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Live Blog: The Ball by John Fox

On The Raspy Frog

Just went back to reread one of my favorite lines from this book; Fox quoting Dr. James Naismith, the inventor of basketball: "'It was not uncommon,' wrote Naismith of basketball's lawless early days, "to see a player running down the floor, juggling the ball a few inches above his head.'" That's a funny image.

This is an image of the Canadian who invented basketball in 1891.

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Post #17 - "Team Work Makes the Dream Work"

On Notes Too Frank

Dear Reader,

If I’ve learned anything these past few years it’s that the people around you have a big influence on your life and can determine not only if you reach your goals and aspirations but also what those goals and aspirations become. Our minds are built by feedback. We (yes, everybody) go out into the world everyday with a certain swagger that reflects our opinion of the world around us. The way we talk to others, walk down the street, attend to responsibilities, treat our belongings, strive for our wants, and everything we do transmits our opinion of the world. People and things around us react to our broadcasted selves (our opinions) and give us a different perspective.

The signals others give us can agree or disagree with our own opinions. When they agree we gain confidence in our view of the world and tend to put more effort into actualizing the selves we wish to become. In other words: We think we right, so we wanna show everyone the light. We begin to expand outwards, spreading our broadcasted views on the world.

Disagreement leads to questioning; we begin to question other views on the world as well as our own. First, we turn inward to examine our beliefs and see if they hold up in our world. Then, we look towards others; perhaps they see something we don’t. Perhaps they have experienced something unknown to us. Sometimes though, insecurity in our beliefs can lead to overly defending them, rather than opening up to amendments. We can sometimes become blind and lose ourselves in the cover of our shields.

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