Mandi Schrader

Calgary, Canada

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Mandi Schrader
Posted 9 months ago
With all the smart things we learn fred TED talks, does it ever make you wonder that...
I read a really fascinating article today about goals vs processes in terms of effectively getting results and the trap of relying on inspiration and motivation in developing processes and habits in line with our goals. Inspiration fizzles. Determination doesn't. So after a TED talk, ask yourself what you actually can DO about whatever you just heard and then commit to spending at least 5 minutes a day learning more, writing about it, working on it, etc. Some days you'll do more, but always do the 5 minutes. That way it becomes part of your life and habitual thinking. But before you do any of that, critically examine your inspiration and ask yourself if committing to give it your time and energy is really important to you, or if you're just excited about a new idea and happy it exists. Both are good, but only one requires action.
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Mandi Schrader
Posted almost 3 years ago
Do you think this year’s 99percent movements push towards global unity?
As a participant in Occupy Calgary (Canada) I'm not sure global unity is exactly the goal. All of us are part of the movement for diverse reasons and over here at least accepting that diversity is paramount. We debate and frequently disagree but we know that we are all seeing different sides of the same problems. In Canada we are attempting to create open networks of communication between the various Occupy groups to share ideas, raise awareness and provide support, but there is no talk of uniting in the sense of becoming an organization. Not unity, but solidarity. It thrills us to see people all over the world standing up to reject the idea that debt is a fact of life and that it is acceptable for there to be a massive gap between the earnings of the people on the shop floor and the CEO of the company. It is encouraging for me to watch the different aspects of human greed and avarice rearing their ugly heads in response to the movement as well, whether it be the repeated attacks in the mainstream media of the Occupy Calgary campers or the apparent hypocrisy of the Church of England hiding behind their insurance claim to get them out of St Paul's. You'd think of anyone would be behind this it would be followers of Jesus, a radical who challenged the system and scourged the moneylenders on the temple steps and practiced and encouraged peaceful defiance. The movement is holding a mirror up to our culture and revealing the very ugly reasons why we must do so now. I think that people discovering their ability to bait aspects of our culture until they come out of hiding is very empowering. The constant interest and attention paid to the issues is starting to unite the world in a conversation where we are deciding humanity's future, whether you are pro or against the movement, the dialogue and the interest of the majority in that dialogue is a good thing. http://occupiedcalgaryfreepress.wordpress.com/