How To Get Promoted - Take Control Of Your Destiny!

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How To Get Promoted - Take Control Of Your Destiny!

By: Frank F. Lunn

It Is Up To You

So, you want to get promoted. The possibility really lies in your own hands. Remember the trite but true saying, " If it is to be, it is up to me! " Don't wait for things to happen. Set yourself apart from the crowd and make things happen. Most people look outward for success. They look for someone else to appreciate them, someone else to promote them, someone else to motivate them. Success is not external shining in, it is internal radiating out. If you look for other people to define your success or happiness, you will never find your full measure of either. If you want a promotion, set up the conditions to get promoted. Don't dwell on your limitations or what you can't do. Instead, look to magnify and capitalize on your strengths and potential. Spend energy focusing on finding Incremental Advantages and changing and improving areas you can. Big success is built on a series of small successes.

You, Inc. Whether you acknowledge it or not, you are self employed regardless of who signs your paycheck. Failure to recognize this leads to dependence on others and a failure to develop your single most valuable asset - you! Even if you are an employee, you are basically self employed. You are your own personal services corporation selling to one customer in this case, your employer. Whether you earn minimum wage or are in the top bracket of income earners, your business entity, You, Inc., is at the heart of your earning. The quickest route to earning more money is to provide more value to your organization. The more you develop your skills, talents, abilities, attitudes and efforts into value for your employer or your clients, the more you earn and are worth.

Add To Your Value Create a personal balance sheet for yourself. List your assets and your liabilities in the areas of knowledge, talents, skill set, abilities and attitude. Your liabilities in reality are only what you have yet to learn and apply to improve the items on the asset side. What are you doing to push the boundaries and improve the production capability of You, Inc.? Keep learning. The best education is the application of knowledge to your goals. Incremental learning is like climbing a mountain. The more you climb, the more you see and the better you can improve your perspective of all that is below you. The more knowledge and information you gather and put to use, the easier it is to gain new information and apply that information to your life.

Try The Inversarian Approach During rush hour of a major city where most people live in the suburbs, most of the traffic is going out. An inversarian strategy would be to live in the city and work in the suburbs to avoid the traffic created by the masses. Inversarian is observing what the masses are doing and then doing the opposite. To separate from the crowd, use the inversarian principle to your advantage. Most people do little more than expected of them. Doing more than expected and providing more value sets you significantly apart. You only rise in an organization or get true rewards when you put forth effort and prove your worth. Parlay small successes into larger successes and magnify your results. This is really compound success like compound interest. The gains will at first be small and imperceptible. As you apply and reinvest your gains they become more significant. " Stack The Logs! " - reinvest in your wins and small gains. Stack up those small victories. Eventually the pile grows and others take notice.

Do More Than Expected Your goal is to make yourself indispensable. You promote yourself through actions and attitudes and ultimately separate yourself from the crowd waiting for the arrival of the S.S. Entitlement.

Separate Yourself From The Crowd - Take initiative. A person with strong personal initiative is basically a leader of self. The mass of people wait for circumstances.

  • Be a catalyst. One motivated individual is yeast that can leaven an entire loaf. It requires vision, initiative, patience, respect, persistence, courage and faith to be the yeast.

  • Take on more work and look for ways to build value in your organization through becoming a problem solver.

  • Take on projects that challenge and teach you new skills, so you grow in value in your current or future organizations.

  • Find opportunities to do things better and more efficiently than it has been done before.

  • To get paid more, provide more service following the law of harvest - sow and reap.

  • Work hard. Great success comes from hard work directed toward a clearly-defined goal. The harder you work, the " luckier " you will likely be.

Sometimes this means coming in early and staying late. It may mean doing what is asked to the best of your ability, then doing more. When these things are done with enthusiasm and a positive attitude, it creates separation from the crowd and can lead to that promotion you've been working towards.

" The best way to predict the future is to CREATE IT! " -Peter F. Drucker

This is an excerpt from Frank F. Lunn's book Stack The Logs! Building a Success Framework to Reach Your Dreams. This live-your-life-by-design book is part of the Empowerment series published by Kahuna Business Group. Click here to order and start living the life you desire ... and deserve.

To learn more about the STACK Strategy or to take control of your life ... purchase Stack the Logs! visit or email One-tenth of the selling price of $19.95 will be donated to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital to further the work of: " Finding cures. Saving children. "

About The Author

Frank F. Lunn is an expert in leadership, marketing, and small business entrepreneurship. A former military officer and Gulf War veteran, Lunn is the founder of the Kahuna Business Group, a $20 million annual company. Lunn is the author of STACK THE LOGS!: Building a Success Framework to Reach Your Dreams, pledging to donate 10 percent of all sales to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, where his son's life was saved.


NONAME 26.02.2013. 21:20

What's Marxist about wanting a market economy where more are allowed to participate? A service based or industrial based capitalist economy REQUIRES a have not majority that is compelled to sell its labor potential for what "the market" determines they must accept.
In short it preserves the feudal social order but replaces the actors; the owner capitalist class in place of the landed nobility and asset less worker class in place of the manor bound serf.
Why can't we retain market principles but discourage mass concentration of wealth? Give people real liberty and freedom and control of their own destiny. What's wrong with that?


Admin 26.02.2013. 21:20

Demanding money for doing nothing, which is what you want.

Do you notice how many times you used the word class? When you asked who is promoting class warfare, it is people like you.


Whatdoiknow 13.01.2013. 03:22

Why do human beings have to accept putting up with the inevitable? According to many like my grandpa, technology will take over our social lives and eliminate jobs by many years to come. There is hope in the short-term for self-employment and creating your own opportunities but I still feel worried about the social opportunities technology is having an impact on. I know many people tell me I sound like an idiot for saying this but I can't accept that hundreds, or even 30 years from now when we will be enslaved by technology, which will totally replace human life, possibly even poorer economies you can't avoid it at that point. I yearn for the past. I really want the opportunity to grow up in my parents or grandparents era.

I hear that this technology is all inevitable. Therefore, the problems it promotes are inevitable. And death too? Why can't humans refuse to put up with the inevitable? Has it even been tested and proven that technology is inevitable to the point of making humans obsolete? Why should I accept that which I have no control that is frightening?

Why should I be called an idiot too for refusing to put up with it?


Admin 13.01.2013. 03:22

Instead of rebelling against technology, embrace and use it to your advantage. You accept the fact that it will be part of your life, but your opinion is that it will control you. You have the ability to control your own destiny. Technology is merely a tool--use the tool. There is more to technology than social applications.


Yogopuffs 26.06.2012. 20:06

If your parents do what they do because they love you, why does Disney Channel promote standing up to them? Every Disney movie has their main character at some point stand up to their parents to do what they want to do in life, but doesn't that promote stubbornness and children not wanting to listen to their parents? Don't parents tell you what to do that because they love you?


Admin 26.06.2012. 20:06

Ideally, parents tell you what to do because they love you and to keep you safe. A good parent always wants what is best for the kid. When the kid gets older and starts to make decisions and wants to take a different path in life than they took, a good parent should support the kid's decisions, and encourage them, as long as it's not something that is going to get them hurt or in trouble.

Unfortunately, there are some parents out there who are trying to live their life through their kids. They want their kids to be a copy of them. They want to try to mold them into what THEY want, instead of accepting the fact that the kid is a separate person with their own identity, wishes, dreams, and destiny. Some dads want their son to be a good athlete, or a doctor, or some other dream they had and they push the kid into it. I have seen this happen.

In that case, yes it is GOOD for the kid to rebel and make the parents understand that it is their life and they have to accept the fact that it is the kid's life, not theirs.

By the way, the parent-child relationship problems don't suddenly end when the kid turns 18. No way. Even after the kid becomes a young adult, some parents still try to control them. Talk to any young adult in their 20's or early 30's and see if they get along perfectly with their mom and dad. Yeah, maybe you might not be living in the same house anymore, but what happens when you visit or talk on the phone? A lot of them probably still argue sometimes because they don't look at life the same way.

I still argue with my parents sometimes, and so do a lot of my friends.


joehicswa 05.11.2008. 17:22

How can I develop self-discipline, self-control and self-confidence? I 'm not confident of things I say & do in company of others.


Admin 05.11.2008. 17:22

The only way to gain confidence is to Value Ourselves, when you can work up even the slightest bit of worth try these things...

1. Increase the size and variety of your social circle. Interacting with others isn't only for making friends. It's also important for learning from others. From others, we learn appropriate behaviors and one of those behaviors is properly responding to failure.

It isn't uncommon for a person with low self-esteem to interpret failure as the end of the world, and this is usually the direct result of existing in isolation.

In isolation, everything gets blown out of proportion but in a group of others, more important issues take precedence and they tend to put small problems back into their proper perspective.

If getting in a circle of friends is difficult, join a support group with people in similar situations. I actually did this when I had some of these issues, and it helped me greatly.

2. Try to finish what you start. A bunch of unfinished projects don't do much for anyone let alone those with low self-esteem, and they can actually work against efforts to rebuild confidence in some individuals.

If you can narrow your projects down to 2 or 3 jobs that can be completed with a sense of pride, you can move on to make even more accomplishments and opportunities to build additional pride and self-worth.

More often than not, starting a project is actually the difficult part, so start knowing that it can only get EASIER.

3. Start taking control of your life. Easier said than done, you can start to take control over situations by starting with the smaller events in your life.

The important thing is to learn that you're not a victim of circumstance and that you are in control of your destiny.

Recognizing this control and realizing that this control is yours to own and shape to fit your lifestyle is a great way to make some important changes, build your self-esteem, and ultimately obtain confidence in ways that you might have felt were unreachable.

4. Take Care of Ourselves
Self-care isn?t just limited to how we look. It encompasses everything from proper diet, exercise and medical care to allowing ourselves enough time for rest, relaxation and recreation. Real self-confidence is increased when we behave as though we are worthy of being treated well.

5. Step Outside the Box
Being confident doesn?t mean having unrealistic, superhuman expectations of ourselves. On the contrary, we are most likely to feel confident when we know both our capabilities and our limits, and can function within these boundaries.

If we truly want to become confident, we must first recognize that confidence isn?t about being or feeling larger than life. Confidence means that we are right-sized: We feel good about the abilities we have, neither downplaying them nor blowing them out of proportion.

6. Taking Risks
Most of the time this one is left out, but this I believe is the most essential. Take calculated (and sometimes not so calculated) risks gives us chances to gain confidence significantly and quickly. In situations where we care deeply about the outcomes and people involved, it is often our greatest fears that point us in the direction that would best serve our growth.

For example, we might love nothing more than to be promoted to a certain position within our company. We might also be afraid to ask or apply for that very promotion, perhaps because we doubt our abilities or simply because we fear speaking up and being rejected.

Why we are afraid doesn?t matter much. What matters is that we periodically do things that scare us, regardless of the outcomes. The outcome isn?t what gives us the self-confidence we seek, anyway; it?s pushing through fear and proving to ourselves that we can.

7. Acknowledge Our Successes
All experiences can be used as stepping stones to greater success and greater confidence, if we so choose. When we succeed, it?s important to take a moment to acknowledge that success and examine why we did well.

Even outcomes we might negatively label ?failures? still contain valuable lessons. We have the choice either to use these experiences as evidence (albeit false) that we are weak, stupid, incapable or unlucky, or we can use our new knowledge of what doesn?t work to form a better plan for next time.

Hope this helps you out...
Good luck


Marie-Ellen L 05.09.2010. 18:43

Does osama bin laden wants to kill just the americans or others to? I was wondering if he wanted to kill just the americans or others races?
I'm canadian does he want to kill canadians to?

Marie-Ellen L

Admin 05.09.2010. 18:43

Al Qaeda has declared a global jihad, not just on America. They're active on other continents and have perpetuated attacks or have trained and sponsored others to do the attacks. Their goal is to get an Islamic Caliphate, Islamic control, globally. They also terrorize other moderately led Islamic nations to wrestle control from them so they can institute their own brand of Islamic ideology.

Al Qaeda is an offshoot of the: Muslim Brotherhood--->Maktab al-Khidamat--->Al Qaeda. The Muslim Brotherhood, like Al Qaeda, has operatives in other nations. It is quite common for the Islamic groups to split.

They feed off each other like piranhas in a feeding frenzy. Some go for the political struggle while others go for mainly militant terror tactics. In the end, they all still support each other.

I'm not aware of Al Qaeda operatives within the US, but I am aware of Muslim Brotherhood within America, with other "political allies" striving for jihad and the overthrow of Western US government.

"The process of settlement is a "Civilization-Jihadist Process" with all the word means. The Ikhwan must understand that their work in America is a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and "sabotaging" its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and God's religion is made victorious over all other religions. Without this level of understanding, we are not up to this challenge and have not prepared ourselves for Jihad yet. It is a Muslim's destiny to perform Jihad and work wherever he is and wherever he lands until the final hour comes, and there is no escape from that destiny."
Muslim Brotherhood in America (.pdf file)

Islamic Circle of North America: "The main objective for ILF is enriching the lives of Muslims in general and Muslim Youth in particular by educating their minds and affecting their hearts with sound knowledge of Islamic Shariah thus deepening their awareness of Islam as a universal and eternal way of living for mankind and providing a new caliber of Muslim leaders."

"Muslims want to take the U.S. down," Cromitie says on one tape played for the jury. "Believe me, we can do it with our regular Muslims here."
Edit: Yes they want to kill Canadians too. No continent or country has been immune from Islamic terrorism. Canada also has a large immigrant population, of homegrowns, that can vote to overthrow the status quo, or otherwise terrorize from within. Here are a couple links/quotes showing global issues.

2006 Toronto terrorism plot
"We're not officially al-Qaida but we share their principles and methods"

Hamas In Their Own Voices
Rome Will be Conquered, [and we will] spread thru Europe in its entirety and then will turn to the two Americas, and even Eastern Europe -- Yunis Al-Astal, Hamas MP & Cleric, Hamas TV 4/13/08

The Escalation of the Conflict During Ahmadinejad's Presidency
With Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's rise to power in 2005, the conflict reemerged, with greater intensity. Ahmadinejad reverted to Iran's previous policy of anti-Saudi hegemony, by pushing the export of the revolution, and promoting a messianic Shi'ite vision that stresses the imminent appearance of the Mahdi and the reestablishment of the great Persian Empire. In his second television appearance following his election, he said: "The message of the [Islamic] Revolution is global, and not restricted to a specific time or place. It is a human message, and it will move forward. Have no doubt... Allah willing, Islam will conquer. Islam will conquer what? It will conquer all the mountaintops of the world."


Aaron 08.01.2011. 15:24

What books are similar to the Protector of the Small series by Tamora Pierce but written for adults? I am looking for something to read like books written by Tamora Pierce, but a little more mature.


Admin 08.01.2011. 15:24

I LOVE Tamora Pierce!!! The only author/book I have found so far that is similar to Tamora, but for adults is Kristin Cashore. So far she has written Graceling and Fire. Here's what I can find on amazon about Graceling:

Graceling takes readers inside the world of Katsa, a warrior-girl in her late teens with one blue eye and one green eye. This gives her haunting beauty, but also marks her as a Graceling. Gracelings are beings with special talents?swimming, storytelling, dancing. Katsa's Grace is considered more useful: her ability to fight (and kill, if she wanted to) is unequaled in the seven kingdoms. Forced to act as a henchman for a manipulative king, Katsa channels her guilt by forming a secret council of like-minded citizens who carry out secret missions to promote justice over cruelty and abuses of power.

Combining elements of fantasy and romance, Cashore skillfully portrays the confusion, discovery, and angst that smart, strong-willed girls experience as they creep toward adulthood. Katsa wrestles with questions of freedom, truth, and knowing when to rely on a friend for help. This is no small task for an angry girl who had eschewed friendships (with the exception of one cousin that she trusts) for her more ready skills of self-reliance, hunting, and fighting. Katsa also comes to know the real power of her Grace and the nature of Graces in general: they are not always what they appear to be.

Graceling is the first book in a series, and Kristin Cashore?s first work of fiction. It sets up a vivid world with engaging characters that readers will certainly look forward to following beyond the last chapter of this book.

For some fantasy that I think is just as good:

The Study Series by Maria V Snyder. The first book is called "Poison Study" and there are 3 books in the series (there is also a spin off series now as well, which starts with Stormglass). Here's what I can find on

Yelena has committed the ultimate sin and for that, she has been sentenced to die by hanging. Yet when she faces the man whom will send her to the noose, she receives an offer instead to live. Granted, there are catches, first and foremost the duty of food taster. Assassination by poison is ever a favored way to strike at the Commander and as the next prisoner to be executed, and as they need to fill the position, Yelena is next in line for the job. Thinking escape is surely in her future, she takes on the dangerous new duty. Her new handler though, Valek, has many tricks up is sleeve and soon Yelena finds it's not as easy to escape as she thought.

The castle walls of the former King of Ixia hold secrets and dangers, and they all seem focused on the newest member to the Commander's staff. As Yelena begins and perfects her new poison detecting skills, she'll still have to deal with a general that wants her dead, the stigma of a murderer and strange powers that, while having manifested slowly long ago, are now to the point of no return--she must learn to control them or she'll be in even more trouble than when she faced the noose. When a conspiracy against the Commander comes to light, Yelena will come face to face once more with the demons that drove her to kill. The question is; will this stoic poison detector be able to triumph over them again?

The "Pellinor Series" by Alison Croggon. It goes The Gift, The Riddle, The Crow and The Singing.

Maerad is a slave in a desperate and unforgiving settlement, taken there as a child when her family is destroyed in war. She doesn?t yet know she has inherited a powerful gift, one that marks her as a member of the noble School of Pellinor and enables her to see the world as no other can. It is only when she is discovered by Cadvan, one of the great Bards of Lirigon, that her true identity and extraordinary destiny unfold. Now, she and her mysterious teacher must embark on a treacherous, uncertain journey through a time and place where the forces of darkness wield an otherworldly terror.

Or there is "The Old Kingdom Trilogy" by Garth Nix. It goes Sabriel, Lirael and then Abhorsen.

Darker than most fantasy this is a trilogy to really immerse oneself in. Sabriel is at boarding school until her father goes missing and she is forced to return to the land of her birth and assume the role of Abhorsen, guardian of the nine levels of death and warrior against the evil forces that lurk there. With free-magic an untameable peril that daily confronts the stability of the Old Kingdom Sabriel has her work cut out to develop the necessary skills to survive the onrushing cataclysm. Imagine Harry Potter cast into the wilderness and made to fight Voldemort without the safety and education of Hogwarts and his friends. This is stripped down magical fantasy, spectacularly characterised and awesomely exciting.

I hope I helped some ^_^ and that you enjoy at least one of the suggestions =D


Wilfred 01.05.2013. 11:38

What happens when a "big" game is released on current gen consoles and then next gen consoles come? I just want to know, like let's say if we take GTA V as an example, what happens when they release that in September time and then a couple months later the next gen consoles come out? Will they sell another game a normal retail price for that console? Because I really want to preorder GTA and I don't know if that's a bad idea.

I've also been reading on Bungie's Destiny (which I might also preorder), they have said that they are releasing the game on current gen AND next gen but surely that means the next gen one will be better: graphics, features etc. and they will probably sell them for the same price. So it's just confusing, it either seems like a very bad market idea or a very good one? What happens in that limbo district between the death of current gen and the birth of next gen?


Admin 01.05.2013. 11:38

The switch between console generations is always kind of murky... I think it mostly depends on how close the game's release is to that of the new consoles, and whether the publisher thinks there's profit to be had in multiple releases.
Most games will just be released for the current system (and may also work on the next gen system if there is backwards compatibility).
Big big budget games may get a slightly late port to the next gen system, especially if the company wants to push out DLC. The ported game will still be the same, but might be promoted as a sort of 'Collector's Edition' with tacked-on bonus features (to get some folks to buy the game a second time).
Very rarely, a game will come out for both the current gen and next gen. This can require a large chunk of extra development time to work on both versions simultaneously, but the game will be the same on either console (there's a chance that the next gen system will do better with rendering graphics and such... but there aren't usually any feature changes, simply because it would take to much time/money). The only example of this I can think of at the moment is Twilight Princess, which released on both Gamecube and Wii. The Wii version used motion controls, but the games played the same otherwise.

I would guess that GTA V will eventually make its way to the upcoming consoles... but if you're interested enough to consider preordering, you're probably better off playing it as soon as it comes out. I mean, why wait? c:


N!ck 04.05.2011. 04:05

Can someone give a brief but thorough summary on Jacksonian Democracy? Of all the aspects of US history for some reason I have trouble understanding this part, and I have an AP test in a few days. Can someone thoroughly summarize what Jacksonian Democracy is please? Thanks.


Admin 04.05.2011. 04:05

Jacksonian democracy is the political philosophy of United States politician Andrew Jackson and his supporters. Jackson's policies followed the era of Jeffersonian democracy which dominated the previous political era. Prior to and during Jackson's time as President, his supporters (the beginnings of the modern Democratic Party) were resisted by the rival Adams and Anti-Jacksonian factions, which later gave rise to the Whigs. More broadly, the term refers to the period of the Second Party System (mid 1830s-1854) when Jacksonian philosophy was ascendant as well as the spirit of that era. It can be contrasted with the characteristics of Jeffersonian democracy. Jackson's equal political policy became known as Jacksonian Democracy, subsequent to ending what he termed a "monopoly" of government. During the Jacksonian era, the electorate expanded to include all white male adult citizens, rather than only land owners in that group.

In contrast to the Jeffersonian era, Jacksonian democracy promoted the strength of the presidency and executive branch at the expense of Congress, while also seeking to broaden the public's participation in government. They demanded elected (not appointed) judges and rewrote many state constitutions to reflect the new values. In national terms the Jacksonians favored geographical expansion, justifying it in terms of Manifest Destiny. There was usually a consensus among both Jacksonians and Whigs that battles over slavery should be avoided. The Jacksonian Era lasted roughly from Jackson's 1828 election until the slavery issue became dominant after 1850 and the American Civil War dramatically reshaped American politics as the Third Party System emerged.--------------------- Jacksonian democracy was built on political principles:

Expanded Suffrage
The Jacksonians believed that voting rights should be extended to all white men. By 1840, universal white male suffrage was the norm, and nearly all requirements to own property had been dropped.
Manifest Destiny
This was the belief that white Americans had a destiny to settle the American West and to expand control from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific and that the West should be settled by yeoman farmers. The Free Soil Jacksonians, notably Martin Van Buren, however, argued for limitations on slavery in the new areas to enable the poor white man to flourish. The Whigs generally opposed Manifest Destiny and expansion, saying the nation should build up its cities.
Also known as the spoils system, patronage was the policy of placing political supporters into appointed offices. Many Jacksonians held the view that rotating political appointees in and out of office was not only the right but also the duty of winners in political contests. Patronage was theorized to be good because it would encourage political participation by the common man and because it would make a politician more accountable for poor government service by his appointees. Jacksonians also held that long tenure in the civil service was corrupting, so civil servants should be rotated out of office at regular intervals. However, it did lead to the hiring of incompetent and sometimes corrupt officials in the place of competent ones from the other party.
Strict Constructionism
Like the Jeffersonians who strongly believed in the Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions, Jacksonians initially favored a federal government of limited powers. Jackson said that he would guard against "all encroachments upon the legitimate sphere of State sovereignty". This is not to say that Jackson was a states' rights extremist; indeed, the Nullification Crisis would find Jackson fighting against what he perceived as state encroachments on the proper sphere of federal influence. This position was one basis for the Jacksonians' opposition to the Second Bank of the United States. As the Jacksonians consolidated power, they more often advocated expanding federal power and Presidential power in particular.
Laissez-faire Economics
Complementing a strict construction of the Constitution, the Jacksonians generally favored a hands-off approach to the economy, as opposed to the Whig program sponsoring modernization, railroads, banking, and economic growth. The leader was William Leggett of the Locofocos in New York City.
In particular, the Jacksonians opposed government-granted monopolies to banks, especially the national bank, a central bank known as the Second Bank of the United States. Jackson fought to end the government monopoly to the Bank and was opposed by the Whigs, led by Daniel Webster and Nicholas Biddle, the bank chairman. Jackson himself was opposed to all banks, because he believed they were devices to cheat common people; he and many followers believed that only gold and silver could be money.


Baroness von green putty 22.07.2007. 22:22

Why do others care about their image so much? Hello i'm Moley.
People say my fwiend is a beaver tooffed rwetard and he looks scary but he's rweally funny and clever dispite others saying, he's not just a complete anorak with matching pointy head but there is somfingk vwery wong.
I can't see him very well but he hasn't never tried to eat me or been nasty ever!
Humans are too weak to make a fortnight.

Baroness von green putty

Admin 22.07.2007. 22:22

It's a cryin' shame, moley, but first impressions count for a lot,
and even if that doesn't seem true to you, that's how people are.
Just out of high school and into your twenties,you're not going to give a damn what people think, and that's when all the wild hair, and piercings and tattoos are going to take place. There comes a point when you've been judged and rejected enough times
for failing to impress on that 1st impression, that you either become a hardened criminal, and go into heavy drugs and scammin' and rippin' off, and continuing not to care what people think, or you compromise a little meet society halfway, so that certain opportunities open up to you, and then in some sense you can partly control your destiny, well aware of the first impression you give, and designing it to put people at ease, and promote social harmony. You, moley, and your bizarre friend might not be ready to compromise your right to look crazy as a form of free expression, and
I'd be the last to try and stop you. ALL of life is a phase we're going through. Be aware of where you are, and have been, and you'll start seeing patterns you can control and modify, to put you closer to your dreams!


shnarbis b 12.09.2008. 16:33

What effects did the Medici family have on the renaissance? Im doing a report on the Medici Family and their effects on the Renaissance. Please explain some of their effects on the Renaissance.
thanks a bunch
u guys rock!

shnarbis b

Admin 12.09.2008. 16:33

The Medici family is noteworthy for having been patrons of the Renaisssance. It was responsible for the commissioning of many artists and artisans associated with the Renaissance. Under its unusually tolerant rule, the city of Florence, which at the time was like a city state, is said to have rivalled Athens.

The Medici family is said to haved directed the destiny of Florence from the 15th centry until 1737. It exerted the same kind influence over the region of Tuscany from 1569 until the end of its inluence.

The rise of the Medici family from obscurity to enormous wealth that of prominent merchants and bankers, is said to have marked the triumph of the capitalist class over that of the guild merchants and artisons. Until 1532, the democratic constitution of Florence, Italy was outwardly upheld, but the Medicis exerted the actual control over the government, (except during the time when members of the family were in exile.), without ever having held any permanent offical postions.

Cosimo de Medici, the son of the founder, Giovanni, financed lavish charities and patronnage, but, nevetheless, doubled his own fortune, in spite of his "generosity". He founded the Medici library and the academy for Greek studies. Politically, he managed to keep harmony among the Italian city states.

The Medicis exerted an influence over the Pope and the Roman Catholic Church. Lorenzo Medici (1449-1492)entered into war with Pope Sixtus IV. One of the enemies of Lorenzo was Savonorola. The Medicis were active in opposing the Counter-Reformation. Lorenzo's son, Giovanni, later became a pope himself.

The Medici family expanded its influence by alligning itself with European royalty. Catherine Medici became queen of France. The cousin of Lorenzo Medici (1492-1519), anmed Giulio, later became Pope Clement VII and took control of Florence. He made his illegitimate son, Ippolito a cardinal in 1531. He continued his rule through Alessandro Medici, duke of Urbino.

Later lines of the Medicis became the grand dukes of Tuscany. They were descended from the Lorenzo de' Medici who died in 1540. Under the rule of Cosimo de' Medici, (1579-1574)who was known as a ruthless ruler, Florence reached the height of its political and material power, supported by Pope Pius V. Cosimo had assumed absolute power.His son Francesco established alliances with the Hapsbugs and his daughter Marie de' Medici became queen of France.

Cosimo II de' Medici was a patron of Galileo. Ferdinand I de' Medici, brother of Cosimo II, founded the Villa de' Medici and Leghorn. Ferdinand II de' Medici founded the first academy of natural sciences in 1657.

The Medici family seems to have been the harbinger of the capitalist system. To the extent that it promoted and enabled the Renaissance, it represents both the desirable and the objectionable elements of the Renaissance and of the capitalist system in general. A leading figure of the Renaissance during the time of the Medici family rule was Nicolo Machiaveli (11469-1527, who wrote 'The Prince' a work which made his name a symbol of political unscrupulousness. Machiavelli is said to have personally preferred a republican type of government. The writer also had made diplomatic missions to France, to the pope and to the emperor and is attributed to having played a leading role in the Florentine republic.


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