How one word, spoken by the woman he loved, changed his life

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There’s a great scene in the Rocky II movie where Rocky is facing his own reluctance and lost ambition about the upcoming match against Apollo Creed, especially after Adrian, his wife, is hospitalized.

He lacks moral certainty.

Morality and the knowledge that you are right, that the course you have…


It Happened When His Luck Changed

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How it happened he didn’t know.

But it did. Bull’s-eye.

He hit the Bull’s-eye on his first shot!

Suddenly, his luck had changed.

The lights of the carnival blinked and bobbed in the colors of the rainbow.

A calliope churned out semi-sweet carnival noises.

The smell of popcorn, Italian sausages…


On the Highway to the “The End of the Line”

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Outside Hartford, Connecticut, I changed lanes as I tried to keep up with the traffic on the Interstate highway.

Cars zoomed by, exasperated at my slowness.

I was going 69 miles per hour. The speed limit was 65.

Up ahead I saw the exit.

Flicking on my right directional signal…


How to Cure a Defunct Laptop — for Good!

Photo by Ken West

He hit Ctrl — Alt — Delete over and over and over.

Nothing happened.

He was lost on a defunct laptop, unable to get it to do anything except sit there.

He went into the garage to grab a hammer — the biggest one he could find.

Where the hell…


No one would rush him on the roads ever again

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He was ready!

No moronic hotshot in a rush would crowd him on the road ever again — if he wanted to live.

No one would flash their goddamned lights at him because he was only going 60 in a 55 mile-per-hour speed limit (what a joke).

Not this time.


How Things Go Wrong before Crossing the Street

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A pedestrian approached an intersection.

He was on his way to the Food Market directly across the narrow side street.

He saw a beat-up green van across Main Street signaling to turn down the same side street, so he waited for it.

The guy in the van stopped to let…


Especially If You’re Trapped Inside

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I finished the last page of the novel I was reading.

It was good — until the end.

The poor guy in the book was left without food or a way to get it.

The house was filled with booby traps his brother had set.

But his brother was gone…


A lot more than you imagine

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Your ego is you.

It is your self-awareness, that has the power to say “I.”

It is able to grasp reality and make choices.

Your ego engages with the world, regulates your impulses, solves problems, maintains, organizes, and controls your consciousness.

It’s your mind in action.

So, why does the…


And How Crossroad Moments Can Set You Free

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Years ago, I lost my job. I was summarily fired.

I sent a silly and inappropriate email to “All Users” at my company.

The Outlook email popped up on the laptop of the Chairman and Founder of the company, who at that very moment was presenting to a group of…


Practical Ways to Achieve What’s Most Important— Your Desired Future Realities

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Step 1: Exploit your passion

Passion is an underground spring of emotion that provides the power to achieve your dreams. Your passion gets you excited about life. It’s the mother lode of energy deep inside you.

Passion is your strongest feeling. Passion comes from everything that you’ve experienced since you existed. …

Ken West

Author of Capitalism WIIFM, Get What You Want, Achieve Your Purpose, Your Life Zones, Real Ego. I also write for “Post Card Stories,” about the unexpected.

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