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No one wants to say No anymore

Companies tell us that whatever we want, we can have it. Relationships tell us that we have to always please the other person and agree or we might lose their love. This is a lie.

We are told all the time lies that we believe. If we work hard we will be successful. Plenty of people work hard and get sick and die. Plenty of people work hard and tragedy happens to them. Plenty of people don’t work but get money from the lottery, or a rich relative. Almost everything we are told in life is a lie.

One of the biggest lies is that by saying Yes we will find our way to happiness and fortune. Steve Jobs once said that it is only because Apple says no to many things that it can execute well on what it does do. We try to do too much in life, and when we try to do everything we fail.

Yes there is a fear of missing out, but the truth is that doing things doesn’t make you happy. Being happy is a byproduct and not a goal. When you are doing things that are helpful to yourself and others then I feel happy. For me, being useful makes me feel good. Thats part of the reason that I write this, and think about how I can be a better force in the world.

You have to say no as much as you say yes and possibly more. We are limited beings and we have a limited ability to accomplish things. We can focus our lives into something remarkable if we choose something and focus on that. I have chosen to focus on IT and being kind and I have had success with that. I am not the smartest or the kindest, but I am doing the best I can do.

Don’t be afraid to say no.

Solar generator experience the last year

I have really enjoyed having a solar generator the last year. I have only had to charge it from the wall twice. Once before the election and the other time before a major storm. Otherwise it has been fully solar powered.

Long time readers might remember how I spoke before how wonderful the Merlin Solar Panel and Res-Q has been. Together they both cost about $2000. However in the last year I have saved that in the electrical bill since I now charge my lights, iphone, ipad and computer with it.

What is holding me back from using the Res-Q? I could use the Res-Q even more if I had a Solar Panel that was larger than 100W. Merlin has a 170W solar panel that would double my effective watts, but that would be another $700. It is a fantastic quality and I am only limited because I am too cheap to buy that at the moment. Since what I have is working well the higher watt model would just mean I would need to put out the panel less often since it would charge faster. I might buy that this year, but only if there is some major problem with my existing panel.

Tempting to buy another solar generator that I spoke about on here. The Lightharvest sounds interesting but it clearly doesn’t have the quality that the Res-Q has. I do like the features and the size, and the larger battery is a nice feature as well. The 2.4 is currently $1800 which is more than the Res-Q but it has a higher capacity as well. However I don’t need this, but it would be fun to experiment with.

If money was no issue I would buy both the larger Merlin Solar Panel and the Lightharvest device. That would probably cost about $2500. However it would be an incredible amount of stored power and ability to generate power. This is the high end of individual use, which is what I am using it for. You could use it for two people as long as you get some direct sunlight twice a week. I also love the fact that this is portable and you could take to your cabin or travel if you are lucky enough to afford that.