Thirteen signs you are wasting your potential

13 signs that you are wasting your potential
Thirteen signs you are wasting your potential

Were you as reckless as I was?

I used to be the type of person who did not put a lot of thought into the future. I was curious about life and I just wanted to see what happened. At 18, I left home 12 days after graduating from high school and moved from Los Angeles to Chicago. Had I ever been in Chicago? No. Did I have family or friends in Chicago? No. Did I have any reason for going to Chicago? No. It seemed like the scariest place in America to me at the time. I thought that would be a good way to have an adventure. And, I did. I went to Chicago, stayed for 11 months and then travelled south to Florida. By making spontaneous, reckless decisions, I managed to see a lot of the United States. I eventually ended up moving to Europe. Now, I live in Germany.

As I approach 50 years of age, I am grateful that I have survived as long as I have. I regret not having a disciplined life with concrete goals. I probably should have completed an education before I decided to travel. I probably should have had some well-defined, concrete goals, too. I think these two changes in my lifestyle would have been beneficial. There are probably a lot of other changes that I should have made, too.

Consequently, I’m a sucker for lists that claim to be able to tell you if you are living your life properly. To paraphrase Zeppelin, it is never too late to change the road you are on. A good list might just do the trick and lead one down the path to success, riches, and happiness.

Thirteen signs you are wasting your potential

I copied this life-list at (which they probably stole from some other website). I hate how their website is set up. I don’t even know how I got there. There are ads all over the place. Most of the ads are made to look like “next” buttons to trick you into clicking on their ads. That annoys me.

Therefore, I am reposting the list here to save you the 5 minutes you would waste at their ad-heavy website. The list should only take 15 seconds of your life to read. I have also added a point of my own.

After you read it, please make a comment. Does this list resonate with you? Why or why not?

Thirteen signs you are wasting your potential

  1. You are religious, homeless or addicted to meth.
  2. You don’t leave your comfort zone
  3. You’re not learning anything
  4. You’re glued to your phone
  5. You’re not working a job you want
  6. You spend too much time with people who don’t matter
  7. You’re spending money on things that don’t matter
  8. You don’t get enough sleep
  9. You’re not taking care of your body
  10. You do things you shouldn’t be doing
  11. You find yourself complaining a lot
  12. You have zero goals for the future
  13. Do you trust you and like to have you as a friend?

What I need to work on in my life

Point One (comfort zone) and Point Seven (lack of sleep) are the two items I should work on fixing. I do not like leaving my house, let alone my comfort zone. Yet, how can you learn if you are not in situations greater than your abilities. Always take jobs beyond your skill-set and then develop the skills needed to do the job well.

Point Four was a problem for a while. I took a job that I hated, so that I would be able to afford to get more education. It was a long, 18 months of back-breaking work, but I accomplished my goal. I’m in school again. If you are in school now, do not waste the time. Learn everything that you can.

As for Point Twelve, people see you differently than you see yourself. If you do not have any close friends, that’s very telling of you. If you want more friends, be nice to others. It takes no effort to treat people kindly. Being kind to people makes the world a better place and does not cost you any extra time or money.

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Help Nasa Get to Mars by Sleeping

Have you ever been in warm, comfortable bed on a cold Sunday morning? Maybe it was raining or snowing outside. You might have even been able to hear the wind blowing the tree branches against side of your house or apartment. Have you ever felt that you never wanted to get up or that you just wanted to stay in bed forever? Maybe at times like these, you have thought to yourself from under your warm bed covers, “Wouldn’t it be nice to get paid to stay in bed?”

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“Day 174 – Snoozing” by Phil Gradwell (2008) 1

If you have ever felt like this, you are in luck. NASA’s “Bed Rest Study” will pay you to stay in bed for anywhere between 97 and 105 days. The information NASA collects, about the physiological effects on the human body from limited movement, will help NASA prepare for future space missions to Mars and the asteroids. This study might be the only time that a person will be able to help future astronauts survive the trip to Mars by simply not getting out of bed.

CFT 70 Countermeasure and Functional Testing in Head-Down Tilt Bed Rest

Officially named, “CFT 70 Countermeasure and Functional Testing in Head-Down Tilt Bed Rest,” NASA intends to use the study to “show how much your body, tilted down slightly with head down and feet up, for 70 days, 24-hours a day, without getting out of bed, except for limited times for specific tests, is like an astronaut’s body during the weightlessness of spaceflight.”

CFT 70 is designed to help researchers study the changes the human body experiences while traveling weightlessly in space. The test is broken up into two groups. Both groups of participants will be required to stay in continuously stay in bed except for controlled experiments. Some test subjects will, however, be required to participate in exercise program.

Orion Space Module
Orion Space Module

The NASA test documentation states, “If you are a subject who participates in the exercise program your exercise training during bed rest will be conducted in the lying down position on specially designed exercise equipment. Your aerobic exercise will use a treadmill and cycle. Your resistance (weight lifting) exercise will use special weight machines. You will participate in a three-week pre-training program, where you will become familiar with the equipment and attend sessions to practice the exercises in the pre-bed rest phase.

According to the applicant documentation, NASA’s CFT 70 study will take between 97 to 105 days depending on whether or not you participate in the exercise program. If you decide to participate in the study, non-exercising subjects will be scheduled to spend about 97 days and exercising subjects will spend 105 days at the NASA’s Flight Analogs Research Unit (FARU) at the University of of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas.

During all phases of CFT 70, participants will take part in tests to evaluate bone, muscle, heart and circulatory systems, and nervous systems, as well as nutritional condition and the ability for participants to fight off infections.

NASA is looking for participants that resemble astronauts physical condition as much as possible. Study candidates will be required to pass the Modified Air Force Class III Physical. Th class 3 physical will be conducted by a medical doctor and include thorough examinations of vision and hearing, “a complete blood and urine analysis, an electrocardiogram, a drug and alcohol screening, and infectious disease screening.” Only healthy, physically fit candidates should apply.

Nasa's Orion Spacecraft - The Journey to Mars
Nasa’s Orion Spacecraft – The Journey to Mars

What is the purpose of the test?

NASA is planning to send human to Mars. NASA needs to find out what effects such a trip will have on the human body. NASA has stated that it is “developing the capabilities needed to send humans to an asteroid by 2025 and Mars in the 2030s – goals outlined in the bipartisan NASA Authorization Act of 2010 and in the U.S. National Space Policy, also issued in 2010.”

NASA has also developed the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle (MPCV). Orion is a spacecraft intended to carry a crew of up to four astronauts to destinations at or beyond low Earth orbit (LEO). Currently under development by NASA for launch on the Space Launch System, Orion is currently intended to facilitate human exploration of asteroids and of Mars, as well as to provide a means of delivering or retrieving crew or supplies from the ISS if needed. You can read more about the Orion spacecraft here.

Would you like to help astronauts get to Mars by staying in bed?

If you would like to be a participant and be paid to stay in bed, you can apply by visiting the NASA CFT 70 “Bed Rest Study” website.

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