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Why Tesla founder Elon Musk isn’t afraid to fail

Experts have called him the Steve Jobs of the car business. Elon Musk was raised in South Africa and as a young boy was fascinated with computer programming. He sold his first game programming at age 12 and was destined for Silicon Valley.

Out of college, he started his first company with his brother, and one of their products was PayPal. They sold it to eBay for $1.5 billion, with Musk getting $180 million as his share of the profits.

But Elon Musk did not stop there and retire to an island. Instead, he started two new companies, Tesla Motors and SpaceX. Tesla Motors makes high-end electric cars that go extremely fast and look very sleek. Unfortunately, they are extremely expensive.

With a big fan base and a long wait to purchase his cars, Musk’s car company has become a big hit after a few major bumps in the road. Many experts have touted that if he can make an inexpensive Tesla for the general public, the electric car business will change forever.

Interestingly, Musk thought Tesla Motors would never make it. Asked why he would start a company he thought would fail, he simply stated that when you know something is important, you must try to make it work. His ultimate goal is to make a dent in greenhouse gas emissions.

Most people do the opposite. If failure is a strong possibility, most do not follow their dream, but instead play it safe and never follow it.

Have you followed your dream, knowing that success was a slim possibility? Have you made a significant change in your life without a cushy success parachute?

Fear of failure is the biggest roadblock to finding our true path. We have been taught from an early age that failure leaves a black mark on our soul, so we protect ourselves from it.

Elon Musk does not see the possibility of failure as a stumbling block, so he soars among the great men of our generation. In fact, his SpaceX company has a contract with NASA to refuel and restock the space station.

Musk’s sister understands him. She has said Musk has seen the future and wants to share it with all of us. Our future is much brighter when we have people like Elon Musk leading the charge.

Dr. Gregg Steinberg is a professor of human performance at Austin Peay State University. He is author of the best-selling business book “Full Throttle, ” and speaks to businesses about improving attitude and performance. Learn more at www.drgreggsteinberg.com.

(Source: tennessean.com)

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Tiny houseboat

Man Designs Micro Houseboat You Can Build for Cheap


In this post I’m going to show you a micro houseboat that you can probably build.

One of my favorite things about tiny houses, micro cabins, and “alternative” structures is that you can get as creative as you want.

You can build tiny however and wherever you want…

On wheels or on the water (like this micro houseboat).

Up in the trees or underground

Alex has been living in small spaces for more than 7 years, he’s the founding editor of TinyHouseTalk.com, and has passion for exploring and sharing tiny homes (from yurts and RVs to cabins and cottages) and inspiring simple living stories. Send in your story and tiny home photos so we can share and inspire others towards construction

Extremely nice and well done. The owner deserves to feel very proud. Great use of wood to look great while keeping costs, weight low. It’s a slightly more modern version of the classic houseboat/Shanty boat made for centuries and the mainstay of river, lake, bay living in the US for 180 yrs. Many free plans available but this is a excellent one using present materials easier to get.

The layout, 2 couch/beds across from each other, head, closet in back on one side and kitchen on the other is about the best in a 6-7′ wide, 11-16′ long version. And works as a houseboat, trailer, TH, especially for towing as can be narrow and aero.

On mine I’ll make the roof flatter with a deck, steering up there too. Also a PV canopy and water collection from the deck.

Extremely nice and well done. The owner deserves to feel very proud. Great use of wood to look great while keeping costs, weight low. It’s a slightly more modern version of the classic houseboat/Shanty boat made for centuries and the mainstay of river, lake, bay living in the US for 180 yrs. Many free plans available but this is a excellent one using present materials easier to get.

The layout, 2 couch/beds across from each other, head, closet in back on one side and kitchen on the other is about the best in a 6-7′ wide, 11-16′ long version. And works as a houseboat, trailer, TH, especially for towing as can be narrow and aero.

The civil rights struggles of this nation and the wanton violence of others, even those charged to uphold the law, finally galvanized the passive people of this nation into active response — response in the face of lynchings, cross-burnings, fire-hosings, and attack dogs. That active response is most effective when it is non-violent and openly vulnerable.
Episcopal Presiding Bishop Katherine Jefferts Schori, Reclaiming the Gospel of Peace

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Louisiana House votes to uphold ban on sodomy

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The Louisiana House yesterday voted to uphold an unconstitutional state ban on sodomy — essentially political jargon for gay sex — as part of its “crimes against nature” law. 

In Lawrence v. Texas in 2003, the Supreme Court ruled that sodomy bans are unconstitutional. But a handful of states, including Louisiana, refuse to change their anti-sodomy laws. While the statute technically can’t be used as a basis to arrest people, Louisiana deputies have reportedly made sodomy-related arrests recently, inciting a lawmaker to try to repeal it. 

Against all logic or reason, on Tuesday, the state House voted 66-27 to keep the anti-sodomy law in place. 

In a letter urging Louisiana lawmakers to reject the proposal, the influential Christian lobbying organization wrote, “Louisiana’s anti-sodomy statute is consistent with the values of Louisiana residents who consider this behavior to be dangerous, unhealthy, and immoral.”

In a hearing earlier this month, Bill Smith, a member of the Louisiana Family Forum, told committee members that anti-sodomy laws save the lives of gay people by decreasing their exposure to HIV.

"I have homosexuals in my family. I’m here out of love and concern for the health of these people," Smith said in April. “The fact is this opens up ways for them to really kill themselves.”

I want to scream and cry and throw things. 

Likewise. What is this country.

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