Why Do I Push Myself So Hard & Push Those Around Me To Do The Same?

by Dr. Monroe Mann, PhD, Esq, MBA, LLM, ME, EMT
Founder & Executive Director, Break Diving, Inc.

People ask me how I am able to do so much, and where I find the energy.  I think it’s partly due to the following reasons:

  • My dad had Alzheimer’s Disease.  Granted, it happened late in his life, but through my PhD studies in psych, I know that it can hit as early as 27 years old.  So why do I push myself so hard?  I could start losing my memory any day.
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The Fluency Book – Farm (ANIMALS)

by Dr. Monroe Mann, PhD, Esq, MBA, LLM, ME, EMT
Founder & Executive Director, Break Diving, Inc. & the Fluency Project

What is the Fluency Book?

Below are the most common Farm Animals that most native speakers in any language should know.  Fill in all the blanks with the translation.  Use a dictionary.  Then move onto the next list!  Every few months, come back, print it out again, and see how many you can remember.  When you can fill this out without looking at a dictionary, nice job!… Read More “The Fluency Book – Farm (ANIMALS)”

秋叶 (Autumn Leaves)

By: Echo Yu in Suzhou, China
Staff Member, Break Diving’s Fluency Project

我喜欢秋天,我更喜欢秋天的落叶。
  我喜欢独自一人坐在秋千上看秋的落叶。看着它们静悄悄的脱离枝脉,一片一片,悠悠荡荡,像一个个小精灵们无忧无虑的飞在空中。
  记忆中的秋天仍是硕果累累的金黄色。下课铃响起,我和伙伴们便迫不及待的冲出教室,在大榕树下的落叶堆里试图寻找最强健的“筋”(树叶的叶脉),试图在“拔筋”(两个人将各自的叶脉交叉,用力拽,谁的叶脉先断即为输)活动中摘得头筹。那时,每个秋天我总是乐此不疲的寻找着“筋”,转瞬已过十多年,却再没有体会过专心寻找一根打遍天下无敌手的“筋”的执着之情了。

  儿时总是有数不清的美好回忆,一片叶子,一截粉笔甚至一块石头都能开心的玩上一天。长大后却远远没了那份耐心,眼里丢失了很多美好。我不在驻足看一片枯黄的秋叶翩然落下,而是裹紧大衣,行色匆匆。有多久没有好好感受秋天了呢,每每想至此,便免不了自责忘记了生活的本质。
  看着落叶幽幽的从枝头姿势悠然的划落下来,没有任何叹息。不免感叹,叶这短短一生,有风掠过,有云掠过,有鸟陪过,有蝶舞过。它品味春天的风雨,夏天的艳阳,留着清光的气息,浓阳的呢喃。
  来年,来年这里又是一方绿葱之地。
  明霞的暖秋,静丽的落叶,温暖的思绪,簌簌的落下。
  秋千的环绕,风儿带来了积藏已久的哀怨和彷徨,寻觅。寻觅灿烂,抓住即逝的美丽,让它闪亮,在记忆中存香。


 


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The Fluency Book – Australia (ANIMALS)

by Dr. Monroe Mann, PhD, Esq, MBA, LLM, ME, EMT
Founder & Executive Director, Break Diving, Inc. & the Fluency Project

Read This First: What is the Fluency Book?

Below are the most common Australian Animals that most native speakers in any language should know.  Fill in all the blanks with the translation.  Use a dictionary.  Then move onto the next list!  Every few months, come back, print it out again, and see how many you can remember.  When you can fill this out without looking at a dictionary, nice job!… Read More “The Fluency Book – Australia (ANIMALS)”

Living in a Country Does NOT Automatically Make You Fluent in a Foreign Language

by Dr. Monroe Mann, PhD, Esq, MBA, LLM, ME, EMT
Founder & Exec. Dir., Break Diving, Inc. & the Fluency Project

Conventional wisdom says that actually living in a country where the language is spoken is like drinking from a firehose: you become fluent in no time.… Read More “Living in a Country Does NOT Automatically Make You Fluent in a Foreign Language”

How to Use CodeMentor.io to Help You Improve Your Coding Skills While Building an App!

by Dr. Monroe Mann, PhD, Esq, MBA, LLM, ME
Founder & Executive Director, Break Diving, Inc.
and… Ruby on Rails web developer

Before I started Break Diving, I created a couple app on my own.  Well, almost on my own.

You can see one of them at www.mymusic.bio.  A simply app to help people document their lives and memories by linking them to the songs they’ve heard over their lifetimes.  It didn’t take off like the rocket I had hoped, but I learned some great lessons as a result, and one of them is that you never have to code alone.… Read More “How to Use CodeMentor.io to Help You Improve Your Coding Skills While Building an App!”

The Fluency Book – Dinosaurs (ANIMALS)

by Dr. Monroe Mann, PhD, Esq, MBA, LLM, ME, EMT
Founder & Executive Director, Break Diving, Inc. & the Fluency Project

What is the Fluency Book?

Below are the most common Dinosaurs that most native speakers in any language should know.  Fill in all the blanks with the translation.  Use a dictionary.  Then move onto the next list!  Every few months, come back, print it out again, and see how many you can remember.  When you can fill this out without looking at a dictionary, nice job!… Read More “The Fluency Book – Dinosaurs (ANIMALS)”

The Fluency Book – Random (Punctuation Marks & Symbols)

by Dr. Monroe Mann, PhD, Esq, MBA, LLM, ME, EMT
Founder & Executive Director, Break Diving, Inc. & the Fluency Project

What is the Fluency Book?

Below are the most common punctuation marks and symbols that most native speakers in any language should know.  Fill in all the blanks with the translation.  Use a dictionary.  Then move onto the next list!  Every few months, come back, print it out again, and see how many you can remember.  When you can fill this out without looking at a dictionary, nice job!… Read More “The Fluency Book – Random (Punctuation Marks & Symbols)”

The Fluency Book – Ocean (Animals)

by Dr. Monroe Mann, PhD, Esq, MBA, LLM, ME, EMT
Founder & Executive Director, Break Diving, Inc. & the Fluency Project

What is the Fluency Book?

Below are the most common ocean animals that most native speakers in any language should know.  Fill in all the blanks with the translation.  Use a dictionary.  Then move onto the next list!  Every few months, come back, print it out again, and see how many you can remember.  When you can fill this out without looking at a dictionary, nice job!… Read More “The Fluency Book – Ocean (Animals)”

Wealth is Measured in Time, Not Money.

by Dr. Monroe Mann, PhD, Esq, MBA, LLM, ME, EMT
Founder & Executive Director, Break Diving, Inc.

Wealth is measured in time, not money.

Ahh, Buckminster Fuller.  A man with a fancy name and an even fancier understanding of finance.

Although Robert Kiyosaki popularized this idea in his awesome book Rich Dad Poor Dad, it was Mr.… Read More “Wealth is Measured in Time, Not Money.”

My Acorns Update: MADE IT TO $1,500! ($1515.38 To Be Precise)

by Dr. Monroe Mann, PhD, Esq, MBA, LLM, ME, EMT
Founder & Executive Director, Break Diving, Inc.

As promised, here is another of my Acorn Investment App updates. What started at $0 in August 2017, and then went to $75, then surpassed $500 in winter of 2017 is now at $1515.38 on September 2, 2018!  We’re on the way to $2,000!… Read More “My Acorns Update: MADE IT TO $1,500! ($1515.38 To Be Precise)”