We have all been there, standing in the checkout line at the grocery store. Our eyes seem to have a mind of their own. We don’t want to look, but we do. Our gaze wanders from … Read More
About Obstacle Blaster
Click below to be taken to what can best be described as "behind the scenes" at Obstacle Blaster. Discusses the mechanics of the site, including the nuts 'n bolts of things like the podcast, the videos, and the Obstacle Blaster e-books. This is also where we answer the burning question: "How did Obstacle Blaster get its name?" Because we will add more material to this page on an ongoing basis, it is almost like a blog inside a blog.
Whether you are contemplating training for a marathon or considering a career change, it is important to be clear on what your "Why" is. Author of Obstacle Blaster, Jim Aitkins, shares with readers what drove his passion to begin writing life lessons and ultimately to create Obstacle Blaster. Spoiler Alert: Obstacle Blaster is the positive fruit growing out of seeds of pain, failure, disappointment and epic life setbacks.
Click below for a brief rundown of each of the six categories of personal growth that represent the focus of the Obstacle Blaster blog: Mindset, Forgiveness, Personal Responsibility, Better Relationships, Workplace Success, and Meaningful Accomplishment. We recommend investing a couple minutes to review this page as it could provide a valuable contextual foundation for the dozens of articles in each of the categories found here at Obstacle Blaster.
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Obstacle Blaster eBooks
The current product line of Obstacle Blaster e-books is limited to two fantastic, thought-provoking, potentially life changing books. With the soon--completion of the third, Jim will have his first Obstacle Blaster branded series of e-books, called the Obstacle Blaster Quick Read Series.
Obstacle Blaster Videos
All videos are currently in the process of being redone in order to achieve a uniform improvement in the quality of the audio and video in each video installment. That said, until they are replaced, you can check out the early videos that are also posted at the Obstacle Blaster channel at YouTube.
The Q & A on this page ranges from general to specific: from general questions about the blog to questions about specific articles. There are even specific questions about the basis of Jim's philosophical approach to life... in general.
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What does it take to become an expert at something? If you talk to best-selling author and storyteller Malcolm Gladwell, he would say you will achieve expert status at pretty much anything you spend at least … Read More
I have to admit that I like to make provocative little comments in casual conversations, such as the one which is also the title of this article, just to get people thinking. What does he mean … Read More
For about four hours on February 2, 2014, approximately 110 million worldwide viewers were glued to their televisions. Something big was happening at Met Life Stadium, just outside New York City: the National Football League’s 48th … Read More
Recently I came across the following status update posted by a Facebook friend: “I grew up with a stern and often angry parent. It affected me to the degree I’m often stern and admittedly too often … Read More
“I think sports teaches you a lot about yourself.” She ought to know. That’s Lindsey Vonn talking about herself and her life as America’s current premier female downhill skier. Actually, that does not complete the picture … Read More
We conclude this discussion of balance with a look at a challenge made by a US president. On May 25, 1961, just four months into his presidency, John Kennedy gave a special speech before a joint … Read More
A balanced life is a good thing, right? Balance leads to safety and security. A balanced life is predictable, productive, and leads to prosperity. Right? Well, that is what we are told. In the previous installment … Read More
Belief. In Part 5, it was described as the driving force, the foundation, the engine of meaningful accomplishment. It really is that central to a life well lived. With a steady, firm belief in one’s self, … Read More
From the title of this series, you already know that I believe there is no such thing as balance. We have already discussed the symptoms – the overwhelm, the sense of dissatisfaction – that often leads … Read More
Many people who are obsessive-compulsive say that they are constantly striving for the perfect state, whatever that is. It is not surprising that those same people say that they are almost never satisfied. One’s hands can … Read More
I am writing this article because I have been doing some research about a topic that fascinated me when I was a kid. The topic is dragons and dragon slayers. I know how peculiar this sounds. Please bear … Read More
Goals Aren’t Fluid, But Life Is – Part 1 In the delightful movie Tangled, Disney’s recent animated retelling of the classic tale of Rapunzel – about the girl with the magical and beautiful uncut hair – … Read More
Forgiving a Monster This, like Part 1, has the Q & A in inverse. In other words, I’ll ask the question and you provide the answer. First, another true story. Friends, I’d like to introduce you … Read More
Awareness. Being aware that there is a tiny little space of time that exists between what happens and the way we interpret what happens, is the first prerequisite to being able to take control of the … Read More
Refusing to take responsibility. What comes to mind when you read that sentence? Maybe someone who’s stubborn? Immature? Full of pride? How about someone who isn’t aware of a tiny little space? If you’re not aware … Read More
The time difference between a thoroughbred horse that wins a high-stakes race and the second-place entrant is often hundredths of a second. However, the difference in the purse – the cash award given to the owner … Read More
Preparation is the first secret to winning in the Super Bowl of Life. Conceptually, what preparation really alludes to is Mindset. If your general outlook on life is a negative one, then you are less likely … Read More
In this three-part series we are talking about the outcome of the most recent American professional football championship game; Super Bowl 48. We will answer three questions and discuss three life lessons that can be learned … Read More