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Provide For Your Family


Okie dokie folks……I’ve got a topic that I’m uber passionate about.  In fact, my opinion on this topic is something that a lot of people are going to agree with and, at the same time, severely disagree with.

One of my biggest beliefs in life is that your number 1 priority in life (behind spiritual belief depending on what you believe in) is to provide for your family.  A lot of people in the world will tell you to follow your passion.  Many will recommend you to go to college and just study whatever it is that you’re passionate about.  Many people will strongly suggest that if you love sports, pursue a career in sports.  If you love psychology, pursue a career is psychology.  If you love to lift weights and exercise, pursue a bodybuilding career.  If you love to perform music, you should perform music.  I think that this mindset is a little overrated and in a lot of cases is strongly misguided.

Now, don’t get me wrong.  I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with pursuing your passions.  In fact, I strongly encourage everyone to pursue their passions.  However, the caveat to pursuing your passion should always be your family.  You should pursue your passion in a way such that your family’s financial future can be accommodated.  I think a lot of people have these priorities flipped.  A lot of people want to vigorously pursue their passions first, whether it be a particular field of study or a specific career, and then somehow figure out a way to provide for their family.

A lot of people talk about their dreams and goals.  They’ll say things like “I want to be a doctor!”  Or “I want to be a politician!”  Or “I want to work in HR!”  Why is it that so few people say, “I want to provide a better life for my family!”?  At the end of the day, we all live to pursue a life of love.  We’re either giving love or receiving love.  That reciprocal dynamic of love is what remains with us throughout our lifetime.

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In my opinion, our ultimate goal in life should be to provide for our families.  Even if you’re not married or don’t have kids, you still should have a sense of responsibility to provide for your other family members like your parents or brothers and sisters.  The only exception to this concept would be if your parents were already really wealthy and didn’t need your financial support, which is very seldom in the case of most families.

Obviously, the ideal situation is to create financial stability in an endeavor that you’re passionate about so that you can provide for your family.  But in a world where economical demands dictate which sectors provide the most income, pursuing a passion while getting a good paycheck can be difficult to do.  That’s why I encourage everyone’s number 1 passion to not be music, medicine, sports, engineering, or any other field of endeavor.  Your number 1 passion should be to provide for your family.  If your family’s needs are being adequately met or in the process of being met, then in my opinion, you’ve earned the right to pursue as many secondary passions as possible!

Watch Andre’s Video below.  I think he says it perfectly!

Banned names around the world

Believe it or not, there are some countries where the simplest of names are banned.

Hebrew names

Names such as Sarah would be banned in Morocco as spelling Sarah with an ‘h’ makes it a Hebrew name. However, spelling it without the ‘h’, i.e. Sara is perfectly acceptable

Surnames as first names

Germany do not allow the use of surnames as first names, therefore names such as Taylor, Kennedy or Anderson are out.

Names of objects or products

Deriving a name from an object or a product is another no-no in Germany, so naming your child after a fat burning pill like Phen is not acceptable, nor is a name like Ceiling.

Gender neutral names

Germany only allow names that are gender specific. Names have to be given that identify if it’s a male or female child. Therefore, Quinn, Riley, Shannon Ashley are names you can’t use.

Animal, fruit and vegetable names

Malaysia bans the use of animal, fruit or vegetables as names, therefore Apple, Peach, Bear, and Pumpkin are not to be used.

There are plenty of other countries that have specific rules on what names people can and can’t be given. The decision on what is and isn’t acceptable are varied, some for religious reasons, others to make it easier for the gender to be identified and others, so the child is prevented the agony of being teased all through life.

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What is family?

The core base of society where people are nurtured, educated and prepared for the future responsibilities of being a member of society.

A care giving unit made up of people related by marriage or birth.

A group of people who have bonded together over time.

Family is a word that means different things to different people making it intricate to define.

Historically, its been easy to spot a family. However as time has gone by and we have taken charge of how we want to live our lives, we now see different types of family around us.

Different types of family

Nuclear family

This is the traditional form of a family and one that is still around but becoming less and less mainstream. It consists of a father, a mother and children.

Single parent family

Consisting of a parent and child(ren)

Extended family

This is an extended family unit that consists of children, father, mother, cousins, uncles, aunties, grandparents along with others who are related by blood or marriage.

All the above involve having children but what about people who don’t have children. Are they considered a family? What about those that aren’t married or people that consider their friends their family.

Just because there are no children involved does not make the function of a family less valid. There are plenty of families out there made up of married couples with no children, others made up of a group of people who are not related by blood of marriage but have a bond that is equally as strong as if they share the same DNA.

Purpose of a family

There are several roles that families play in the society and these differ from one family to the next based on culture, religion and society in general.

Some of the defined roles of a family are:


Family is the place we are nurtured into understanding how the world works, it where society values are imparted to its members by giving guidance and direction in the hope that one day members can go out into the world with confidence.

Material support

Without a doubt in the early stages of life family provides material support for its members. Clothing, food and shelter are 3 things family members provides each other


There is a very strong need/desire to protect ones own. Its not something that is overtly present, but it is there. Think of animals in the wild, where if a baby is in danger the parents (usually the mother, but could also be the father) puts herself in harms way to protect the baby at all cost.


When things aren’t going well in our lives or if we start to feel overwhelmed with things, one place we usually turn to is family. For some reason, family has a way of giving us the strength we need to face things that come our way.


Not to be underestimated, asking or seeking help from those who have experienced life are uniquely placed to provide guidance to others who are going through the same thing. Family members have an added advantage of knowing who you really are and can provide appropriate advice for most situations, regardless of if the advice is welcomed or not.

The negative family

There are some that do not have any of these things in their family. In fact, there are families out there that manipulate its members, do not give any form of support and are extremely critical to its members. These types of dysfunctional families end up with members having not wanting to spend time with each other unless forced to do so and would find ways to ensure they spend the minimal amount of time in each other’s company.

What do we get out of being part of a family

There are so many things to get out of being part of a family. For a start, there is that sense of belonging and knowing no matter where you are or what you are doing, you belong somewhere.

For those related by blood, you have others that look similar to you. Even if you are not related by blood, if you have grown you together there are usually similarities in your mannerisms, they way you walk and talk. This is because you have been exposed to the same environment.

Personality and temperament, although it can be argued this is something we learn rather than we born with family members do tend to mirror each others personalities and temperament.

Health issues can be hereditary. An unhealthy lifestyle however can be prevented from happening by regularly exercising and by supplementing our diet with things like hydrolyzed whey protein for Myprotein, one of online sites that specialise in a variety of dietary supplements. read up on this produce at

For those who know they have high cholesterol levels or any other medical conditions, taking preventative measures such as watching what they eat along with exercising, goes a long way in making the life you lead more enjoyable.