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Last Updated on December 18, 2020

A Must Watch For All Sports Lovers Who Like Playing It Fair

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A Must Watch For All Sports Lovers Who Like Playing It Fair

Sports brings emotion, love, and excitement through a free and fair competitive system. But, what if all the sports events you ever seen are fixed? Icarus is a documentary film that explores the Russian doping scandal. It also throws light on doping in general, and the possibility of an artist passing the doping test, using the filmmaker as a guinea pig.

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    Passing the test at what cost?

    Bryan Fogel sets out to investigate the truth about doping in sports. He meets Grigory Rodchenkov, former head of the Russian anti-doping agency, who agrees to help him. Fogel, himself being an amateur cyclist, decides to use banned performance-enhancing drugs and then subject himself to testing, to see if he would pass. Fogel finds out that Grigory has his method for helping Russian athletes pass a doping test. When the Russian authority hears about what is going on, Grigory’s life is suddenly in danger.

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    Icarus is a documentary that will change the sporting world forever. It touches on the most critical process in international competitive sports; doping. By using himself as a guinea pig, cyclist turned filmmaker was able to demonstrate how artists can pass a doping test. Fogel used Lance Armstrong’s issue as a reference point throughout the documentary. Lance has been tested over 50 times but was still able to pass through anti-doping test and came out negative at every instance, until a federal investigation caught him.

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    Fairness for all?

    But of course, the filmmaker’s thematic concentration was on trying to prove that the pressure to dope is engineered by Vladimir Putin, who wanted victory at all cost. Fogel is convinced that Putin’s behavior, which inspired state-sponsored doping that led to Russian glories in the 2014 winter Olympics, is to be blamed. Fogel knows that doping goes beyond the Russians, citing the Armstrong confessions as a case study. The Russians got caught today, but there is no guarantee that other nations are not actively doing the same. This film is a must watch for all sports lovers and everyone that care about fairness in sports.

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    We encourage you to save the movie and watch it. It is inspiring, thought-provoking, and thrilling.

    To watch Icarus, Click Here.

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    Last Updated on November 22, 2021

    Thanksgiving: It’s About The Simple Things

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    Thanksgiving: It’s About The Simple Things

    Thanksgiving, a day of pure gluttony, football, and possible uncomfortable situations with family members that you may or may not like. Oh, yeah, and the whole “know and reflect on what it is to be thankful and grateful.”

    During the holiday season many people forget what this time of year is bout and are too worried about getting the “early-bird” deals on Black Friday and making sure that they have the perfect gifts for their loved ones. I am sort of a “Grinch” when it comes to the holiday season, mostly because of that mentality by many of the poeple around me.

    But instead of being grinch-like this holiday season, I decided to simplify things and get back to what this time of year is actually is about; being thankful for what I have and what I can give.

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    Simplify

    I’m not a “minimalist” in any real sense, but in the last few months the talks of Patrick Rhone and others have got me to rethink my stance. Can you really have too much stuff?

    Absolutely.

    And with all that stuff comes the burden and the weight of it on your back.

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    If you feel that the things around you are out of control, maybe it’s time to simplify and be thankful and grateful for what you have and use. Here are a few things that you can do to simplify:

    • You know those gadgets in the drawer that you said you were going to sell? Well, time to get the listing on eBay and sell them. Or, send them to a place like Gazelle. Even if they are old and won’t get money, you can at least recycle them.
    • Get rid of things you don’t need. Like old books, clothes, tools, etc. Have something that’s been laying around forever with no use? Donate it to a charity or church. If you aren’t using it, someone else could be.
    • Find your productivity tools and stick with them. Use tools and gadgets that serve multiple purposes so you can simplify your tool set.

    Be Mindful

    You don’t have to be a master Buddhist or meditator to be mindful (although, it can definitely help). Being mindful comes down to being cognizant of the present and not keeping yourself in the past or future. It’s about living in the moment and being aware of yourself and everything around you. It’s just being.

    Without getting too “California” on you, it is super important to be mindful during the holiday rush. Rather than worrying about the things that you forgot at your house on the way to relatives or thinking about the next stop in your endless holiday travels, just breath and think about what you are currently doing.

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    Spend the time with your family and friends and don’t crush the moment. Try not to concentrate so hard on getting the perfect photo of the “awesome moment” of the day and actually miss the awesome moment.

    Being mindful over the holidays will help you be with your families, friends, and yourself allowing you to enjoy your time.

    Reflect

    As the year is coming to a close (yes, it really is that close!) it’s a great time to start reflecting on what you have accomplished and what you haven’t. Within the next few weeks we will have a more throrough reflection article here at Lifehack.org, but reflecting every now and then over your holiday break is a great way to see where you have been doing well in your life and where you need to improve.

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    Reflection shouldn’t be used to “get down” on yourself. Reflection should be used to take an honset inventory of what you have accomplished, how you handeled situations, and what you can do better. If you journal everyday (a daily form of reflection) it may be a good time to start going over some of the things that you have written and start to put together a year’s end journal entry. I mean, how else will you write your autobiography?

    But, seriously, reflecting on yourself makes you aware of your successes and faults and helps you plan and make goals for the coming year. It makes you a better person.

    So, while you are stuffing your face with bird, stuffing, and mashed taters’, remember that the holidays are much more than the superficial things. Use this holiday to become a better person.

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