Wherever I May Roam?

One of the more popular tracks from Metallica’s “So What?” album (commonly referred to as the “black album”) is “Wherever I May Roam.” It’s basically a dark tale of a nomad who wanders the earth with no place to call home. For some reason, people glory in this—“Look Mom, I’m a gypsy!” Well, no slight…

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Stop Wasting Time

The only thing you can’t control is time. It waits for no one, and it sheds no tear for those who waste it and beg for more. Time is indifferent to how it’s used, and it only honors those who honor it. Use your time to be productive, and time will reward you with increase…

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Master of Puppets: Who’s Pulling Your Strings?

Are you the master of your destiny? YES! Even if the totality of your life is subject to the control of others, you’re still the master of your destiny—and someone only holds the strings because YOU gave them the strings to hold. Someone has control over you only because YOU gave permission! Every day that…

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A Mouth for War

The Good Book says, “even a fool is considered wise when he keeps his mouth shut.” This means you can change the perception people have of you by shutting your trap every once in a while. It’s not that we should care what people think about us—the point is that our mouth can be a…

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Metal Will Never Settle and Neither Should You

People are usually defeated in their minds before they’re ever defeated in their lives. That’s right. Someone can have a functioning brain and body and still end up on the bottom rung of the ladder of life because that’s where they settle. Nobody forced them to remain there. It’s their choice. The “metal gods” never…

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Don’t Suck!

The old saying goes, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” Well, unless you consider yourself a butt-sniffing hound, then you do have the power to change anything you want. This is what separates you from a dog: you have the power of will, which means you have the power to change. It’s a…

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Don’t Whine About Where You Are—Change Your Life!

Every day brings a choice: will you live with passion in your heart or a pacifier in your mouth? Will you go along with the growing world of whiners, or will you suck it up like Lips and Rob of Anvil[1] and stay true to your dreams? The decision is yours to make. It’s time…

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Break the Chains!

The shackles are in your head. That’s where it all begins and ends. If you want to know the truth, you can be “better than you,” and that’s the goal. The only one you’re really competing against is yourself. The only enemy you have to defeat is the one that stares at you in the…

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Metal is the Enemy of your weakness

If you’ve listened to metal for any length of time, you already know that it won’t compromise with weakness. That’s because metal is intolerant. It resists the notion of backing down. It opposes a willingness to take the second seat, and it mocks any one whose first response to difficulty is to say, “I can’t.”…

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Metal Work: Putting the Spirit and Attitude of Heavy Metal to Work in Your Life

There is no denying that heavy metal is here to stay. But “back in the day,” it wasn’t that way. We remember the early 80s and the reign of new wave and mainstream pop music. Jocks and socialites were playing Journey, REO Speedwagon, Loverboy, the J. Giles Band, and Duran Duran. Things became worse with…

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