Woman's Secret ~The Charisma Secret ~ What Steve McQueen and Richard Downey Jr.; Both Learned in Life, and Something that is not Taught at College but Taught at their Alma Matter; somewhere's Else ~ JAIL!
.Did you know that how you walk tells more to people than what you say? Surprised? Here are two experts at walking that I have followed over the years. Both McQueen and Downey learned Charisma from an unlikely source: a sentance in PRISON.
Well you shouldn't be suprised at their charisma, it is because both McQueen and Downey, have been and Downey still is, the two most charismatic actors of our time.
What they learned on the street or in prison, was that it was not as much about what they said, but how they moved. And how to stay out of trouble, It was because smart talk to them was secondary but how they walked the streets and on prison floors is what kept them alive and well.
Most people who attend college, spend so much of their time learning what to say, rather than how they walk and how they say it. It's because our societies emphasis is so much on what we know (the Internet is pushing this idea even more these days), and those who are keeping Street Smarts as their basis of success. and who are skilled at its art, are only a few. It's the art of staying alive. Most hit rock bottom, but only a few like McQueen and Downey brush themselves off, and go back to acting again.
So how did these two bad boys garnered this skill? Did they learn it in Acting School? Not really, Also only a few actors who attend Acting School, tend to exhibit this quality when off the set.
Both were High School drop outs who never attended college, so they couldn't have learned it there.
So what do you suppose was their Alama Matter source. It was self-education. It's also, about a faking it until you make it syndrome too.
What I discovered might surprise you.
They learned their craft, in JAIL. Yes, if you don't walk like you have your shit together, you might never stay alive.
Why because not knowing this skill of walking charismatically, would prove grounds for either of them, to get beat up. Once they entered, it was as if there was a sign placed at the jails entrance: "Welcome to the HIGHER EDUCATION of the STREETS."
In prison, both McQueen and Downey learned how to walk charismatically and that was more about how they walked than what they said. Both even as they act within their roles, they say very little which includes short emphatic power lines. It is because they know what is not said, has more power, and how they move charismatically is a more important skill to keep alive, than whatever they might have to say. In fact, in many cases in prison talk, "less is more". Sonething they don't teach you at college.
The reason for that was because keeping their mouths shut to their fellow prisoners and the guards, was what kept them alive. In fact, if you say something at all it is better one says either nothing serious, or poke at someone jokingly. Oneliners tended to be much of their intimate conversations.
What both these leading actors learned is what is commonly referred to as: "Street Smarts".
I added this article below so you would become acquainted with the difference between the two, discussed not by me, but an expert "Street Smart" witness. What is interesting she is a woman and not a man.
School or Street Smarts
"School smarts refers to book smart, scholastically smart, study smart, knowledge of many topics, academic smart, intellectual, educated and cultivated.
For most of us, that again, means a lot of education. The school kind.
Street smarts refers to more of a survival instinct or rather ability, the means to meet people skills, regardless of to whom, practice not just caution but be proactive in self-awareness, manipulation, truth, practical living, how to live life, bargaining, keeping yourself entertained by entertaining others, living on next to nothing, etiquette never exposed to, when needed lie, wise, be driven and determined, feeling you have a purpose and finally, finding your own.
On your own. My Education, like few of us, came straight from the streets.
Make no mistake about it. I have no regrets. Whether optional choices or governed direction. I stand firm where I am, and am, who I am, because of everything that brought me here.
I have 2 choices. Use what I know to my advantage or continue to live homeless and die an awful death, worst of all, all alone. I stand firm because I have to and I am grateful I can."
Womans Secret ~ US Compared to World Dollar Per Capita in Health Care Costs suggests a Potential U.S. Epidemic ~ to Learn from this Lesson, We American's need to WALK more often.
Folks this stat comes from an unbiased source of from the World Health Organization.
Here are the dollars and cents facts of the U.S. Health Care dilemma,
To my way of thinking economics tells us the real story.
I ask the question which is why is the US health care costs in relationship to let’s say to the average in GREY so much higher.
In fact, I would suggest that our costs are in fact, double the world average. It tells me that something is going on in the U.S. that most medical gurus still haven’t tapped into.
In thinking of a Henry David Thoreau answer to this dilemma, he would suggest that few doctors are finding the root, while so many doctors are searching for this answer at the stem.
Here is my take on the matter. I believe that in particular in the U.S. we don’t walk enough. It is as if when we are children our total focus is on walking, but once we age, our focus moves to sitting. My belief is the phrase, “Don’t use it, you’ll lose it”. My other belief is that if you are going to sit so much you might as well be lying in bed.
That might seem extreme talk but only by walking and standing is how atrophy can’t set in. The more as a society we walk less and sit more we set our Health Care and Self Care standards low, so our Health Care costs will have to rise.
The Crisis in American Walking ~ How we got off the pedestrian path
Folks here are more facts that you might not like to read.
“For walking is the ultimate “mobile app.” Here are just some of the benefits, physical, cognitive and otherwise, that it bestows: Walking six miles a week was associated with a lower risk of Alzheimer’s (and I’m not just talking about walking in the “Walk to End Alzheimers”); walking can help improve your child’s academic performance; make you smarter; reduce depression; lower blood pressure; even raise one’s self-esteem.”
And, most important, though perhaps least appreciated in the modern age, walking is the only travel mode that gets you from Point A to Point B on your own steam, with no additional equipment or fuel required, from the wobbly threshold of toddlerhood to the wobbly cusp of senility.
Despite these upsides, in an America enraptured by the cultural prosthesis that is the automobile, walking has become a lost mode, perceived as not a legitimate way to travel but a necessary adjunct to one’s car journey, a hobby, or something that people without cars—those pitiable “vulnerable road users,” as they are called with charitable condescension—do.
To decry these facts—to examine, as I will in this series, how Americans might start walking more again— may seem like a hopelessly retrograde, romantic exercise: nostalgia for Thoreau’s woodland ambles. But the need is urgent. The decline of walking has become a full-blown public health nightmare.
The United States walks the least of any industrialized nation. Studies employing pedometers have found that where the average Australian takes 9,695 steps per day (just a few shy of the supposedly ideal “10,000 steps” plateau, itself the product, ironically, of a Japanese pedometer company’s campaign in the 1960s), the average Japanese 7,168, and the average Swiss 9,650, the average American manages only 5,117 steps. Where a child in Britain, according to one study, takes 12,000 to 16,000 steps per day, a similar U.S. study found a range between 11,000 and 13,000.”
If we compare both that our U.S. Health Costs are double the average and that on average U.S. citizens walk half as far as the ideal, maybe both of these stats suggest both a problem and a solution. If we don’t walk as much as we once did, (mostly due to the use of the automobile), that maybe if we would reduce using the car and double our steps, some of our health care costs might reverse and go down. And more importantly, we in the U.S. might overcome some of the ailments and receive some of the benefits that this article suggests.
“Let’s Dance” and My Story
David Bowie is one Anglo Saxon who had changed his life by adding more rhythm. In fact, I borrowed that heading above that came from his #1 on the charts and selling song. Besides, it introduces you will into the idea of Rhythmic Charisma.
When I had a serious case of cancer out of lack of breath and reduced movement, atrophy set in and I noticed that I began to walk not only slow but funny and not my normal gate. So after my chemo treatments I decided that once I got healthy I would relearn how to walk by starting to walk more and change my health and my life. In a way, my getting so sick, was a blessing because eventually I began to step it up.
Another event happened as well. While overcoming cancer I was watching a documentary of David Bowie and on his rhythmic song called, “Let’s Dance” and that moved up the charts, I will explain more of what I learned from him but before I do I want to tell you more about my own story.