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There’s no mystery here. It’s simply a matter of the physics of time. There are only so many hours in a day and days in a year. Time is a standard metric for everyone (at least until time machines are invented).
But the greatest defining factor of productivity and fulfillment is how we spend the limited time we have. No, this is not a matter of living life in “top gear” 100% of the time; it’s a matter living life “engaged” as much as possible. Quite simply, this means maximizing time spent doing things that make you feel alive. It’s been said many times before: life is too short and too long to spend it doing too many things you don’t like to do.
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Even if the world is grey around you, you don’t have to follow suit. You still have the opportunity to light yourself up. In fact, the quality of your life depends you on doing so… frequently.
Life is full of challenges. If you have big dreams, they will never cease. This is why we must be:
Willing to confront them and act quickly because life’s monsters always become bigger when you try to avoid them. Slay the monsters when they’re small.
Willing to get down to business and let people know you’ll be busy for a little while.
Careful not to take them all too seriously.
Nothing groundbreaking here, I know, just important to remember.
I like heading the airport and following the departure signs. Not because I like sitting on planes, but because I like the idea of departing from the familiar and beginning a new adventure. Call me crazy, but I enjoy challenging predictable circumstances. It keeps life interesting and forces you to be mentally sharp and engaged. You certainly can’t live an “uncommon life” if your daily life becomes a common collection of routines…
It’s Thanksgiving here in the United States… one of my favorite Holidays. Why? Because it urges us to do what is too often shrouded in the inertia of Western culture: Slow down and reflect. No physical gifts, only gratitude (ironically, one of the greatest gifts we can give ourselves, others, and the world).
Like a ship in a marina, many people live their professional lives in a cubicle, docked up, tuned out, and turned off. It’s not that the cubicle itself is bad — it’s that the culture of cubicle can eventually restrict our ability to act and think outside of our current role, position, and skill set.
Staying in a harbor — any metaphoric harbor — for too long can make the open seas appear too terrifying to consider. We should be sure that we’re challenging ourselves to sail out of our safe, comfortable, and predictable environments to test our current abilities, to develop new skills, and reveal our often hidden potential.
No matter the circumstances, no matter the goal, the most important element in the equation of success is… you guessed it, YOU! This is not to say that the the greatest accomplishments are achieved single-handedly. Nor I am suggesting that the journey to success must be walked alone. In fact, I don’t believe either is an accurate description of success. Ever. …
There are two ways I view this maxim:
Being grateful for what we have
Working towards creating more options in life
To point #1: If you’re reading this, you’re wealthy.
Many people on earth (not including you…
Fear can serve a valuable purpose, but sometimes it merely holds us back from living the life we really want. In these cases, it’s completely okay to submit your letter of resignation.
Doubt is a very human emotion and can, at times, serve a valuable purpose, but sometimes it merely holds us back from living the life we really want. In these cases, it’s completely okay to submit your letter of resignation.
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