Month: March 2023 (Page 1 of 4)

Simple Focus

Some times – even most of the time – making a better cabinet/chicken sandwich/violin – product is more than enough to keep you busy for a lifetime.

By keeping our focus simple.

A Daily Dose

I heard a statistic that blew my mind the other day and it went like this: If you practice 18 minutes a day at your craft it will add up to more than 100 hours over the course of a year.

At that point, you will be better at that skill than 90% of the people in the world. Hard to believe.

Whether it’s true or not, it shows us the power of discipline, commitment and how powerful the compound effect really is.

Daily for 18 minutes a day. Can’t we all find that kind of time to pursue what’s important to us?

Your Dogma

There have been numerous times when I read something or hear someone of stature make a declaration that resonates with me deep down and although I thought of it as a truth, didn’t have the confidence in myself to believe it.

Sam Harris, said something along the lines of (I’m paraphrasing) “we continue to see others as competition and either have to feel inferior or superior to them. Either way, it doesn’t serve us well.”

I would agree with that, but somehow I needed to hear him say it in order for me to solidify it as a belief in my own mind.

Here’s to owning and remaining steadfast in our convictions. Rare as they may be in the world, a deeply held truth steeped in Love has the power to change others.

The More Conundrum

Especially in this country, many of us seem to take the stance that more is better. But is it?

More money, more food, more options, more square feet in our homes, more material things, more activities in our schedule, more events to attend, more coffee, more followers, more likes, and on and on.

With more distractions than ever due to advances in technology, social media and so many entities vying for our attention at every moment in the day, we can find ourselves exhausted, spinning our wheels and confused about which direction to go.

What we really need to do is to remove clutter/events/distractions and simplify our lives. With simplicity comes clarity and with clarity comes power.

Feeling Flush

What does it take to feel flush? Not in the sense of feeling flush in the face, but feeling flush in life. Where all is good and we feel lucky to be where we are right now in this moment.

If I could have imagined the life I have right now when I was younger, I would have been ecstatic to be where I am. Living in southern California, the job I have, my wonderful family, my beautiful wife, my home, my friends, my health and all the things I get to do and see.

However, now that I’m here, I’ve seemed to have move the goalposts. I want something more – something different. As Sam Harris so eloquently put it, “Imagine what it would be like to be truly satisfied with what we have, even just for an hour.”

What would that feel like?

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