Posts tagged Lifestyle Design
Have you ever felt burnt-out and kind of lost?

Success seems to always be in high demand. Perhaps as a result of the constant pressure to one-up yourself, pull a new rabbit out of the proverbial hat or to win at life, in an evil twist of irony, life seems to throw you on your back and take control. And ALWAYS at the most inopportune times!

I've been, in a weird way, relieved by people like Buffer and Startup revealing the dips of real life along with the highs. And okay, maybe I'm putting this out there because my subconscious is hoping that a multi-million dollar investor will empathize with me and give me money, but for better or worse...

I'm tired.

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How to Stack Your Successes to Win Big

When you find yourself becoming uninspired, stuck in a funk, or admiring your own intelligence, go sit down and have a talk with someone smarter than you.

The world is full of brilliant people doing incredible things and the chances are good that you will learn something from talking with them. Today, I was blessed to have lunch with a friend of mine who is a rare combination of brilliant and driven. He’s founded or co-founded multiple businesses and, in doing so, amassed a storehouse of knowledge across a diverse spread of industries. While I sat down to catch up and talk shop, I got up with an increased understanding of life. No shocker there. Here’s the wisdom he imparted:

Don’t win too fast.

“…what?"

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I FAILED a few of my 2014 goals

2014 was an incredible year for me, full of "firsts," full of adventure and full of transition.

I don't remember setting up any formal New Years Resolutions for myself. I scoured my room and computer anyway and couldn't find any written down anywhere. Shame on me. However, I know that I made two resolutions in my head, both of which which I completed so I guess that counts for something.

1. [CHECK] Read one book every two weeks or 26 books over the course of the year (I've read 30 so far and the year's not over - here are some of my favorites)

2. [CHECK] Publish my first book before my 22nd birthday (which was my Golden birthday, by the way)

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Collecting Experiences; Not Possessions

Driven by inspiration from Joshua Becker at "Becoming Minimalist" and Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus at "The Minimalists", I began to realize how much stock was put into material possessions but how little value we actually derive from them. Sure, we have to have some things to live comfortably and some things we have simply as a convenience - I'm not advocating poverty - but the psychological state of mind that drives us to collect things (materialism) at the cost of living is becoming more rampant.

What if, instead of collecting things, we collected experiences?

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Taking Your Dream by the Hand

Fanciful dreams are most often attributed to the children, the hippies and the world changers. Not the average folks. Not you and me.

"I once had some dreams... But you know how it goes. Life just happens and stuff gets in the way. I'm just being realistic."

Life happens. And we're just along for the ride, our crazy plans left standing, forsaken, at the bus stop. Why have we left them rather than taking them by the hand and dragging them along on our journey through life? Who says dreams aren't "realistic"? Isn't reality what you make it to be? Whether I choose to see my dream through or leave it stranded in my past, is my choice and my reality. I don't mean "reality" in some alternate universe and not by some "subjective truth" nonsense. Actual real life.

So I wonder. What purposeful action have you taken so that your dreams can ride along?

Lifestyle design is all about crafting a strategy to allow your lifestyle to be congruent with your dreams rather than trying to cram your dreams into your already-booked schedule.

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