Posts tagged value
The point is not to look like our heroes, but to see like them.

Throughout time, there has been a practice of apprenticeships that have only recently begun to disappear. Apprenticeships allowed young men and women to choose a craft and learn at the side of a master craftsman. It gave them a practical, highly-educational approach to learning a skill. While traditional education would require a student to wait until tests were handed back days, sometimes weeks later, apprenticeships provided students with immediate feedback and tangible consequences to their mistakes. This hands-on form of learning under a master provided them with a key element of success: knowing where you want to be. The man or woman training them embodied who they were to become through their training. A master.

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Spotting the Fool’s Gold in Your Life

The mineral Pyrite is an iron sulfide with a pale yellow hue and metallic luster that gives it the appearance of gold earning it the nickname “Fool’s Gold.” So while, on the surface, it has the appearance of value, in reality, it’s just another rock. I feel like life can present you with a lot of Fool’s Gold that looks really wonderful at first glance. But on further inspection, you realize you’ve been given a dud.

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What you're doing matters more than what you're "supposed to do."

People often get bent out of shape and worry over trying to figure out what they're supposed to "do" with their lives. Meanwhile, they're bypassing opportunities out of fear that they might lead them down the wrong path. But who's to say it's the wrong path when you don't know what the right one is? Heck, some people aren't even trying to forge their own paths and can be found sitting on a rock at an intersection where they were left years ago.

Consider this: What you are supposed to "do" with your life matters a lot less than what you are "doing" with your life.

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Are you someone that you’d want to pay attention to?

It's easy to not put in the work. It's easy to not invest any time in your audience. It's easy to get caught up in consuming in lieu of creating.

But then we wonder why our audience isn't interacting with us, why we don't have 100,000 followers or why we're not topping the New York Times Bestseller list. 

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Here are 10 things you should start doing for you

1. If you need time for yourself, just tell people "I'm busy" - it's a legitimate excuse.

"In a world of distraction and competing demands, mental focus is a scarce yet precious commodity. If you want more of it, you will have to be intentional about getting it." -Michael Hyatt

2. Stop checking email when you leave work - rarely is anything so urgent that you can't wait to read and respond to it till the next morning.

"“BIF” stands for “before I forget” and refers to emails sent on evenings or weekends out of fear of forgetting a to-do or follow-up. This sets a mutual expectation of 24/7 work hours and causes a plethora of problems." -Tim Ferriss

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Is Your Life Worth Your Time? -- Live a Great Story by Beating Mediocrity

There are too many mediocre things in life.

Too many jobs that people sort of like.
Too many vacations where people sort of have fun.
Too many significant others that people sort of love.
Too many dreams that people sort of want.

Our time is too valuable to waste on anything short of remarkable.

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