Problems are a constant in life.
To be happy we need something to solve. Happiness is therefore a form of action. Happiness is a constant work-in-progress, because solving problems is a constant work-in-progress. The solutions to today’s problems will lay the foundation for tomorrow’s problems, and so on. True happiness occurs only when you find the problems you enjoy having and enjoy solving. Choose your struggle.
I’ve been following Mark’s blog for years and is one of my favorite writers online today. Mark approaches self-improvement from a completely different angle than most and thinks in a very stoic way that I resonate with. His new book is the best I’ve read in 2017. To me, Stoicism has always been the art knowing what to–and what not to–give a fuck about. That’s what Mark’s book is about. He’s as painfully honest as he is outrageously funny. I find his honesty to be refreshing and fulfilling. When everyone else out there is trying to sell you some cheap, perfect, feel-good theory advice… Mark delivers the honest, practical, real world advice that you need to hear.
It’s a book about moving lightly despite your heavy burdens, resting easier with your greatest fears, laughing at your tears as you cry them. This book will not teach you how to gain or achieve, but rather how to lose and let go. It will teach you to give fewer fucks.
Always Move Forward | The Journey 01
This is episode 01 of my new Vlog series called “The Journey.” The purpose of this video series is it acting as a tool to document my experiences, the things I learn, and the tiny steps I take each day/week to move forward (aka the journey). This will hopefully be a weekly series pending my current workload. My goal is to raise awareness for the millennial generation around practicing the art of patience and living the way of always moving forward as we pursue our long term dreams.
A friend of mine who owns a successful real-estate company texted me the other day and told me to get this book ASAP. Management is an intangible skill so it can be hard to clearly define sometimes. This book does a great job of breaking management down into what great managers “Do” and “Don’t do.” So far it is the best book I’ve found on the subject.
“A manager must be able to do four activities extremely well: select a person, set expectations, motivate the person, and develop the person. These four activities are the manager’s most important responsibilities. You might have all the vision, charisma, and intelligence in the world, but if you cannot perform these four activities well, you will never excel as a manager.”
This is a heavy, deep book, and wouldn’t consider it easy reading. The author provides a unique perspective on what “Purpose” is and how to identity your own. I gained some clarity while reading this book, which is why I would recommend reading it.
The average person has a “good enough” mentality. That will not take you to elite levels of success. Coach Lombardi says you should always strive for perfection. You may never execute perfectly but the expectation has to be perfection. That’s the only way to maintain an elite level of excellence in everything you do. You’ll find a lot more great thoughts on leadership in this book.
A young man asked his grandfather why life had to be so difficult sometimes.
Grandfather says this: Being strong means taking one more step towards the top of the hill, no matter how weary you may be. It means letting the tears flow through the grief; it means to keep looking for the answer though the darkness if despair is all around. It means the weakest step toward the top of the hill, toward sunrise, toward hope, is stronger than the fiercest storm.