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Show Up and Do the Work

Show Up and Work

I’m trying a new experiment. I’m writing an article and publishing it TODAY, whether I like it or not. It may be the best article I’ve ever written, or it could be the worst. But that doesn’t matter. I need to break out of a slump.

I apologize in advance for the five minutes of life you’ll never get back.

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Skills are Better than Passions

Skills Over Passion

The greatest tragedy in life is that sugar is bad for us. The next greatest tragedy is that we’re supposed to know what we want to do with our lives by the time we’re 18. If we’re mature enough to vote and buy cigarettes, we’re wise enough to choose the right career path. Is that how the logic goes?

Kids have the right idea. They just keep trying new sports and activities until they find something they like — something they’re good at. Then they keep practicing and improving, and they like it even more. If they hate it, they stop doing it.

Adults could learn from this.

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What if the Dog Caught the Car?

Hedonic Treadmill

Do dogs ever think about what they would do with the mail truck if they actually caught it? I doubt it. It’s not because they don’t want to — I’m sure they’d like to know in advance that the reward isn’t worth the effort.

But what about us? Do we ever consider what we will do when we catch that “car” we’re chasing? Is it worth it?

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Keep Calm and Carry On

Keep Calm Inspiration

“You have power over your mind, not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.” – Marcus Aurelius

This quote randomly appeared in my life this morning. I’d heard it before, but this time I started thinking about it a little more. And I think I found a more modern translation:

Keep calm and carry on.

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The Growth Mindset (or the Opposite of Complacency)

Just when I think I’ve got things figured out, something (or someone) comes along and ruins it.

I’ve completely changed my mind on many things I thought I knew. I’ve unlearned things that I was sure were right. It’s humbling to wake up and realize I spent most of my life being wrong.

Actually, “wrong” is too strong of a word. There’s no right or wrong when it comes to most of our beliefs or ideas. If we have a growth mindset, we just continue to learn from our mistakes.

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