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Link Love 10/14/11

2011 October 14
by Cordelia

[Every Friday, I share my favorite reads from around the blogosphere over the past week.  Enjoy!]


Yes, I should be that guy asking if you’d like to add on an order of fries at the fast-food restaurant, the guy who just kept doing menial work with no purpose because he was never qualified for anything else.

But for some reason, I’m not. For some reason, I escaped the life I deserved and found a life on the other side.

What This Means

….First, forget about what you’re actually qualified to do. It’s irrelevant and no one cares.

Second, if you never learned higher math either, it’s nothing to worry about. You’ll be fine.

Third, if I can somehow craft a livelihood out of virtually no qualifications or marketable skills, surely you can too.”
~Chris Guillabeau at The Art of Non-Conformity


You Have the Power
It’s easy to give other people power.

It’s easy to let them define you, to let them take leadership roles and say what’s what and create the rules that you live by.

It’s incredibly difficult to realize that the power you seek exists within yourself. No one needs to give you permission.

You have the power.”
~Corbett Barr


You Have a Choice
“Health can seem so daunting — a thousand different voices vying for your attention, a thousand different methods on just how to squeeze into your high school jeans. No matter where you fall on the dietary dividing lines, though, one point stays the same: 10 small changes like those above will serve you far better — and far longer – than any earth-shattering revolutions.
~Matt Madeiro at Three New Leaves


Why Quitting Your Job Won’t Solve All Your Problems
“If you’re relying on something external to solve your problems, and you attain that external solution, you’ll likely be in a position to create another ideal, and another set of problems. With that comes another set of judgments about where you want to go, and inevitably, more striving.

The truth is, nothing beyond yourself will set you free. Freedom is a state of mind. You have the choice, right now, to do whatever you want. Will there be consequences or ripple events created based on your decisions? Yes. But that freedom to do what you want is always within your grasp, now.”
~Jonathan Mead at Illuminated Mind


We All Have Time
“It doesn’t matter how much time you have.

It’s how you choose to use it….

When you don’t have time, what you are really saying is something else is more important.

Or maybe not, but you are spending your time that way anyway.”
~Craig Jarrow at Time Management Ninja


7 Little Things That Make Life Effortless
“Life can feel effortless, like you’re gliding along, if you learn to swim smoothly, to glide, to stop fighting the waters of life and start using them to buoy you up.”
~Leo Babauta at Zen Habits

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  • Abby

    I love “We All Have Time,” as even though I fall into that trap myself on a fairly regular basis, it’s totally true. We all DO have time, it’s just that we prioritize something else (surfing the Web, watching TV, etc.) above what it is we’re making excuses about.  Giving up our default time sucks takes discipline, and it’s easier to make excuses than it is to make changes.

    I’m fully aware that I AM too busy to do certain things, but even more aware that if I really wanted to do them, I would find the time to try. Great links, as always!

    • Cordelia

      I’m in the same boat.  I always feel pulled in a million directions, with no “me” time left, but the truth is that I’m “making” room for plenty of other things that don’t deserve it nearly as much as my writing/freelancing/etc.  Learning how to *properly* prioritize my time (and let go of the things that don’t matter so much) is an ongoing process.