[Every Friday, I share my favorite reads from around the blogosphere over the past week. Enjoy!]
It’s Time For You To Take A Well Deserved “Time In”
“Time Ins” have been a life changer for me. I would have thought that taking off time was the last thing that would get me ahead, but as I am sure you already know, when you are refocused and recharged, you are 10 times more effective and productive. “Time Ins” just get you to that centered place and when you return to work and handling all your responsibilities, you are recharged, productive and ready to go. Most importantly, a “Time In” gives you a great peace of mind and helps you keep all of the things that are continually coming at you in perspective.
~Sibyl Chavis at The Possibility of Today
How I Used My Day Job to Fund My Freedom Business
If you’ve been hating your job and feel trapped by it, I get it. I really do. It’s not easy.
It’s not fun feeling like someone else is renting out your mind for 40-60 hours a week. It’s not easy when you can’t stand the people you didn’t choose to work with.
But, in the meantime, why not accept and even appreciate what you have now? It may not be where you ultimately want to be, but why not use it as a vehicle for helping you get there, rather than a ball and chain that’s keeping you stuck?
~Jonathan Mead at Illuminated Mind
The power of perception.
Santiago isn’t just saying he’ll be in the top 80%. He’s hustling to make sure he is. He started his first business before he turned 10. He’s got one right now that is winning more clients than he knows what to do with. While other students are worried about the unemployment rate, he’s driving 90 miles each week to the biggest city near him to set up meetings and appointments. He’s going to be able to buy and sell me 10 times over by the time he’s 24.
I was initially going to title this post “Perception changes everything,” but it doesn’t. It’s only part of the equation. The full formula is “Perception and hustle change everything.”
Don’t believe me? Wait for somebody to give you a dream job. In the meantime, though, please know that Santiago will be making sure he’s in the top 80%.
Silos, Ladders, And The First Step
No matter how many times you do it, that first step is always scary. Always. Whether you’re jumping off a bridge, taking cold showers or climbing down a ladder after a photoshoot at a 100 year old abandoned building – that little terror is there. Always. It can get easier, but it’s still always there. And that’s a good thing – because the presence of fear allows you to become courageous and overcome it.
“Courage is the complement of fear. A man who is fearless cannot be courageous [He is also a fool.].” - Robert Heinlein
As you test your limits, you start to see that same fear everywhere. That same reflex mechanism, that same part of your brain, that same resistance trying to stop you from what you want to do. You can’t stop it – but you can train it to recognize that stupid little fear that keeps you from climbing and doing the things you want to do. You can learn to become courageous, overcome it consistently and never let it stop you from doing something you need to do.
~Joel Runyon at Blog of Impossible Things
The Simple Reason You’re Not a Writer (Yet)
What do real writers do that the rest of us don’t?
They believe in themselves.
They write confidently and courageously, without making excuses or apologies.
And if you’re going to do work that’s worth anything, you’re going to have to do the same. Even if at first you have to fake it.
You’re going to have to call yourself a writer.
~Jeff Goins at Copyblogger
The Most Important Skill to Master
If you’re like me, you are constantly learning new skills — gardening, carpentry, pizza-making, languages, sports, and so on. And I think this is a fun and wonderful thing to do.
But what’s the most important skill?
That’s debatable. I think compassion is a huge one, as is mindfulness. I’d go with those two any day of the week.
But if I had to pick just one, it would be this: learning to be happy with yourself.
~Leo Babauta at Zen Habits
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