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August 24, 2020
"First we make our tools, then our tools make us" - Nishen Ramsugit
Life is really about the choices we make. In our early years, much of what we did was decided by other people, namely our parents and relatives. We were told what we should be pursuing, how we should be behaving and what to be thinking. While some advice has been helpful, and core to who we are, other bits can actually be limiting in becoming our best selves. Being taught to always play it safe and encouraged to keep our options open can be one of those things.
As the article below shows, there is trouble with the continued pursuit of optionality. The author describes instead the pursuit of the exemplary life as the ultimate goal. This is what he described, from the world of investment, as the pursuit of Alpha.
By choosing the path of optionality, you postpone your true desires and ambitions and thereby stray away from a fuller path, away from Alpha. More so, you train your mind and thoughts to be seeking this option more, meaning you habitualise yourself to take less and less risk over time.
I think of it this way. The path of optionality is playing life not to lose. The path of Alpha is playing to win.
If you want different results, you have to do different things.
🔖 Read: The trouble with optionality (5 mins)
Anxiety. A jittery, weighty feeling in your stomach. At least that’s how it is for me. I’m sure you’ve felt something similar as well. I think it’s part of the human experience, and as such something we all share. As with other unpleasant feelings, we have a tendency to label it as “negative” and feel under attack by it. This often leads to the desire to numb ourselves to those “negative” feelings.
The article below provides a unique way of looking at anxiety. Perception, as we are reminded, is extremely powerful in living a better life. What this means is choosing the thoughts we want to have on the labels we put on things and the stories of meaning we attribute to them.
The idea: Frame anxiety as a tool that alerts you to things going on in your life. This is your subconscious alerting you to the things that especially need your attention and action. By acting accordingly, you will reduce your anxiety as you move more toward the desired life
🔖Read: Anxiety as a service (3 mins)
This video is advice by multi-entrepreneur, writer, biohacker, investor and podcast host, Tim Ferriss. I also count Tim amongst my personal set of mentors who I discovered at the start of my entrepreneurial career. It was his book, The Four-Hour Workweek and podcast, The Tim Ferriss Show, that gave me the knowledge and reframing needed to shift my mindset that made me determined to become an entrepreneur. His methodical approach to various subjects and desire for learning and constant improvement is something I resonated with.
The video is short and packed with good nuggets of info. Some helpful watchers put up notes in the comments too. It's a gold mine.
📺 Watch: How to Start a Business or Podcast From Scratch | Tim Ferriss (19 mins)
On my journey of entrepreneurship I have been learning from many successful people. After reading their stories, the thing that became clear is that you must first become the person that can attain a certain level of success, before you attain it. For example, to become a millionaire you must adopt the basic habits, thoughts and strategies that make you live and work and think like a millionaire. When you wake up early. When you read. When you invest your time wisely. This is you acting like a successful person who runs a multi-million dollar business. And if you behave that way, it will only be a matter of time before your external world adjusts to that new identity.
What I like from this article, and the blog in general, is that it always offers practical suggestions backed by scientific evidence. This gives me the evidence that it works, or at least has the potential to. In this article, the author shares some of the common misconceptions about success, and gives some practical mental frameworks that you can use to create a more successful life.
The biggest takeaway: Success doesn’t bring happiness. Happiness brings success
🔖 Read: Be more successful (5 mins)
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