Why It’s Important To Do What You Want

This week’s post is going to be slightly different than usual.

This week I’ve had multiple big decisions that I had to make mainly ones that involved several other people.

In these cases, it can be easy to let other people’s interests and feelings blind you and back you into a corner. Although you can rationalize why that corner is actually a good decision (as it is what your friends/family want), it really should not be considered unless you are actually indifferent.

You, and only you, are going to look after what you truly want.

Only after you have figured out what you want, then can you attempt to allow yourself to help others. This can seem selfish to some readers, and yes I agree, but it is important to be self-interested. It is also important to balance selflessness and selfishness as you cannot give unless you have and you do not have unless you do not give it all away.

These insights were ones that I had to use this past week and although I didn’t always feel amazing about my decisions (as some people had to get left out or did not get exactly what they wanted), I knew that they were the best ones I could make.

Hope this helps anyone else,

David

Wealthy Like Derek Sivers

This week’s post will discuss the amazing Derek Sivers! Everybody should go check out this man’s work..

There is so much knowledge is this man’s head that I might even have to split this into 2 separate posts but let me share the first of several insights that I’ve learned through Derek.

It’s About What You Do

Life is not about what you know or how much you know about something. It always comes down to what you are actually able to execute. What you DO is more important that what or even who you know!

Say Yes (in the Beginning)

When you first start out your career you are NOT I repeat NOT in the position to be picky and turn things down. You never know what can come from saying yes. It could lead you to places beyond your wildest dreams. Do not think that you are the next greatest prodigy because you will miss out on so much opportunity.

Standard Path is For the Chumps

This one took me some time to digest but it is a very good tip for those who believe in pushing against norms in society. To best describe this principle I will use a real life example that comes to mind; let’s say that you started a job at a business and they told you normally it will take you 14 years to become a partner here. Most people will put in the time and effort and expect after 14 years to be promoted because “that’s what happens”. But this is simply what people think and is not the only path.

What Derek believes (which I do too), is that if you want to become partner just do more. Rise up quicker by taking on more responsibility and do the work of people above you in your spare time. If you take the standard path you will arrive in the standard time, if you take the advanced path you will arrive in advance.

That is all for today! If you want to catch up on another of Derek’s sayings please check out my Instagram page (@learningeveryweek) to always be up-to-date!

Thanks for reading ūüôā

Healthy Like Win “Iceman” Hof

This week’s edition of Healthy Like features the “Iceman” Win Hof.

This man has world records of all kinds that show off the power and ability of the human body. He has pulled off accomplishments thought to be impossible by man and then some.

There are 2 habits and teachings that I believe are the most important to his success. However, before I explain what those are, I would like to stress how much your¬†mindset plays a role in what you are physically capable of. This is Win Hof’s motto – basically what he lives by.

I know the benefits of mindfullness¬†first-hand. If I go to work out and tell myself last week I did 8 repetitions of chest press at 210 pounds, I would simply¬†be able to do 8 reps that day. But, if I convinced myself I got stronger since last week and that I could do more, suddenly I would be hitting 10-11 reps at that same weight. If you don’t push yourself to believe you can do more, you won’t ever actually¬†do more.

Win Hof’s lessons:

  1. Importance of controlling your breathing

Getting into higher states of performance can be as easily attainable by¬†slowing down your breathing and consciously thinking about the process. This will help you focus and reach a more relaxed state. From personal experience, running long distances or lifting heavy weights, I’ve noticed that when I can control my breathing technique, I’ve run longer and lifted more. Breathing is key!

2. Getting accustomed to both extremes cold and hot routinely

There are many benefits of exposure either to extreme cold or heat for short periods of times. Win Hof goes to the absolute extreme by hiking in freezing weather wearing nothing but shorts and shoes but for us normal folk, taking an ice cold shower for a few minutes or hitting the sauna a couple times a week can be beneficial to our long-term and short-term health. There have even been studies showing that you can benefit from going from one extreme to the other (heat to cold or vice versa). I suggest if you would like to know more about he science behind it (more technical), that you look at the work done by Rhonda Patrick, PhD.

These 2 lessons both can be easily integrated into our normal lives and have proven benefits! Therefore, I suggest everyone take some time to look into adding these practices into their daily/weekly routines.

Thanks for the taking the time,

David

Fit Like Joe De Sena

This next unbelievable individual is the one and only Joe De Sena.

The first thing that blew me away was his creation of the “Death Race”. After researching into what this race he had created was all about, I immediately gained some respect for him.

This beast of a challenge literally scares the hell out of me and I invite everyone to go check out the preview video that explains what goes down in the Death Race.

From past experiences, I’d already heard of his other creation, the Spartan Race. I’ve even considered attempting this race when it comes annually to Mont-Tremblant, QC.

What we can learn from Joe De Sena is to always be accomplishing new goals and tasks that you set for yourself. This way, you will never stop growing and never lose the will to continue. And if you ever find yourself struggling to finish, remind yourself of his favourite quote: “It could always be worse”.

Today’s entry is a short one as I wanted to ask my readers who they think I should write about next. Additionally, I started up an Instagram account for motivation/learning purposes – @learningeveryweek.

Check it out!

Healthy Like Patrick Arnold

This week I’ve had to do a little bit of digging to¬†learn more about what¬†this individual has brought to the table.

Patrick Arnold is a famous supporter of using certain legal drugs to better the human body.

One specifically I took an interest into was the drug metformin used on people with Type 2 diabetes. This drug was highlighted in the book “Tools of Titans” by Tim Ferris for being showing results of anti-aging in some tests.

Although I still consider myself young at 23 years old, I decided to look more into this to see what results have shown. The drug is still being tested and used on many individuals who could be higher risk of developing diseases but to date, it appears to be slightly effective with minimal negative side effects.

Of course I’m not suggesting anyone go take this themselves and they will magically live to 200. I don’t believe I will ever take something like this in the short-term as I don’t like risk when it comes to my body.

However, it is interesting to know that drugs like this are out there and that many people who know more about the science behind this promote the use for many individuals.

What I suggest for everyone out there is not to dismiss anything when it comes to something independent experts believe. Take the time to investigate and research and who knows, you might just lengthen your life a year or two.

Wise like BJ Miller

My second journey into the Tools of Titans buffet was to learn how to be as wise as BJ Miller.

First of all, if you don’t know who this man is, like I did at first, I suggest you check him out on YouTube by searching for his Ted Talk – What Really Matters at the of Life.

It’s inspirational and it is deeply impactful.

This week’s top takeaways from Miller are a couple of reactionary ideas to put into practice. What I mean by that, is that these principles should be the first reaction you have once each scenario takes place.

Star Gazing Method:

Whenever you are at a point in life where you are overwhelmed with stress or are begging to feel a wave of anxiety take you over stop what you are doing and look up to the sky. If you are inside, take a look out the window and begin to think about where you are. Next, imagine you are up in the sky, in the stars looking down at yourself from all the way up there. Think about how small of a dot you take up in the entire planet. Now backup even more, look outside of Earth and imagine yourself on the outside of the solar system looking down at our planet.

What I’m getting at, and what BJ Miller wants to remind us in these times of stress, is that put what you are dealing with and give yourself some perspective. It’s easy to think everyone revolves around you but much more difficult to realize how little it really does.

Question your I can’ts:

BJ’s second lesson I learned was how much we believe in what we think and say. If we took some time to question our beliefs and assumptions we would realize that we aren’t right all the time.

For example, a lot of our “I can’ts” stem from the fact that we don’t want to do something or that we simply won’t do something because we believe we are better than that or on the flip side not good enough.

In reality, many of these goals, challenges and actions CAN be completed. We just never put any effort or thought into it in the first place.

In the end, I believe what BJ Miller wants us to learn the most is that we should enjoy life without limitations. Enjoy the simple and small pleasures of life and let life take you places.

 

 

Wealthy like Chris Sacca

Welcome back,

Today there’s a couple of themes I would like to discuss learnt from the inspiring Chris Sacca. I had heard about him through the podcast world but only really got to learn more about him after reading about him in the new Tim Ferris book “Tools of Titans”.

I’d like to touch upon a few of his valuable lessons, those in which I found to be the most useful and relatable however to each their own of course.

Go on the Offence (Double Down on Yourself):

I believe this is one of the core principles that every successful person must have and believe with every decision they make. One should not only have the confidence in themselves but act in a way that they have already decided they will win.

Anticipate that you will make it to at least a higher level of achievement than you are at today and make decisions which ultimately will help you in the future.

This is something that you must practice and forcefully imagine since your brain is not wired to think this way for most people.

A trick I would use to get started would be to think of 2 things you should start working on now to help your future career and go from there.

Stand Out with Effort:

This next and last trick we can learn from Chris Sacca was difficult to choose as there were so many golden nuggets of his. However, I truly believe that this simple idea can make a real difference for anyone.

Chris explains that his way of being unique and standing out aside from¬†his work was his cowboy shirt attire. He would always wear that same type of shirt at work and would eventually become known as “that guy”.

As a general rule, being known is usually a better thing than falling hidden into the large crowd. That is why I believe that standing out purposefully is beneficial. Whether it be your attire, your handshake or your personality, having something you focus on as a differentiator at work will bring you favour and a sense of uniqueness that can be lacking.

I advise everyone to work on what this will be for themselves and actually implement this strategy.

Until next time,

David