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!

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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/Wise/Rich Like Arnold Schwarzenegger

Welcome back,

This week’s legendary star is the one and only; Arnold “The Terminator” Schwarzenegger.

As you can tell by the title, this individual is multi-faceted. Everyone can learn from this man as he is a force to be reckoned with in multiple fields.

Besides his successful movie career and his time as one of the most successful politicians as governor of California, he has developed one of the best mindsets of life.

Here are some of his best strategies/tips/lessons that we should all implement in our own lives:

  1. Start good habits when you are young: Basically, if you want to gain certain qualities that you see in others, start practicing those habits now. If you can do this as soon as possible, you will be able to become the future self that you’ve always wanted.
  2. Have a clear vision for your life: My favourite of his lessons is best said as follows: “When you have a clear vision in your life, everything becomes easier.” This is something I fully agree with. If you know what you want, you will leave every decision in your life feeling like you are moving one step closer to your end goal. Having a vision will provide you with more motivation to get up and take action. Speaking of motivation check out my Instagram page @learningeveryweek if you need any! ūüėÄ
  3. Get good at sales/pitching/marketing yourself: Arnold believes that this is key as everyone will need to pitch themselves at one point in their life. If you can master this skill, he promises a lot will come easier to you. This doesn’t just apply to business but all areas of your life, even dating.
  4. Lastly, just work hard day in and day out. People always believe that they are working harder than everyone else, “hustling”, but in reality, it’s not always true. If you really work hard and grind through your days to get as much as you can get done, you will be successful in whatever you do. Work is the one controllable factor in your life, and you should take advantage of that control.

So those are the 4 lessons I’ve learned from The Terminator this week, if you have any lessons you’d like to share, let me know!

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Wise like Marc Andreessen

This week’s mentor for all of us is named Marc Andreessen who has amassed a large pile of wealth in his career.

This is a man who has experienced ambition and clearly worked towards his goals without an end in sight.

Although I did not yet finish the chapter on March, I caught one idea that stood out for me. Now this concept is something that could affect people in different ways but what it did for me was made me focus on what I was doing outside of my work.

He mentions the nerd at night principle which I might have butchered slightly but the main idea is – what is that individual (you) doing at night, what keeps them up and interested. Are they a fanatic for sports, science, reality TV, etc.

What drives them and gives them pleasure. Or do they do absolutely nothing at all besides sit and eat potato chips all night.

Now this can be used as a question for new hires for business, or even a first date question but what I find relates most to me is the idea of focusing on my strengths. What I mean by that is I should be looking at what I enjoy and spend time on and double down in those areas to gain a larger expertise and depth so that later in life I can capitalize on those in some way.

What I believe is that it’s nice to have a breadth of interests but it is more beneficial these days to be a specialist than to be average in everything.

That’s what I took away from this very intelligent man’s saying.

Let me know what you think or if you know anything about Marc and his philosophies that is worth sharing.

Have a great night,

David

Global Entry

What is Global Entry?

This is a program initiated by the U.S. Border and Customs Protection department to allow certain low-risk citizens of selected countries (including US, Canadian and others) easy access into the country. Members are able to walk to an automated kiosk machine and with only their passport and fingerprint scan can continue to baggage claim. There are almost 2 million members across the US and more and more are applying monthly to join.

What are the Benefits?

The benefits of this program are mostly obvious ones. Members will not have to fill out copious amount of paperwork and won’t need to be waiting in long lines at the airport. Additionally, there are airports internationally that acknowledge members of the program such as specific Canadian airports. Additionally, NEXUS members of Canada will have the ability to take advantage of Global Entry.

Who is Eligible?

Lawful residents of the allowed countries are eligible to the program as long as they:

  • Have not provided false information on their application
  • Have been convicted of any criminal offence
  • Have been found in violation of any customs regulations in any country
  • Are subject to any investigation
  • Are inadmissible to the US under immigration regulations
  • Cannot prove their low-risk status
  • Do not have parental approval if under 18

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Setting Financial Goals

Setting a goal is a lot like following a diet, you need to plan ahead of time what you need to do to be successful and follow it every day without straying.

If you plan on saving up for a vacation make some calculations on how much per week you need to put away and start saving. Small amounts over long periods of time make up for more than you think.

And if you don’t have the income necessary or you don’t have any income at all, the plan will be longer but you can still make that plan. However, it should start with the steps needed to acquire the skills and capabilities of a job you wish to obtain. Value offering is extremely important in this case.

But lets once again imagine you want to go away for a one week vacation in the tropics. If you start saving 4 months ahead of time instead of 4 weeks, obviously, you will need to save less per week and that’s idea.

Put away small amounts so that it doesn’t interfere with your normal expenses. If you can’t spare any extra money to save consider cutting out one or two meals out, ideas like this can save you enough to be putting aside for the vacation.

Trust me, once you’re at the end goal it feels a lot better to spend that money debt free than to have to put it all on a card. You almost feel like you’re getting an all-expense paid trip depending on the lavishness of it of course.

So remember, plan ahead, start early and commit to the plan.

Hope this helps!