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

Wise Like Jocko Willing

 

The 3rd Edition of the “Wise Like” commentaries continue with SEAL Jocko Willing who I find to be extremely interesting. I highly suggest everybody look into this individual by listening to any podcast he stars in.

Here are the most important lessons I’ve documented down below:

(P.S. There are so many good ones but these are the best in my opinion)

1. Discipline Equals Freedom

Pre-schedule normal reoccurring activities to execute everything else the rest of the day. What I mean by that is, make yourself a schedule where you have certain blocks of time where you allot to habits and small events that you do consistently. For example, shower times, workout times, morning rituals, etc.

That way, you can free up the rest of your day to do whatever you want. By being disciplined and doing what you need to do every day based on your planning beforehand, you give yourself the freedom to do what you want.

2. Exposing Yourself to Darkness to See the Light

Enjoy the light by first seeing darkness. This simple saying can have massive effect on your lives. What Jocko is preaching is that for any person to realize that their situation is bright and positive they must have something to compare it to. If they have grown up in darkness, or a situation that looked bleak and negative, when you consider your current situation you will think of all the good things you do have.

This is common practice when considering what you are grateful for. If you remind yourself of all the luxuries you are surrounded with compared to what the poorest of poor have, you then realize that your situation is actually quite amazing!

3. If you want to be tougher, be tougher

This is clear and concise. If you want to get better at anything, just go out and force yourself. You will be in awe at how simple and easy it is to accomplish many of the goals you have for yourself.

4. Extreme ownership

No excuses. Take control of your life and make sh*t happen.¬†Handle¬†what needs to get done and now and don’t let anyone else do it for you.

 

Now, start implementing these ideals into your daily lives and live every day epic!

Thanks for reading! ūüôā

 

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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