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Sunday, December 7, 2014
There is one book that I read four times this year. A Short Stay in Hell is my all time favorite book of the year. It is a short fictional account of what happens to a young man that dies of cancer. Even though he was a pious and dedicated family man with no obvious character flaws he finds himself in an unexpected afterlife.. I am getting older and contemplating my mortality and this book gave me a new way of thinking about eternity. I am frightened and more convinced that I must never die. I doubt you will take what I did from this book but I like it and recommend it.
Sunday, January 5, 2014
Thankfully, that's not actually true. So the first noble truth is that most people don't even care that you're alive. Embrace this, my friends, for it is true freedom. The world is vast and you are small, and therefore you may do as you wish and cast your thoughts of those who dislike it to the side.
You may be in a tough place right now where you feel lonely or like a loser. No worries, we've all been there. But it's time for you to realize how common these things are, and that they're experienced by even the most successful and happiest people in the world. Those people get past them, and you will too.
Great thoughts from Julien Smith
Friday, January 3, 2014
Today I am making a new commitment. I will only have 3 major goals this year. One business goal, one personal goal and one health goal. I will be more committed to process and systems and use my attention and focus to make sure that I take the daily steps that are required to accomplish each of my goals. This is the way that I will increase my attention span and strengthen my ability to focus.
How has the internet and unlimited free information affected you?
Thursday, December 5, 2013
Robin Dunbar is an evolutionary anthropologist. He has famously suggested that there is a limited amount of people with whom we can maintain meaningful relationships. Dunbar's number is right around 150. He arrived at this conclusion after over 15 years of surveying successful group sizes throughout history, from primates to Roman platoons to successful Fortune 500 companies. Recently I have heard it suggested that some of those spots can be held by celebrities or politicians. For example, if you watch Oprah on a daily basis then Oprah may be taking up one of the valuable and limited spots in your top 150. This creates many questions in my mind that I want to share.
Who is in my 150?
Are they there by my choice or are they there by default?
Who do I add in order to improve my group?
Who do I drop in order to improve my 150?
Being conscious of who is in our 150 is is vital. Environment is stronger than will. Studies have shown that people with obese friends quickly gain weight and will eventually become obese.
Be careful who you allow to take up the few spots you have available.