It’s easy to get caught up on buildings careers, moving forward, adding more money to the bank account, but the additional money isn’t what makes us happy. When I left my job to start working for myself, my salary went down significantly in that first year on my own, but I was a lot happier. Now, as I’m older and my business is more established, I’m starting to take a critical look at how I use money. After all, it’s just a tool. We often use it as a barometer of success, but I think my day-to-day happiness is usually a better barometer of whether or not I’m headed in the right direction, professionally and personally.
Narrated by Steve Jobs, himself.
I’m not quite as intentional or disciplined about it as Godin suggests, but this is essentially the niche the iPad has filled in my life. For the most part, things like RSS, Tumblr, most online reading (through Instapaper), and even a good chunk of Twitter time are relegated to the iPad. I rarely even think of these things while I’m working on my laptop anymore.
Particularly, because my primary work machine is a laptop, there’s nothing more rewarding to me than heading down to my favorite coffee shop, with only my iPad and relaxing without feeling the need to work.
This articled has been sitting in my Instapaper account for awhile. I keep going back to it and re-reading it. Maybe it just speaks to me personally, but I think Dallas makes a profound observation: why aren’t we spending specifically-set-aside chunks of time teaching kids how to handle this crazy, emotional package that is, “being human?”
I know from my own life that dealing with emotional issues gets better with practice. And I also know that there are a lot of things that I’ve had to learn as an adult that would’ve been easier (or more beneficial) to learn as a child.
Yup. Guilty as charged. I seem to have a knack for hanging onto fear—and worse, often fear that doesn’t look like fear—and using it to prevent myself from moving something in my life forward. That bit that says, “You’re not allowed to do ‘x’ because…”? The ending is often different: “you need to feel bad about ‘y’” or “‘y’ is more important because it’s what people expect of you” or “you don’t deserve to do ‘x’” etc., but the result is the same. You can’t make good things happen from a place of fear. It’s immobilizing.
I’ve never met Leif, but I’ve heard his name around town and of course know and appreciate the amazing work Moxie Sozo does. He tells a gut-wrenching story from earlier in his life, the lessons he learned from it, and how it relates to new lessons he learned this year after his home burned in the Boulder Fire. Please read it.
I cannot say enough good about this article. It’s an absolutely fascinating look into the mind of Abraham Lincoln and the unique ways that his very personal struggle with depression both tormented him and yet drove him to do things that most would shy away from.
It’s a good reminder that we often use the word “busy” to describe the feeling of being overwhelmed rather than an actual state of our current workflow or capacity. Interestingly though, busyness-as-a-feeling is something that can make us feel self-important, and so it’s hard to let go of even if the workload winds down.
Call it whatever you want, but I’m more and more convinced that a significant aspect to enjoying a long, healthy life is perspective—so much so that these psychological factors seem to even influence our physical body and how it deals with things that will kill us, like a terminal illness.