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.
A heartfelt take on doping in sports from a former professional cyclist and admitted doper.
For whatever reason, cycling was (still is) the only professional sport I’ve cared to follow. It’s the only sport I’ve ever participated in, actually felt like I belonged, and even had a brief modicum of success in. I never aspired to be a professional and never was faced with the choice between doping or dropping my dream. But I’ve had other dreams in my life that I’ve pursued with similar stubbornness and, while I’d like to think I’d make the hard choice and walk away clean, I worry that I wouldn’t have.
I love this sport, and I hate the argument that doping is just a part of it—something to be accepted—because it makes me think of the few times in my life that I’ve felt pressed into holding secrets or living lies, and I don’t want young athletes in the sport to be faced with that choice for something they love.
Great reminder. I’d love to hold onto this perspective daily.
ps – sigh, tumblr. I hate linking to things that are unattributed, but this one was good enough that even if it’s not really from Steve Jobs, it’s good to think about.
Yep. I’m guilty of this.
Read that a second time. Smart. The whole post is the most eloquent I’ve read on the subject.
I’m mostly putting this here as a reminder to read the whole article again later, and then again after that, and again after that until it begins to sink in. Most of the things we spend our days emotionally consumed with are not worth worrying or thinking about at all. They don’t matter.
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 had trouble picking something to quote, so really, do yourself a favor and go read the whole thing.