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Philosophical Tuesday

Posted Jun 11 2013 2:35pm

Hey guys! I’ve been feeling a little philosophical today and keep reading articles and thinking about how to make the most of my life. Does this ever happen to you? Where one day you wake up finding yourself unsatisfied with life so you think about all the things you can do to make it better? Then you inevitably start dreaming of all the amazing things you’re going to do – travel the world, quit your desk job, start a company, etc. – and by the end of the day you’ve maybe looked around a little and then decided that your desk job isn’t so bad and you quite like your comfortable little apartment that you are used to. Sound familiar? Well this happens to me all the time, so I decided to share some of the things I’ve been reading/watching lately that are helping me to make the most of my life. I hope you enjoy these as much as I did!

1. The risk not takenThis article by entrepreneur Andy Dunn describes how the risk not taken is more dangerous than the risk taken. For example, if you choose a safe option over being “risky” and trying something you really want to do, you’ll never know what you’re missing. If you choose the desk job over founding a start-up company, you’ll never know if you could have made millions. Sure, you might will fall along the way, but it will be a learning opportunity and you’ll only grow from it. The risk not taken is more dangerous than the risk taken. Love that. This article inspires me to do all sorts of awesome things.

2.  Comparison Is The Thief of Joy: Thoughts On Social MediaI follow a ton of blogs each and every day (it’s a bit of a problem, really) and one of my favorites is Carrots ‘N Cake , by Tina. Today she linked to one of her old posts which I either never read or forgot about, which talks about the effect social media has on our culture. People only post the best parts of their lives on social media, so it’s really easy to fall into the trap of comparing yourself to all the fun things everyone else is doing. This post rings particularly true for me, and served as a perfect reminder that everyone is different and no one is as perfect as they may appear online. “Comparison is the thief of joy.” – Theodore Roosevelt

3. 5 Things I’m Loving LatelyAlthough this post from Anne at fANNEtastic food , inspires me for a whole bunch of reasons (I want to go for a run with Anne! I want to run an obstacle race ! I want to do yoga in DuPoint Circle once kickball is over next week!) I mainly want to highlight the last item Anne mentions in this list. Lately I’ve been thinking about going back to school to study nutrition, or perhaps leave my PR agency job to focus on a healthy lifestyle client specifically (instead of the smorgasbord – love that word - of clients I work on currently). Here’s the part of Anne’s post that really got to me:

“Working one-on-one with clients is so rewarding, and I’m so grateful that I took a chance on myself, decided what I wanted to do, and really made it happen. I waited years before getting the courage to go back to school before finally realizing: you know what? If I’d just started when I first thought about doing this, I’d already be done. Everything happens for a reason and I don’t regret taking my time before heading back to school (especially since part of that was my  teaching English in Prague adventures , which I wouldn’t trade for anything), but I know that if I hadn’t finally taken a risk I could still be sitting in my cube at my PR job right now, miserable. So this is your gentle nudge. If you’re unhappy with where you are and thinking about making a change – what are you waiting for? Do it – you won’t regret it.”

Ahhh, Anne! Are you talking to me? The answer is yes, bonehead.

4. This is water: This fabulously inspirational video changes the way that you think about things. I found that I generally think this way anyway, but the video served as a nice little reminder of how to change your thinking. This is a must watch!!

This is water from Kai Funabashi on Vimeo .
Lastly I will leave you with these wise words from my grandfather, who built up a successful company all on his own without a college degree and is now extremely happy and living the life of leisure on the water.

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He is a brilliant man, and I always look up to him. Here’s some of his wisdom:

“If you can’t change the facts, change your mind.”

“Steal from people. Not their clothes, not their money, but their mannerisms. Think about the people who inspire you most, and try to identify their specific attributes that make them so inspirational. Are they attentive? Good listeners? Friendly? Funny? Kind? Caring? Clever? Witty? Once you identify what they do that makes them so special, steal it. Start acting that way yourself. Before you know it, people will be inspired by you.”

Question of the day: Now that I’ve given you some nuggets of wisdom to think about, what are you going to do with it?

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