There’s a certain type of person that rubs me the wrong way: the arrogant jerk who is full of himself (I say him, because it’s usually a guy, though women are not immune from this attitude). Every now and then I come across a jerk and talking to him makes me angry. I used to dismiss everything a jerk says, but a few years ago I discovered that even jerks can give good advice.
I have a fascination with millionaires. Part of it is probably learned from our culture’s interest of rich people. Part of it is a curiosity of what it would be like to have more money than I needed. Part of it is realizing how difficult it is to succeed at business. So when I get a chance to interact with millionaires, I pay special attention. Here’s the story of what I learned about gratitude from one rich person, who I will call Mark.
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Last month I read the book Deep Work by Cal Newport, which inspired me to do focused writing for a week. This resulted in me being able to finish the first draft of a book in 5 days. The results of my “deep work” surprised me. Today I’ll write about the main points in the book and what my experiment with deep work looked like.
Today is my wife’s birthday and I wanted to write a blog post to celebrate her. 3 years ago I wanted to start a marketing business. I talked with my wife about the idea, but she was hesitant at first. But she could see that it was something I really wanted to do, so after reflection and prayer, she started Coracle Marketing with me. This business would never have succeeded without her support. I’m so grateful for her.
Years ago my wife and I decided to take a day to rest every week. Usually it is a Sunday. Both of us come from a Christian background where the idea of “Sabbath” is encouraged. Sabbath means “to cease” – to cease from work. Taking a day to rest wasn’t something I used to do. When I was in school I would go to classes during the weekdays and study on the weekends. Early in my career I would work during the weekdays and volunteer on the weekends. Now that I’m older, I realize the importance of taking one day every week to rest.
I’m looking forward to growing older. One of the reasons is the potential for personal growth. When I reflect on the past year, I’m surprised by how much I learned. The idea of being able to continue or even accelerate that growth for the next 5, 10, or 25 years is very exciting. On the other hand, I know people who are older who seem to have stayed stagnant for many years – every time I see them they seem to be the same. The idea of not growing or changing over time is depressing to me.
The new year is a sensible time to make goals and plans. Do you have a personal growth plan for 2016? If not, here are 4 practical steps you can take to develop one.
Story has become a buzzword in the last few years. I’m tempted to write storytelling off as a trend, which will come and go (like froyo, boy bands, and baggy jeans). Yet story has been a major vehicle in history for cultures to pass on their values. Story has been a powerful tool used by leaders to inspire nations. Story is used by businesses to convince people to buy what they’ve made.