Choose Your Ancestors…

“We were kids without fathers, so we found our fathers on wax and on the streets and in history, and in a way, that was a gift. We got to pick and choose the ancestors who would inspire the world we were going to make for ourselves.”
― Jay-Z

‘We got to pick and choose our ancestors…’

We can’t choose our family, but we can choose our inspiration,

We choose the people we look up to, the information we feed ourselves, the books we read, the movies we watch…

In the Book Steal Like An Artist – Austin talks about the concept of choosing your Ancestors.

You take your inspiration and find who inspired them, then you find your inspirations inspiration and repeat the process, eventually, you have a family tree of inspiration, whose work you study, imitate and create new ideas…

Create your own family tree, Create your own world, Create Yourself

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One of the greatest regrets in life

One of the greatest regrets in life is being what others would want you to be, rather than being yourself.”
― Shannon L. Alder

Don’t throw yourself away.

Theres a saying that goes around in the personal development world…

‘Do what you love’

But sometimes doing what you love doesn’t bring you an income, or when you start making money for doing what you love then you eventually resent what you love, (Theres a few examples in the book unscripted)

So we have to find somthing that we can live off and you know survive…

But that does not mean we have to throw ourselves in the trash so we can live…

We can still do what we love and enjoy what we love, Whilst loving the job that we do.

If you want to get together with your friends and become a rock and on the weekend then do that, If you love painting and drawing then do that in your free time…

Just because you can’t make money from the things we love, does not mean we should throw that part of ourselves away…

Weak men act to satisfy their needs

Weak men act to satisfy their needs, stronger men their duties. Nassim Nicholas Taleb

You’ve had a bad day, Nothing went right, But now you have to do your duties

(Duties being your side project, your book, your workout etc)

But you don’t want to sit a write all evening, You don’t want to work out…

You would rather do some online shopping, chill and watch the tv, anything to satisfie your needs of feeling better…

What do you do?

Do your duties or satisfy your needs… That choice is yours

It’s waiting that helps you as an investor

It’s waiting that helps you as an investor, and a lot of people just can’t stand to wait. Charlie Munger

When you invest (and by invest I mean anything that can have a Return on Investment on your life (not just money investments))

You need to be prepared to wait for those results…

You want a better body and better health, You investment plan needs to be longer than 7 days

That is true for anything that will significantly improve your life…

Be prepared to wait, Leave the quick fixes and fast results to those who aren’t willing to.

Then why not create the most beautiful story for yourself?

“If you can see yourself as an artist, and you can see that your life is your own creation, then why not create the most beautiful story for yourself?” – Don Miguel Ruiz

As kids we’re free, we draw, we create, we sing and dance… Life is fun…Life is art

But

As social creatures, we are drawn towards tribes and we want the tribe to accept us, so we conform to how the tribe acts, we do as they do because their opinion matters to us.

We start to fear rejection.

So the things we used to do for joy and fun we stop.

We don’t start the things we want to do because,

We fear being laughed at, Not being liked and rejected…

So the art we want remains a thought in our head,

Whilst we conform to the system of the tribe’s beliefs…

Is that the life you want…
:// Side note – Its why it doesn’t bother me when people comment on my grammar, If they commented on it, they read it, which means I did the work and put it out there to be criticized – No art is perfect