We don’t become virtuous by reading Epictetus or Seneca, We need to practice – Massimo Pigliucci
Practice, Practice, Practice that’s all we’re doing, all day every day,
The question is what are you practising?
Are you practising what you said you would or are you practising talking or quitting…
Talking about how you’re going to do this and how your going to do that Or quitting this because it didn’t work the first time
Jerry Seinfeld was booed off stage the first time he performed, did he quit… no, He practised
They are the lively hood of any tech gadget, any video game and anything in the digital world.
Operating systems are always changing, improving and innovating, That’s why you probably throw out your phone every 12-18 months to upgrade it for the fancier version…
If a tech company introduced a new device with a poor operating system that was difficult to use the company would go bust, Becuase nobody wants a poor slow device…
Yet we function on an operating system too and most often in today’s day and ages our Operating systems are far from supersmooth and reliable,
Yet even me whos writing this at this moment in time I have a dull aching pain running from my hip to part of my lower back because I have neglected to improve or fix the glitch in my operating system.
The question is
Why are we quick to improve our gadgets but not ourselves?
Why are we quick to offer other people advice on how to improve theirs but we don’t follow our own advise?
Eventually, the time that was not spent on learning skills will catch up with you, and the fall will be painful. Robert Greene
There was this one time not so long ago when an old work colleague, Saw me reading,
He was like “ah I’ve never really got into that” (reading) and then spent the next hour’s car journey playing some candy crush game on his phone…
A couple of weeks later after mismanagement from the company messing up the rota we were threatened with disciplinary if we didn’t come in on the Saturday because they were short-staffed.
I refused but my colleague went in.
The difference, I could afford to get fired, Simply by putting into practice the knowledge and skills I’ve learnt over the years from what I’ve read.
Even if you don’t want to be like me and have multiple companies you can still learn skills that will make you a better (unsackable) employee.
Linchpin by Seth Godin – Would be a good place to start.
The world is unpredictable, shit happens but the skills you learn, You’ve got them till you die…
Use your time wisely
“It’s not the daily increase but daily decrease. Hack away at the unessential.” – Bruce Lee
The first step to financial freedom isn’t earning more money, Its spending less
The same is true for good health – Hack away at the unessential.
The unessential amount of tv, the unessential amount of snacks and junk, Alchohol…
You will find the two go hand in hand, the less you spend on things you don’t need, The more money and time you will have to spend on actually living.
“Life is never stagnation. It is constant movement, un-rhythmic movement, as we as constant change. Things live by moving and gain strength as they go.” – Bruce Lee
Like water, if we stop flowing we become stagnant.
We need to move, not just in a physical sense but mentally too.
We need to grow and change, we need to crash against the rocks and squeeze through the little gaps from time to time.
No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man – Heraclitus
Even if nothing in your life changed and you stepped in the river, you may be the same person, but the river wouldn’t be the same that moved on a long time ago.
Flow like water.