Technology didn’t make our lives better, it simply changed what we can accomplish, but it seems, humans are still very much like we were 100 year ago:
Greedy, Selfish, Looking to impress, Wanting to do good, Doing good and so the list goes on.
We now only have better tools. Tools that allow us to do more harm and more good. But this is just more of the same. More of what we’ve always been doing. More harm but also more good.
They say it is exactly the same with money. Money doesn’t make you bad or good it just amplifies who you already are. Money gives you more options, but which ones you choose largely depend on who you are.
It all balances out in the end. We should not look to technology to make our lives better, we should look at how we treat the people who can do nothing for us. That is who we are. If we can better that, we can better ourselves.
After periods of intensity I find myself automatically collapse into a slower period, a period where I feel very unproductive. This was very frustrating as I feel like, you know you can do more, but you’re just not getting to it.
After a few of these instances I realised that this is normal. This is a natural cadence that one has to work with. Just like you can’t your muscles flexed indefinitely so you can’t function at your peak continuously, without taking the time out needed for recovering and recouping your strength.
I hope to settle into a 3 month on and a few days off after that. I know keeping all your leave for the big days sounds very exciting, but I think it’s better for you to take it in snippets throughout the year, maximising the weekends and other holidays.
The book contains 100+ interviews with highly successful people, the mentors. These people share their best advice and struggles.
If you don’t like reading, this is the perfect book for you. You can start at any point and stop where you like.
In this book Tim Ferris asks all mentors the same set of questions. Some people chose to only answer a subset of the question and others used their creativity to see the questions from a different perspective, which I found most interesting.
Tribe of Mentors contains various interpretations of the word “success”: Financial, professional and health to name a few. You will find that, not all the interviews appeal to you, but there are quite a few pearls of wisdom.
There were so many commonalities between the answers. One of the more noticeable things were Meditation, they all practice some form of it. It was also interesting to see lots of repeating advice, which shows that there are only a hand full of fundamentals that you need to practice in order to become successful.
One thing I really don’t like about this book is that it consists primarily of Americans, to truly be a tribe you need people from the African continent. Well not really, but you know what I mean. I would have loved a more global approach.
The most Important habits that almost all the mentors practice are:
I also learnt about a few interesting products:
I have taken some more notes that I will share with you going forward. This will cover the top quotes, best advice and top interviews from my perspective.
My favourite. quote from this book, which really bring everything together is:
“It is the quality of your relationships that determine the quality of your life” – Esther Perel
Blogging is a learning process. You learn to organize thoughts. You learn to overcome the fear of publishing those thoughts. This helps you to become better at communication, just like Journalling.
I used to do a terrible job of regularly updating this site until I discovered scheduling. Scheduling is an amazing strategy, it is also my secret weapon against the fear of publishing.
I often get so nervous before I publish that I have often stopped short of hitting publish. What will people think, right? Well, with scheduling, I push that fear out and away, forward, somewhere in the future. There it looks so harmless. Then, one day, I see the post popping up on my feeds, by which time it is too late to cancel, so I just go with it.
I love this feature, as I’m not always inspired, but sometimes I get 4 to 5 ideas in one go. Then I can either draft them or start writing them to schedule them.
1 Post a week. That’s all only release one, even if you have ten. Until you master regular writing discipline. 1 per week will help you maintain a good cadence and also improve your writing skills.
A few years ago, I was politically fired up. I believed that politics would fix all the problems we were having in our beautiful country. I used to think, if only party X would win, or if only party Y would get better, then we’d be in for real change. I honestly believed the answers to our problems can be solved with politics.
Politics, a game smothered in corruption and parties making promises they can’t keep. The parties that are genuine cannot create enough “buzz” as they won’t do whatever it takes.
The day I stopped caring about politics was when I realised this: Even if politics changed it wouldn’t affect my life that much, I would not be healthier and I would not be happier. The effect that politics and the government have on our day to day lives is very minimal. Of course, if things go haywire, it affects us all, but it affects us all the same.
Instead of focusing on politics. I choose to work on myself. In the words of Jim Ron:
“When you change, Everything will change for you”
There’s a prayer I remember, one those that people hang up on their bathroom walls, called the Serenity prayer:
“God, give me grace to accept with serenity
the things that cannot be changed,
Courage to change the things
which should be changed,
and the Wisdom to distinguish
the one from the other”
Now, I completely ignore politics. I still vote and that, that is where my input stops. I will no longer pour any of my energy into politics by having debates on Facebook, talking about it socially while secretly hoping that one day, politics will save us.