I have to do this

Are you a “high achiever”? A “go-getter”?

Do you have to-do lists longer than The Pan-American Highway?

Heavy eyelids?

The self-talk usually goes something like, “I want this so bad. I have to do this.”

Most people quit at this point. But you won’t. You’re an animal. You’re a machine! You’ll never quit!!

You just set the track record for the first lap of the 1600m run.

Though, hmm, nobody ever won the gold because of a fast ‘Lap 1’. Now what?

How do you follow-through on goals or drag on when you’re exhausted? Perspective always helps.

I don’t need to give you stories of the rampant poverty all over our planet.

You don’t HAVE-TO-DO anything.

You GET-TO-DO it.

That alone could be the elixir to your anxiety.

This should apply to some 90+% of Americans, as we are majorly above the poverty level in comparison to most human beings on earth.

Be the GET-TO-DO type of person.

Now, go. Do.


 

***As always, thank you so much for taking the time out of your day to read this. I only hope that I can positively impact your life in some small way.

Please, share.

As most of you know, the best way to support writing is to spread the work and engage in the wise conversations.

“Y’all” are the best. 

I love you,

Jakob

 

Blue, White, Mark Zuckerberg

New era.

No collar.

Wearing a collar to work used to carry with it implications that you were prepared, committed, focused, professional, etc.

Now, you look at some of the wealthiest and most influential people on the planet, and they wear white t-shirts to work, grow big beards, and take lots of silly selfies for instagram (Mark Zuckerberg).

Do they not care? Are they not committed? Is there a cap on their potential?

Some financial moguls have minimized their closet to single color t-shirts and pants in an attempt to make the daily dress-up routine even more efficient.

It’s clear that style has taken a back seat to productivity. Do not take that for granted. Especially in America, we reward outcomes, critical path thinking, and taking action over a person’s general appearance.

Everyone can LOOK the part, but can you PLAY the part?

Appearance can get you a seat at the table, but results are what gives you the credibility to speak up, and maybe even get invited back.

Whether you are a “blue-collar” or “white-collar” worker, just remember, it’s more about the quality of your work than it is about how you look while doing it. Sure, you have to meet standards when it comes to physical appearance at various jobs, but don’t let that become the identity and focal point of your career and work.

One Inch

Inches matter.

Take a single step.

Write down a late night thought.

Phone an old friend.

Read 2 pages in a book.

Drink 1 less beer.

Go to sleep 1 hour earlier.

If you can’t run a mile, run down the street and back.

If you can’t be joyful to everyone you interact with, just be joyful to 1 person each day.

Do not be intimidated by your ideals. Like a building is a culmination of bricks, your progress is a culmination of small choices. From where you are now, to the future you desire, is just a series of progressional inches.

It is easier to be consistent (which matters) when you don’t expect too much of yourself.

MANY INCHES > ZERO MILES

Inches matter.

“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years go. The second best time is now.”

– Chinese Proverb

Love you all.

Jakob

 

Winter is Coming

This post is about: #finance, #preparedness, #theinuit  |  Read time: 2 min


Finance and The Inuit are two topics that I am only averagely versed in.

I am no layman, though. I study.

  1. I plan to make money — financial objective.
  2. I plan NOT to freeze to death in the CanadianArctic — just a general objective.

That said, I refuse to be someone unprepared for the long, wintery ‘bear market’ that is sure to come after this 7.5 year long ‘bull market’ finally ends. The majority of you will fuss about the market ruining you, and tragically, the prepared minority won’t have much sympathy. If you know something bad is looming, prepare for it. Pretty simple logic.

Prepare for winter, don’t react to it.

You’ve been blessed with this knowledge. The burden is yours to educate yourself now, or to wipe your tears later.

“People love to say that knowledge is power. But the truth is that knowledge is only potential power. You and I both know that it’s useless if you don’t act on it.” – Tony Robbins

Start with this book by Tony Robbins.

I did, and while I’m still no expert, I feel a whole lot more secure about my financial future than I did before reading it.

Start there. Start anywhere. Just don’t grizzle and grumble to me about your frostbitten fingers if you’ve never read up on how the Inuit keep warm in the winter.

Approval, Access, & Opportunity

This post is about: #aspirations, #opportunity, #socialdisconnect  |  Read time: 2 min


Teachers, managers, owners, bosses, coaches, parents, or other people in positions of authority, privilege, or power, are often seeking to mentor or train-in a “worthwhile” candidate. Finding a young successor helps to ensure the future existence of their world-views. It’s a legacy thing.

Many young folks seek the approval of these established persons, both for access and for opportunity.

Why is there a disconnect? Why do managers have a hard time finding good employees while there are so many employees who all desire the approval of these leaders.

To go from zero to leadership position is a tiresome process. It is not given. It is earned. It is not the snap of your fingers, it is the slow freezing of your bare hands after cleaning the gutters in 15 degree weather.

Young folks aspiring to something ‘greater’, understand the importance of these things if you want to please your superior, and eventually, become that person who masters their craft and can mentor others:

If you want approval, access, and opportunity,

There’s a level of scrutiny that you submit yourself to. Don’t be sensitive.

There’s a  level of attention to detail.

There’s a  level of necessary worry and concern.

There’s a  level of engagement.

There’s a  level of composure.

There’s a  level of initiative.

There’s a  level of IQ.

There’s a  level of responsibility.

There’s a  level of consistency.

There’s a  level of persistence.

There’s a level of growth.

There’s a  level of focus.

There is a lot required of you before you can get approval, access, and opportunity from those in the position to dish it out. So, first, decide if that’s what you really want. Then, act accordingly.