Savor a Blessing

Unless I forget to brush my teeth, each night I savor a blessing.

By attaching something that I struggle to make routine (pondering gratitude) to an act that I do every day (brushing my teeth), consistency with the latter becomes practical.

Think hard on your day for just one minute or two. How fortunate were you today? By your standards? By the standards of a homeless child? By the standards of a woman widowed by war? What blessings do you have to be thankful for? If you cannot find even one, your perspective is probably out of wack. Adjust.

Think about how wonderful a life you live, that blessings, maybe small, come daily, and rarely do you have to sacrifice comfort and convenience unless you choose to.

Some will never know the blessing of choice, or the blessing of free thought.

Revel in that while you cook dinner tonight, or during a shower, or what have you.

Brush your teeth, savor a blessing.

Get it in writing

Your boss says you might get a promotion.

A new business partnership is on the horizon.

The admissions department rep thinks you’ll get accepted to Harvard.

They can all be agreed upon, and exciting to anticipate or daydream about, but they carry no validity or value until written and signed.

Gotta get it in writing.

Getting your thoughts locked permanently into existence, and written down on paper, is as important to your life as any deal or letter of acceptance.

A great idea at 3am is meaningless if you’ve forgotten it by 8.

I cannot under-sell you on the importance of getting enough sleep, but sometimes, even when you’re laying in bed ready to fall asleep, or tossing and turning at 3:34, you’ve got to get up and grab a pen.

Got an idea?

Get it in writing.

New Years: Effective Frame of Mind

What are you asking yourself in 2018?

Some people make resolutions. Lists. Some commit to a diet, or a workout plan, or a shift in values.

Those are wonderful.

They’re usually averagely effective, however, without the proper mindset.

It is only minimally correlated to the plans made or the goals set.

It is about whether or not you are prepared to make changes at all.

Where is your head at?

Are you willing to sacrifice?

Are you willing to humbly address your short-comings?

Are you willing to make changes?

This year, focus your lens on those questions first, and make sure that you can answer them, before you “go Paleo” or buy a gym membership.

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Oh, by the way, it is the year 2 0 1 8 .

Take a moment to think about what it means to be alive right now, at this time.

Be awesome in 2018. I 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.