This morning, Seth Godin (the man I would marry if i wasn't married already. Well, him or Obama ) wrote another brilliant post asking "is effort is a myth?" The post reminds me of one of my pet peeves; magical thinking. You know, that whole 'secret' thing. I do believe that thinking in negative terms is ultimately self-defeating, but i worry that some will just think up good stuff as opposed to try hard and make good stuff happen. I mean, we know what's good for us. We absolutely know. Lighting a candle and writing down affirmation will never be enough.
"1. Delete 120 minutes a day of 'spare time' from your life. This can include TV, reading the newspaper, commuting, wasting time in social networks and meetings. Up to you.
2. Spend the 120 minutes doing this instead:
- Exercise for thirty minutes.
- Read relevant non-fiction (trade magazines, journals, business books, blogs, etc.)
- Send three thank you notes.
- Learn new digital techniques (spreadsheet macros, Firefox shortcuts, productivity tools, graphic design, html coding)
- Blog for five minutes about something you learned.
- Give a speech once a month about something you don't currently know a lot about.
3. Spend at least one weekend day doing absolutely nothing but being with people you love.
4. Only spend money, for one year, on things you absolutely need to get by. Save the rest, relentlessly.
If you somehow pulled this off, then six months from now, you would be the fittest, best rested, most intelligent, best funded and motivated person in your office or your field. You would know how to do things other people don't, you'd have a wider network and you'd be more focused.
It's entirely possible that this won't be sufficient, and you will continue to need better luck. But it's a lot more likely you'll get lucky, I bet."
Next I am bringing you a post about a 'lucky" person i know.