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Embrace Work-Life Imbalance

the problem is not your inability to switch off, but to switch on. This is rooted in the fact that too few people work in careers they enjoy. The only way to be truly successful is to follow your passions, find your mission, and learn how to embrace the work-life imbalance.

Overworking for something you like and think matters makes a lot of sense.  Sometimes it may not even feel like work.  Work becomes a burden when it competes against your interests.  Happy work, happy people.  

Fun work exists.  

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Exaggerating the lizard brain

Exaggerate the lizard brain, the fear. Make up visualizations of embarrassment of potentially career ending moves. See the worst outcome possible, and then intensify the big failure even more.

Hyperbolizing fear reduces its preventive impact. Deliberately over-thinking about negative outcomes undermines fear. Scared becomes funny and ridiculous.

Put fear in its corner by embracing its negativity.  Give in to get out.  And then go for it.  You’ve seriously got nothing to lose.

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Vulnerable Minds

If you believe whatever you’re told, soon enough you’ll discover the real truth.

Everybody has a different background and experience. The most you should do is listen to what people have to say and practice some of those tenets to see if they hold true for you too.

Advice is too fragile, as our are minds. The older we get the wiser we get, ostensibly. Premise your own advice with this: “shit worked when I did it but it might not work for you.”

Good luck.

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Don’t be afraid to be confused. Try to remain permanently confused. Anything is possible. Stay open, forever, so open it hurts, and then open up some more, until the day you die, world without end, amen.

George Saunders
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Build Beyond Your Own Moat

Image via George Hiles
Image via George Hiles

Build your own moat. The moat is your first line of defense, the fundamental skill(s) that you excel in and give you a chance at survival.

You can always rely on your moat.

But most people stop there. They focus on doing one thing well and forget the rest. They think that 20% of their potential skills produce 80% of their success is good enough.

The moat doesn’t work all the time. Times change, technology disrupts, consumption evolves. You won’t last forever and neither will what you do for a living. At some point, your moat will dry up, and people will just walk all over you.

Keep the moat at bay but your skills elastic. There’s always ways to improve. The moat is just a starting point.

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Foundation First

You never really know what you want to do. You can either make plans or decide what to do next; but it’s all still a guess.

Guesses require gut checks and belief. Ask yourself: Am I about to do something I really believe in, enjoy, helps others, helps myself, helps me improve now or down the road?

A LOT OF PEOPLE OCCUPY THEMSELVES WITH USELESS WORK just to get their mind around the fact they can’t identify the most important stuff that defines them. If you’re creating tasks just to stay busy and avoiding work that matters, you’re going to live with a lot of regrets.

Identify your core beliefs in work, life, health, family, and spirituality and take action and make decisions based on those beliefs.

Act and then deduce. But don’t get distracted and float like a lost ship in the sea. Take control of your own destiny right now.