Thoughts on…VIII: Life, Learning and Teaching

Thoughts on…VIII: Life, Learning and Teaching

Once every few months, I go through all my notes I’ve written down and do a roundup post of what has been going through my head. Thoughts and quotes from books and actions that I’ve found helpful. It gives me the opportunity to reflect back before starting taking notes again on a “clean slate”.

“You don’t have to live your life the way other people expect you to.”Unknown

“When you say, “I need more confidence,” what you’re really saying is, “I need those people over there to approve of me.” To be more confident you need to give a whole lot less of a shit about what other people think of you.”Augusten Burroughs

With every work related book, course, workshop or opportunity, ask, “does this advance me in a way that will help my customers?”

“I don’t need a drill, I need a hole in the wall.” Don’t focus on the tools or the methods. Focus on the goal.

When you contemplate whether to go for a walk or not, always go. You’ll feel energized and happier after.

Have a service business that you would love to be a customer of.

Make an intelligent decision that you are going to eat healthy breakfast because of how it improves your life. Instead of thinking it through the willpower as something you have to do.

“Return of training investment”Charlie Weingroff

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”Unknown

Even the most technical details can be made entertaining with a story. Best teachers are great storytellers.

The best teacher of a first grader is a second grader.

“The best teachers are those who show you where to look, but don’t tell you what to see.”Alexandra K. Trenfor

“Fear does not prevent death. It prevents life.”Naguib Mahfouz

Expect refusal. Start collecting them.

“Do the thing you think you cannot do.”Eleanor Roosevelt

“Today is the most important day of our lives.”Thich Nhat Hanh

My favorite books are told in first person.

Uncertainty leads to fear. Fear leads to hate.

When your focus fades, walk away from work to come back fresher later.

No point saving a bottle of wine for a special occasion if you can have it now. The special occasion might never arrive.

Plan in 90 day cycles focusing on one main goal. Keep the other goals simmering but only do what us necessary to maintain them. Focus on the one main goal.

Setting deadlines helps to get shit done.

“A goal is not always meant to be reached, it often serves simply as something to aim at.” Bruce Lee

Eliminate voicemail. If it’s important they’ll call back. (Still contemplating this).

If you are lacking in certain part of a task, take it apart, found out which one you need to work on and put emphasis on that part each time you do the task. Then reflect on it and how you went. What do you need to improve?

“Stop managing your time. Start managing your focus.”  – Robin Sharma

“To build confidence you’ll have start doing the things you want to be confident in.”Tim Ferriss

Set triggers around the house as reminder to adhere to a certain habit. Think the homes who reduced electricity bills by having to walk past the meter multiple times a day.

How is your life different once you’ve achieved these goals?

“It is more important to know where you are going than to get there quickly. Do not mistake activity for achievement.” –  Isocrates

What is the commonalities of top ten in any category? Do the opposite.

“A conversation is a dialogue, not a monologue. That’s why there are so few good conversations: due to scarcity, two intelligent talkers seldom meet.”Truman Capote

“It is a mistake to look too far ahead. Only one link in the chain of destiny can be handled at a time.”Sir Winston Churchill

Don’t be afraid to ask questions that might have seemingly obvious answers.

“What worries you masters you.”  – Unknown

Teach things that work for the “most”, not for the outliers.

Push someone only as hard as they care.

“I always try to look at things as a great opportunity rather than a pressure situation where you can make a mistake.”Jarmo Kekalainen 

“Do a little more of what you want to do every day, until your idea becomes what’s real.”Unknown

“You are the least important person in the room until you change that with results. …Give other people canvas to paint.”Ryan Holiday

Add a 10min meditation to the middle of the day/afternoon. For a better focus.

Mystical can also alienate people. It does it to me. More logical reasoning sparks my interest.

“Strengthen the ability of the system to shoulder its own burdens.”Thinking in Systems

Success to successful – loop. The more you earn the more you can invest and the more you can earn. The more clients you have the more you earn and the more resources you can allocate to continuing education and the better you get and the more income you make. You have to reinforce this loop to be successful. Reinforcing this loop will also able you to do more good for others since eventually your income will greatly exceed your expenses leaving more disposable income to use for a greater good.

“To have lived long enough depends neither upon our years nor upon our days, but upon our minds.”Seneca

“Respect yourself enough to walk away from anything that no longer serves you, grows you, or makes you happy.”Robert Tew

When things go wrong what’s the 1 percent that you can do better next time? Even when it’s not your fault.

Don’t write emails on phone. If you have to check email using the phone, trash what you can, read what is absolutely necessary and mark them “unread” to answer later.

If you are unable to affect the outcome, why stress or worry about it.

Wanting and needing are two different things. If you only want something you will drop out as soon as going gets tough.

When meeting a new person start the conversation with something deep, meaningful or vulnerable and see how they respond. Do you connect with them?

“If people aren’t laughing at your dreams, your dreams aren’t big enough.”  – Grayson Marshall


If you are reading one of my “Thoughts on” – posts for the first time here are links to the previous ones. Blasts from thy past.
Thoughts on Habits, Road and The Destination
Thoughts on… II: Fitness for Life, Busyness and Sticking with It
Thoughts on… III: Learning, Values, Peacefulness and Being a Good Person
Thoughts On… IV: Fat Loss and Movement
Thoughts on… V: Life
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houghts on… VI: Stress, Habits, Mindfulness
Thoughts on VII… Health, Results, Productivity, People

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