Dividing Time

The most important resource is time and what we do with our own.

But I often find myself compartmentalizing my day and todo’s into different categories and desires — my work list, moonlighting list, passion list, book list, relationship list — which gives the false impression that I have an infinite amount of time.

In reality time spent on one thing, takes away available time for the others. Trying to pack more stuff into one day is a like packing a suitcase when you’re traveling. You can fit only as much as much as the suitcase has room for. You can try to fit more, sitting on it, going at it at different angles, and breaking out a full on sweat by trying to get your suitcase to close.


The more you stuff your suitcase, the less functional it becomes.

There is only so much time you can dedicate to the stuff you have to do, let alone want to do. You can compartmentalize a lot of things, but time isn’t one of them — time ticks on, whether you are using on things you love or not.

Quality time is about doing what you love, with the people you love, and doing that more than on things you dislike

Stay BOLD, Keep Pursuing,

— Josh Waggoner

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All You Had To Do...

Who has been through what you are going through or something sim?

Of the billions of people in this world, do you serious think you’re the only one who has experienced this problem, pain, frustration?

Who do you know who can help?

Who can you follow online and absorb their tactics and help?


Problems don’t live in isolation.


All you have to do is ask.

Stay BOLD, Keep Pursuing,

— Josh Waggoner

Josh Waggoner
Competing With Yourself

It’s almost midnight and I can see flashes of cars, rolling towards unknown purposes. Are they far away? Are they getting close to home? Are they on an important mission?


The thing about competition, be that in sports, business or any creative endeavor, is that competition never stops. While you’re cozy in your bed, someone out there somewhere is competing with your work. And most likely more than one. That’s why it’s better to narrow Your lens and compete with yourself instead of others. Competing with ‘others’ is like trying to empty the ocean with a bucket and a shovel. The world is a complex, bonecrushing machine, ready to spit out 100 examples of businesses or art that’s better than yours. But if you’re thinking about work being better than yours, you’ve already missed the point. Great work is not about being better than everyone else in your industry, it’s about being better than you were at it yesterday. That’s how you win and creating something truly impactful. It’s better to compete with yourself. To let the work of others inspire you, but not enrage or discourage you from being worse than ‘they’ are. You are your best rival, best nemesis you can find.

The question is, are you going to let your self from yesterday be better than today’s self, or tomorrows?

Hell no.

Stay BOLD, Keep Pursuing,

— Josh Waggoner

Josh Waggoner
How to Get Through Anything

What’s the one thing that can get you through anything?

When the world is crumbling at your feet...

When you don’t like the way your life is shaping up...

When you do something stupid... again...

When you feel broken, overwhelmed, depressed, discouraged, stressed, lonely, tired, scared, sad and all the other things that can weigh you down...

What’s the only thing you need to help you through challenging times?


Friends.

Caring friends of course.

If you don’t have them, find them. If you do, cherish them.

The more you care, the more they care.


Stay BOLD, Keep Pursing,

— Josh Waggoner

Josh Waggoner
Losing your way

“The most dangerous thought that you can have as a creative person is to think that you know what you’re doing.” — Bret Victor


All I know is that I know nothing. Which the most frustrating and exhilarating part about creating. I have so much to learn and do, and with each new experience I become more capable in my crafts.


Unless I stop. Unless I stop because I think I’ve learned it all. Unless I stop because I think I’m the best, or good enough, or as better as I’ll ever be.


I think the moment we stop being open to learning, and acting on that with curiosity and enthusiasm is the moment we stop being creative.


There’s always another level, a new height of what it means to be creative.

That’s either going to excite you or make you feel exhausted and shriveled up like a grape.


Find something you never want to stop learning and improving yourself in.


Stay BOLD, Keep Pursuing,

— Josh Waggoner

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Last Day on Earth

When I’m feeling really down, it’s usually because I’m not doing what I love doing. Why do I feel so stale and overwhelmed?? Maybe it’s because you haven’t picked up your guitar in 3 weeks? Oh, right.


It’s often the things we feel called to do, that we end up actually doing the least.


Our most important things can easily get slide lined if we let them. Paying your rent is important. Doing well at your job is important. Spending time with your family is important, and on and on ad infinite. But not making time for your creative outlet is the same as giving up on your creativity.


Do you really want to wake up 5 years from now and your fears and todo lists have held you back from creating?


What would make you happier? Working on your craft everyday like it means the world to you, or working on your craft only when the timing is right.

The timing is never right. There will always be responsibilities and obstacles that will try getting in your way of what you love. Are you going to let that get in your way?

If we don’t prioritize doing the things we love, who will??

 

You hear the phrase, ‘spend each day like it’s your last’. I like to get even more specific:

Create each day like it’s your last.

Stay BOLD, Keep Pursuing,

— Josh Waggoner

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Redefining Problems

If there’s one thing that I’ve learned over the past 5 years of health, financial and creativity challenges, it’s that the way you view and talk about your experiences matters.

Our words have power.

Tell yourself your luckily enough times and you’ll start to believe it. Are you really luckily or just noticing the luckily moments more because you believe in your good fortune? My best guess is because of your belief and confidence in that belief, you become more conscious of opportunities to be lucky. Like a string on a guitar, you’ve tuned yourself to a different, luckier key. While ever ones rushing around, worry their butts off, thinking they are unlucky, you’re the only one to notice the $20 dollar bill on the ground. Luckily day.

Words can work both ways on the spectrum too. Feeling lucky is just one example. Tell yourself you’re ugly or not beautiful enough and you’ll eventually start to believe it. Tell yourself something wrong with you and not only you’ll start to believe it, you’re body will believe it too.


Negative words have negative results.

Positive words, positive results.

It’s not the words that actually bring the results themselves, but the words lead to confidence in action and a willingness to go for the gold.

Words can either be wings that give you the change to go to new heights, or burdens you carry on your shoulders dragging you deeper into your problems.


Next time you’re dealing with a problem, or feel overwhelmed or stuck or uncertain, take a second and listen to how you think and talk about the issue at hand.


What sounds better to you?

Have a problem or having a challenge?


A problem — something you have to overcome, something that’s against you, misfortune that has happened to you, something that is ruining your life, or at least life as you know it.


Or a CHALLENGE — a chance to be better today and each day going forward, an opportunity to turn your experiences into a catalyst for change, a story, business, and or other chances to help people dealing with similar challenges, something that will improve your life for the better, at the expense of your previous expectations and awareness of how life worked.


A CHALLENGE is the hero’s journey you’ve been looking for, a problem is a third foot you can’t seem to get rid of.

Stay BOLD, Keep Pursuing,

— Josh Waggoner

Josh Waggoner
Lukewarmity: Two Types of Yes’s

The best type of yes is what Derek Sivers calls a ‘HELL YEAH’.

But often we feel as though we have to say yes to things we need to do or feel responsible for doing. Taking the safer job option because the economy sucks. Forgoing starting a band because your parents tell you its smart to get a lawyer degree. (Sidebar: why not do both? call your band ‘Law Degree’). There are thousands of this types of choices we make, or more often fall into without thinking or knowing. We give our best thumbs up 👍 and go through the motions, but all the while, in the back of our heads, we wonder, ‘Is this all that there is for me?’


This my friends is the second type of yes I refer to as the Lukewarm Yes.

A Lukewarm Yes is essential a No disguised up in a mentally exhausting Yes looking sweater.

Lukewarm yes’s can act in both directions of the same equation:

You can give a big hearty lukewarm yes to something you’re not that excited about, because you want the security blanket that it brings.

You can also say yes to something — out of need or lack of complete information — that unintentionally gives your passion the short sharif. By saying yes, you’ve unintentionally said a lukewarm yes to what you really enjoy doing. Even a valiant effort in working on your lukewarm yes, there’s only so much time, energy, attention and money to go around. A lukewarm yes is a half-assed yes.

At the end of the day, all of your Lukewarm yes’s, all of the things you wanted to do but didn’t get to (again) come back to haunt you. Sunday dread. Mystery illnesses and unrestful sleep.

Oblivious lukewarm yes’s are what we need to avoid, but are the easiest to fall into. There is no room for lukewarm yes’s in life. The more you say yes to them, the busier you’ll be, yet the less fulfilled you’ll feel.

All great things come from a ‘HELL YES’. Even the pain and discomfort of a failed HELL YES is better than the soul-sucking, paint drying life of lukewarmity.

Stay BOLD, Keep Pursuing,

— Josh Waggoner

Josh Waggoner
Making Habits Last

When it comes to creating habits, there are two battles you will face at once:


1.  The mental battle. This is harder than the habit itself. How you think, talk and carry yourself sends signals to your brain telling you that you’ll never create the habit. ‘I can’t because ‘ ‘why do I always get this wrong?’ ‘I can’t seem change this’.

2.  The habit itself. The physical act of doing something. Running, writing, photography, singing.. This sounds ridiculous to say, but in order to create a habit, you have to start doing it. A habit is a verb. It’s something you give your precious time to and inhabit into who you are.


If I had to give a third battle you’ll face in creating a habit, it would be everyone and everything that gets in your way, eats away all your time, and tells you that it’s impossible and that you can’t.


The biggest mindshift I learned about habits is that when you feel liking doing it the least, is exactly when you need to do it the most.

When you feel like doing it the least is exactly the moment when you need to do it the most.

When you feel lazy, and tired, sore, hangry, sad, discouraged, comfortable, grumpy, you have two choices:

Do the habit you want to do — create, write, workout, go to bed early etc


Or do the opposite and do the habit you don’t want to do — nothing, binge watch, stress eat, stay up until 2AM etc

You see, everything is a habit — there is no such thing as a non-habit — it’s either do the thing you want to or wish you would do, or do the thing you you wish you would stop doing someday.

When you act on a habit, you self perpetuate the habit. On your worst days, when everything went to h🐌ll in a handbasket, doing something towards your goals, acting on your habits will send a signal to your brain, letting yourself know — and anyone who might be watching — just the kind of person you are.

The kind of person who acts towards their dreams, even if they don’t feel like it in the moment.

That’s character. 

Stay BOLD, Keep Pursuing,

— Josh Waggoner

Josh Waggoner
Always Remember

Never be too big to ask for help.

The only people who don’t ask for help are the ones who stay stuck in life. 

Stay BOLD, Keep Pursing,

— Josh Waggoner

Josh Waggoner
The Worst Offender to Achieving Your Dreams

There’s your dream and then there’s you.

Well, actually there’s more to it than that.

There’s your dream, there’s you, and everything in-between that’s going to try to stop you.

Things you dislike will try to stop you: rent, bills, debt, time-sucking jobs,

Even things you like: movies, concerts, hangout sessions, games, relationships, other ideas, anything that requires a piece of your finite resources — time, energy, focus and money.

And of course some people will actively try to stop you. Haters, jerks, thieves, jellies (....? Jellies is the verb of jealous right?... Right?)

Everything that can get in your way, will get in your way if you allow it.

 

Which brings me to the worst offender: yourself.

Fear, failure, pain:

Things that make us stop when we really should be doing the opposite and pushing through.

Excuses:

  • I don’t know enough yet; I know too much to do that.
  • I don’t have enough $ yet; I have too much $ to lose do that.
  • I’m not as good as they are.
  • I’ll start when everything is perfect.

Mindsets:

I’m not good enough. Why do I always make mistakes. Why is everything against me. I hate my life.

... 

There’s a lot that will try to stop us, the question is are we going to let it?

Every time someone or something tells you to stop going after your dream, show them that you won’t. Intent. Persistence. Decisiveness. Inevitability.

Stay BOLD, Keep Pursuing,

— Josh Waggoner

Josh Waggoner
Freedom is Time Well Spent

The most important type of freedom — and the one most overlooked — is time.

 

Time to work on what you love, create, play, master, connect and experience the world. It’s the most important because its the most finite resources we have. You can optimize your time, become more effective, more capable, but you can’t get back time spent.

The hard part for me is the tradeoffs: do you spend your time working on your job to earn money? Do you spend it on working on your dreams? Do you spend it on a beach? Or do you spend it doing things you dislike because you feel like you have to?

If resources were no object, what would you spend your time doing?

The automatic response is sipping piña colada on a beach somewhere. But that only lasts so long, then your real purpose sets in. If you could be doing anything in the world, what would you be doing right now.

The closer you can get your reality to line up to your dream, the more free you will feel.

Stay BOLD, Keep Pursuing,

— Josh Waggoner

Josh Waggoner
Mindless Living

160° F

I’m writing this from a sauna about an hour from Chattanooga and Atlanta. 160° F / 70° C and rising. I wonder how hot an ink pen can get before it explodes into a splatter of ink and rage and paints me a nice shade of blue (like Paul Giamatti in Big Fat Liar).

I should do this more often. So far I’m the only one in here which is nice. Luckily, no naked 70-year-old fat dudes have been spotted, ready and willing to share their latest skin ailments and cholesterol problems. Knock on (cedar) wood.

One of my biggest goals with each daily blog post I write is to leave myself and you with a positive note. Not in an overall narrow or optimistic way, as everything crumbles around me, but as a way to reinforce positive, can do self-talk and lifestyle design. No matter how discouraged or stressed I might be at the beginning of sitting down to write, I never want to leave in a negative state. Open questions are welcome, negative Nancy’s are not.

Call this overly optimistic or looking on the bright side, my goal is to slow down enough to see the lessons in the hard things and chaos that comes with Pursing creativity (and life in general), and leave my head — and hopefully yours too — a little better than I found it.

It’s kind of like cleaning your bedroom or your office. You could throw your stuff about, like the kool-aid bro just busted through your wall (ooooooohhhh yeah), or a gaggle of tourist popped by and played hockey with your stuff, like a tornado decided to only hit your room and no one else’s, like Miley Cyrus brew in like a wreaking ball.... what was I talking about again? 

How is disorganization going to make you feel when you come back? How is it going to make the next person that comes in feel? Happy or subconsciously stressed the 🤖 out?

180° F / 80° C

Leave it better than you found it is a mental practice much as it is a physical one.

A side benefit of having a daily writing practice is taking a moment to check in with myself and how I’m feeling and what I’m doing and adjusting if necessary. Small adjustments don’t seem like much in the heat of it, but in the long term view, they add up to a meaningful variance.

200° F / 90° C. Now We Are Cook’n

Writing is just one of many types of check-ins you can have for yourself. 
Running, Vlogging, Talking to friends, being out on the water, therapy, shouting at the heavens... anything that gets you out of your mind and into the present. Before my daily practice, I was living like most do, mindlessly going about my life without actually considering what I’m doing. Before I started my renaissance life, I was living as if the world was monochrome. It’s not a bad life, in fact, it's much easier to live this way. Go to school, do this job, eat this food, buy these things. You don’t have to think about health or purpose or originality that much.

However, a mindless life is not an extraordinary life. Once you see the world go from black and white to spectacular color, it’s impossible to go back. Checking in with yourself does that. Pain, injury, and failure can do that. Nature can do that. Anything that gets you out of your self-centered nature can do that. 

The person you envision in your head you want to be won’t become reality without the mental feedback that mindful living brings. Not to say that it doesn’t happen, it does, but often times we are too busy, too stressed, too up our own bums to see that we’ve gotten what we wanted, but having it wasn’t enough. I want $1,000 dollars. No $10,000. No — $1,000,000. No make it a billion. The amount doesn’t ultimately matter to us in the end. It’s learning to enjoy the process, and knowing the reason why we want things in the first place — the purpose and value behind the goal — that actually gets to the meaningful life we want.

If you ever have a strong suspicion that you could be doing more, or could be more, then maybe its time to add a daily practice to open up that conversation with yourself. What practice you choose is up to you. What matters is giving yourself the outlet and challenge to define who you are and what you are capable of.
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Looks like my pen lasted longer than I did. I’m getting out of this hot box.

Stay BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
And wherever you are, keep smiling :)
— Josh Waggoner

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Micro | Macro

We must Focus In on the Micro — one small change / act / experiment / challenge we must do today that will move us forward — to get closer to our Macro.

Macro is our vision — who we want to become, what we want to achieve.

Micro is our daily determination — what we must do day in, and day out to make our macro a reality.

The absence of either will leave us feeling stuck and spinning our wheels.

 No vision for your life and you'll end up taking one step in a million directions and find yourself in the same place you started.

No consistent action and you'll end up fulfilling your dream only in your head.

Stay BOLD, Keep Pursing,

— Josh Waggoner

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It Takes a Village and a Bag of Chips

The warm water fell down around my neck and shoulders, attempting to melt away the tension from today stresses.

It wasn’t a particularly stressful day per se. There were a few moments of rush and quite a bit of time invested behind the wheel going to and from my grandparent's house. The real tension came from me. 

I’ve been mentally and emotionally exhausting myself from difficulties I’ve been facing, things I said yes to that I have todo, and things I would like to do but aren’t.

As the water gave its best college try to lift my spirits, I couldn’t seem to shake the numb, despairing stupor I found myself in. This wasn’t a new feeling, more like an old friend you don’t have anything in common with.

You see, as much as I want to take my problems and the resistance in my life and turn them into fuel to ‘prove them wrong’ and ‘show ‘em what I’m made of’, I generally tend to default to a hopeless and overwhelmed state instead. An energetic spirit is — like most things in life — developed by practice and honed by experience, just like learned helplessness is practice.  In The Power of Habits, Charles Duhigg writes about how if you want to change a habit, you have to replace it with something else. By identifying the trigger that causes a habit, you can then be aware of when it takes place and practice a different habit instead of defaulting to your normal one.

As my fingers started to puff up into little prunes and enough time passed that the water was starting to feel cold, a sign that the water heater had figuratively began to sing ‘closing time, one last call for...’, I ask myself the question: What am I doing wrong?

And the first answer that came to me was simply:

Relying too much on only myself.

I’m a strong proponent of if you want to create positive change in your life, no one is going to do it for you, you have to do it yourself.

Who's going to care more about your dream of being an actor than yourself? Who's going to put more hours into a startup than the founder?
The world doesn’t owe you anything. If you want change, you’ve got to create it.

But that doesn’t mean going it alone. Even if you could do everything you’ve set out to do by yourself, imagine how much farther you could go with a little help. The self-made hero — someone you admire — looks a lot more like a village-made hero when you start pulling back the layers of his or her life.  Catching a break, mentorships, advice from influential people, teachers, relationships, family, God… — help is always around you, you just have to ask for it. A restaurant isn’t going to bring you a glass of wine unless you ask for it. Why expect others to help you if you don’t ask?

As I stepped out of the shower, the room was still foggy but my mind was a little clearer. I didn’t cure all my problems but I asked a question and found a course of action I can follow.  Hope is not lost when you decided that there is always a way, always something you can try next. When you reliance on yourself buckles beneath you, asking for help gives you the opportunity to lean on others strength. Refusing help is refusing extra strength. As romantic as a self-made icon sounds, I’d rather be surrounded by people that care than surrounded by people and possessions that don’t. That bag of chips you’re eating your emotions with doesn’t care about you either. All it cares about is making sure your distracted and fat. There’s no shame in asking for help, the only shame is that you didn’t ask sooner.

Stay BOLD, Keep Pursing,
— Josh Waggoner

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On Pain

“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.”
Lao Tzu

A lot of things have been bothering me lately, more so than I would like to admit. It’s like I’ve been in the war room as multiple battles rage across all fronts of my life. By itself, each battle is not that much to look at, they’re more like a skirmish between two raccoons over a thrown out piece of pizza 🍕, but when you add them up it's been taking its toll on me.

I won’t bore you with the details (nor give myself the chance to complain about them), suffice it to say, every problem I face today is something that we all face as humans, and someone somewhere in the past has experienced and overcome. (The ones that didn’t overcome their problem are usually lost to failure or obscurity.)

Health, Money, Wisdom, Power, Boldness, Courage, Creativity, Resilience, Resolve, Connection...

And their opposites:

Sickness and Injury, Debt, Foolishness and Ignorance, Weakness, Comfort, Fear, Burnout and Unimaginative, Overwhelm, Indecisive 🤷‍♂️, and Lonely...

Every new experience is unique to me, but it’s not unique to humanity. Look at enough biographies and you start to see patterns of humanity. Experience enough cultures and you start to see how that culture reflects in the people (and the people reinforcing the culture) Bad things happen. Mistakes are made. And unless you’re Patrick Star living under a rock for your entire life, you’ve been through and are going through some difficult moments too.

The boring question is ‘Why me?’ 'Why do I have to feel this way?' 'Why do I have to go through this?' 'Why is this so hard?'

I wonder about the differences between difficulties. Is depression worse than cancer? Is an injury more painful than a broken home, or a loss? Is loneliness worse than apathy? ...

Of course these are impossible comparisons (unless you’ve experienced them all and can tell me). One thing I do know for sure is that pain unites us. Pain is the door to empathy that ties us all together. Our own pain gives us a measurement of what someone else’s pain must feel like. I did not understand what someone goes through when they injury themselves until I injured my neck. Now I know the debilitating pain someone must feel when they hurt their back or knee etc. I don’t know exactly what it feels like, but I can compare their pain to my own and create a connection with them through my experiences.

Why me? doesn’t matter. The real question is what are you going to do about it?

What are you going to do about it?


If there is a why behind the circumstance, its

To rely on something bigger than yourself and your own ego. To trust others or God (or whatever you believe) rather than always carrying the weight of the world by yourself.

To challenge yourself to take the painful lesson and turn it into a chance to improve and become better than you were.

To give you the opportunity to share your story with others and inspire others to overcome their own difficulties.

What are you going to do about it?

Stay BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner
 

Creative Chores

Never let your creative work become a chore.

Do the laundry clean the floors, write a blog, practice music, run, take out the trash...

The moment your passion becomes just another thing you have to check off is the moment you stop being able to create original and impactful work.

If you’re not bleeding from all orifices and pushing your creativity every day, then how do you plan on making an impact and original work?

Stay BOLD, Keep Pursing,

— Josh Waggoner

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S.O.S.

The best part about asking for advice from a trusted friend or mentor is the objectivity.

When you are facing down the barrel of a problem (or problemS with a fat capital Ssssss) you’re usually too close what’s going on to see the issue for what it is and find opportunities to solve it — without losing your shhhirt about it.

Asking for help can be terrifying, mostly because it shows you are vulnerable like everyone else. You spend all this time fortifying yourself for battle, handling problems by yourself, steeling your nerves. All the while, you’re on edge and crying on the inside, as your foundation crumble from all the battles.You wish you had help, but in order to get it you have to lower your defenses to let help through, leaving you open...

Objective advice allows you to see things for what they are, rather than what you think they are.

It’s an emotionless spark of insight on what’s going on. However emotionless doesn’t mean soulless. Trusted advice has care and concern behind it. It doesn’t come with expectations of what you should do or pity for what you can’t do, rather, it says ‘here’s something you might haven’t seen or thought about the problem.'

Advice gives you the chance to find different angles and perspectives to the problem and redefine what the your dealing with. 

A problem isn’t just a problem, it’s amplified by what we think and believe about it.

A negative hopeless problem is a lion roaring on your chest while you lay on the ground yelling, ‘why me?!’ An objective problem is recognizing that the lion is actually the size of an iPhone, and you can pick up the lion by its tiny tail and you can get up off the ground and show that baby iPhone-sized lion your teeth and strength.

When in doubt, ask a trusted confidant.

How do you know if you can trust someone? Ask yourself, 'does this persons advice help me, or does it help them / does it make them feel better about themselves?'

Does this person's advice help me, or just them?

And when you don’t feel like you have someone to trust, find an expert such as a therapist, or even better, someone who has been through what you’re going through.

Stay BOLD, Keep Pursing,
— Josh Waggoner

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"I think it's very important to have a feedback loop, where you're constantly thinking about what you've done and how you could be doing it better. I think that's the single best piece of advice: constantly think about how you could be doing things better and questioning yourself." — Elon Musk

"Wise men don't need advice. Fools won't take it." — Benjamin Franklin

"What you're supposed to do when you don't like a thing is change it. If you can't change it, change the way you think about it. Don't complain.”  ― Maya Angelou

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The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer

Decrease

‘Yes’ can get you far and out of tight spots, but can also become the villain in your life if saying yes to too many things or too many people takes you away from what you love. 

As the great Bruce Lee once said,

“It's not the daily increase but daily decrease. Hack away at the unessential.”

Is digging a bigger hole, adding more projects and todos, having more jobs, hobbies, houses, shoes or money going to make you happy instead of miserable?

It might help to a degree, but nothing is a substitute (long term) for your happiness and wellbeing. Simplicity is the hardest part of creativity. The more you pare down, the hard it is to remove.

  • Overwhelmed is overcommitment
  • Anxiety is mental stress about future commitments (mental obligations)
  • Pain is your body asking you to stop
  • Worry is stressing about the un essentials 90% of the time while ignoring the essentials 100% of the time.

Whatever you are feeling, whatever you are going through, break it down to the essentials:

What can you decrease in order to increase what you find essential?

Stay BOLD, Keep Pursing,
— Josh Waggoner

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Freedom*

*Some restrictions apply

In America, at the most foundational level, freedom was built into our DNA.

‘Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.’ 

Freedom is what we all want, but it’s something we want, not something we automatically have.

Do you feel free? If we all have a right to freedom, why do most of us feel the opposite?

At least in America, we all have rights to it, kind of. The problem is it's (unintentionally) easy to give your freedom away in different ways:

Want a great education? Of course, you can, at the expense of decades worth of loans and financial debt.

Want to be a good ________ (Writer, journalist, doctor, lawyer etc)? No problem, just conform to exactly how and what we tell you to do and maybe you’ll catch a break in a few years.

More often than not, we have to box our freedom away because we are beholden to someone or something else.

There’s an aspect of freedom we often don’t think about, and that’s work.

During the inception of the new country, freedom wasn’t easy. The founding Americans gave everything to enable that freedom.

I think everyone and their crazy uncle has at some point wanted passive, make-money-while-you-sleep income, or at least enough wealth to be free from doing work. There are two twin problems I see with this mindset:

One: We hate work, or rather we want to escape work that we hate. 

And yet we don’t. We give up a little of our freedom for a piece of stability and peace of mind. We suppress the creativity we want and were born to do, in order to have more (mistaking the pursuit of happiness for the pursuit of things) or because we have too (because other pieces of our freedom, such as finances, are being boxed up) And so, we keep doing work we hate because that’s all we know, or because another circumstance in our lives convinces we could never leave the stability, even if that means being miserable.

Two: We desire freedom from work.

Which is actually the wrong way to look at it. What we should desire is to have the freedom to work.

Freedom to work.

On work that aligns with who we are and who we want to be. A universal truth says do work that you love and you’ll never work a day in your life. You’ve heard this, I’ve heard this... This doesn't mean that you’ll spend all your time sipping pina colada's with Jimmy Buffett of a beach somewhere, rather, no amount of work that you do will actually feel like work because you’ll be loving every second of it. 

It’s not enough to be free from work. In fact, trying to escape work is almost like trying to escape meaning or happiness. 

The founders of America knew this. They created freedom through hard work. You can’t have one without the other.

Freedom is the equivalent of a prize inside of a cereal box. The free toy is yours, but first, you gotta earn it.

Stay BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner


 

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