Life Seeker

How many non-decisions do I️ make in a day?

Meaning, options were I default to doing nothing or as little as possible, or choosing the lazy way.

How’s that for living?

As hard as it­ may be, we’ve got to choose what’s going to take us towards reaching our dreams. To be ALIVE, truly alive, is to never give into lazy choices. Ignoring debts, neglecting people you love, choosing faster foods over wholesome ones…etc where will these roads take us? 

We are what we put our energy into.

As little effort as possible gives us a little life. Aas much effort we have gives us an extraordinary life.

I️ think we are all secretly waiting for an overnight success to happen to us, but that’s just not how things work. Even the mega-talented still have to earn their talent eventually with hard work and dedication.

One thing I️ should clarify is that resting isn’t being lazy. We all need ways of rejuvenating. But I️ think we can tell when we are resting versus when we are “resting” — one is a necessary part of seeking life, and the other is an excuse.

In whatever matters to you, seek I­t­ with all you’ve got. I­t­ takes all of who you are to be who you want to be, you can’t leave anything on the table. Find what matters to you, set a BOLD goal, and then keep pursuing I­t­ with all you’ve got.

Stay BOLD, Keep Pursuing,

— Josh Waggoner

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Related Insights

“Death is nothing, but to live defeated and inglorious is to die daily.” — Napoleon Bonaparte

“The secret of your success is determined by your daily agenda.” — John C. Maxwell

“The true secret of happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life.” — William Morris

Sleepwalking Mask

I’ve been reflecting on Lewis Howes new book The Masks of Masculinity. (Great read highly recommended it) In it, he discusses the mask that guys can put on as a lens into how to live in the world. Athletic Mask, Stoic Mask, Material Mask… Lady’s can have these masks too, but they generally have better support groups and talk with friends differently than guys. (More honest and open relationships about what’s going on)

Being honest and open about my life and mission in life to be a Renaissance Man is one of the reasons I started the Renaissance in the first place.

Somewhere between middle school and high school, I changed. (No duh stupid it’s called puberty idiot-face 🙂 When I say change, I mean I lost a piece of who I was and put up a barrier. Instead of being more outgoing and taking chances, I would hold myself back. A veil of apathy maybe.. although apathy might be too strong of a word… I was mild. It was more like a piece of glass between who I was and who I came across as. Paul would say I wasn’t living at level 10, instead, I was living at level 7 or 8.

Inside, I was energetic, curious, outgoing, creative (and a little rebellious) but subdued, possibly even a little distant on the outside. I still cared about things, — which is why the word apathy doesn’t quite fit — I enjoyed hanging with my friends and pursuing passions (music, art, math, sports) and creativity, but I wasn’t living my life to the utmost. I wasn’t completely awake. I was living like I was sleepwalking.

I didn’t see this at the time of course, (hindsight is a 20 / 20 Bee) and I doubt others did either. I think this continued to college and on. It wasn’t until I started the Renaissance and improving myself that I started to feel the glass between the world and my real self.

Living asleep won’t kill you, but it won’t give you an extraordinary life.

I want to find my childlike curiosity and boldness again.

There’s wisdom in living your life with child-like wonder and imagination. I’m not trying to look over the childish traits — self-centered, stingy, short — those are there too.

But the closer we can get to who we were as kids — imagination, playing, laughter, making friends, taking action, learning — the better our perspective and experiences in life will be.

 

The questions I’m facing today are:

Q: How do I live every day by being fully ALIVE?

Q: How can I increase my energy, charisma, and enthusiasm for what I do, who I am and who I aim to be?

Q: How do I live a fulfilled and extraordinary life?

Q: How do I create the most impact on others lives and build a network of incredible relationships

Q: How can I practice curiosity and childlike wonder and imagination every day in all that I do?

I don’t know if I have an answer yet on how to remove the sleepwalking mask, but I do know that continuing what I’ve been doing can do nothing but help:

Asking hard questions.

Making new connections.

Challenging myself with daily challenges.

Getting into what makes me uncomfortable.

And doing what I fear so that I can become what I dream.

Keep Pursuing,

— Josh Waggoner

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Related Wisdom:

“When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.”Marcus Aurelius

“I don’t believe people are looking for the meaning of life as much as they are looking for the experience of being alive.” Joseph Campbell