Me Me Me! Over Here!

In a world of Me Me Me, what if I did the opposite?

What if I️ lifted other people up instead of me?

Of course, I want Renaissance Life to be huge. I want to create a massive tribe of friends pursuing mastery and living life to the fullest. But is pushing out one more social media post really going to do it for me? 

Binge reading Ryan Holiday’s blog has shown me how timeless our work can be. I’m reading his thoughts from over a decade ago, and yet there they are — fresh as the day they were conceived. What stands out most to me is not the insights (although there are a bunch of them) but the connections he made along the way. And the same goes for us.

My writing is important, but it’s the connections I make that matter.

That’s why I’ve started interviewing Creatives Like Me on the blog.
I want to create deep and lasting bonds with likeminded humans.
I want to surround myself with charismatic and energetic people who are striving to make the world a better place.

Action Steps: Focus on the we culture, not the me culture. Focus on lifting others first.

Who knows what kind of friends we’ll have if we do?

Keep Pursuing,

— Josh Waggoner

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Related Wisdom:

“What tribes are, is a very simple concept that goes back 50 million years. It’s about leading and connecting people and ideas. And it’s something that people have wanted forever.” — Seth Godin

“Great things in business are never done by one person. They’re done by a team of people.” — Steve Jobs

Renaissance Life Podcast: RL#003: (Solo Round) How to Become a Renaissance Man / Renaissance Woman today.

Session 3: How to Become a Renaissance Man / Renaissance Woman today.

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In this weeks episode, I discuss what I think a Renaissance Human looks like in today’s world.

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Favorite Lines:

“It’s about expanding yourself, and improving yourself in multiple areas, but [having priority in mind] by starting with one area, and going from there.”

Apologies for saying, “on the daily”  I’ve disgraced myself and all josh’s out there in the world.

Show Notes:

Becoming Renaissance

1. Choose a set of skills (3 – 5) you would love to be a master.

2. Make them into daily habits by practicing in a small way. make it something stupid small, the easier it is, the more likely you’ll make a habit out of it.

3. Prioritize your skill list. Choose one that’s the most important to you RIGHT NOW, focus on it first. Build up your abilities in that skill before pursuing the next. Developing multiple skills at once is possible, but it’s far more likely (and easy) if you stick with one at a time.

4. Study the greats of today and from history. Who is a master in what you want to do already? What can you learn from their path? What systems do they have in place?

5. Add regular feedback, and measurements to your routine to get the most improvement in the shortest amount of time. Remember, what gets measured get’s managed. Measure things in a way that is easy rather than difficult. If it takes longer to measure than it does to practice your skill, figure out a way to simplify.
Simplify simplify simplify.

Mastery happens on the day to day. Whatever we can do to set up our day right to practice our skills will create space for us to become mastery in them.

Be so good they can’t ignore you.

— Steve Martin

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Honesty is Your Greatest Asset

‘Honest is the best policy’ is one of those phrases you hear over and over again until it loses it’s meaning entirely. Once a phrase ends up on a coffee mug and a dog sweater, it’s becomes background ascetics rather than practical advice. 

However, if you take a moment to let the idea sink in, it can become one of your greatest assets.

By living with honesty — being honest with yourself, and being open to sharing that with others — your impact and life can improve dramatically. Here’s why:

 

being real gets you furthest in life.

Recently, I’ve been wondering why I follow / admire certain people and what sets them apart from the majority.

Elon Musk, Tony Robbins, Maria Popova, Tim Ferriss, Seth Godin, Sophia Amorosa, Pat Flynn… are some that come to mind.

If they have anything in common, it’s their ability to be true to themselves and unafraid to show their failures and faults as well as their successes. (Or more aptly Put, they feel the fear, yet do it anyway).

Standouts are not only honest to the world, but honest with themselves.

How does one standout? Why do I want to consume everything this person does?

How do they inspire me and how can I do the same to inspire others?

 

By being true to yourself and open — good and bad. Struggles and all.

They stand out because they are more them, then you are yourself.

Vulnerability is Relatability*

(*to coin up a word 🙂

And being relatable is the key to connecting with others.

How can you expect to get anywhere without the people — your audience, your tribe, your friends — that push you there?

How can you expect to know yourself, if you’re not honest with yourself?

And its not that your not honest with yourself necessarily. But are you being 100% you everywhere you go? Or are you picking and choosing what to show or hide depending on the situation?

Honesty is how you stand out, and differentiate, because
Being honest means being you.

You become something more when you become more yourself +

#KeepPursuing — Josh Waggoner, Renaissance Man | Dec 5, 2016 Updated: Jan 20th, 2017

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Q: So Tell me, how you are you?

(answer in the comment below if inspired to do so)