Autopilot Life

“By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.”

Confucius

We often live life on autopilot. Going where the wind (of others) takes us. I don’t think we have complete control over our lives, but at the very least we can say a prayer to ourselves and put our hands on the wheel.

It’s difficult to see what you are doing wrong, if anything, without proper reflection on what you’re doing.

Just because you’re going in a certain direction doesn’t make it a direction that works out for you.

There is no right or wrong direction per se. It’s more like there is the direction we can choose to take that align better to who we are and what we want out of life versus going against who we are (or who we want to be).

Many mistakes can happen when you go in and wing it. While over-preparation can hurt momentum, it never hurts to be more prepared rather than unprepared and caught off guard. It’s like they say, it’s better to go to a party overdressed (to the nines) than underdressed.

STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #838

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Moving Day

Today was a great day.
It’s 10 pm and I’m laying on an air mattress in my new apartment. We (family) spent the majority of the day moving me in, laughing and really enjoy the moment of the day. (We also hilarious moved a big A bookshelf up multiple flights of stairs because it would fit in the elevator whew!)

This is the first time I’ve had a place without having roommates. My purchases have always been around tech and learning (booooks) and the rest I’ve leaned on others. You don’t realize what you don’t have until after you start looking for your own place. (Oh right, I️ don’t have silverware… Oh right, I️ need a dining table). I don’t have everything, but that’s okay — I’m loving it. (All a part of the process.)

Last year, I️ had quite a few setbacks financially. It felt like I️ was getting roundhouse kicked in the teeth every week. I’m not 100% but I’m in a much better place than I️ was. 

As I’m laying here reflecting in silence on the day, I️ know that this was a good decision. We face many setbacks, but there’s always a way up from them. Be strong, lean on others, don’t be afraid to ask.

I️ going to make a vow to myself to focus more on improving my health (gut, physical, emotional, mental), friendships, wealth, love, creativity, and spirituality a little every day.

Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner

Related Wisdom:

Earl Nightingale“Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don’t wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future. Think how really precious is the time you have to spend, whether it’s at work or with your family. Every minute should be enjoyed and savored.”

Hippocrates: “Healing is a matter of time, but it is sometimes also a matter of opportunity.”

Henry David Thoreau: “Wealth is the ability to fully experience life.”

Jim Rohn: “Learning is the beginning of wealth. Learning is the beginning of health. Learning is the beginning of spirituality. Searching and learning is where the miracle process all begins.”