Time to Re-evaluate — May 30, 2016

Time to Re-evaluate

I’m still addicted…

I can’t stop thinking about it…

How do you get over Fear?

(I hope you didn’t think I was going to talk about drugs ūüėČ )

Over the weekend¬†I finished reading Tina Seelig’s book,¬†What I Wish I knew When I Was 20.¬†A brief¬†background on¬†Tina, she is a Stanford Professor that teaches classes on creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship and also¬†the Executive Director of Stanford Technology Ventures Program. I wish I would have read her book before I went to college.

When I believe I’m doing the right thing, no one should¬†have to give me permission. I either make it¬†happen or I am stuck waiting for god knows how long for someone to give me the go ahead. This was my primary takeaway from her book. Tina also provides¬†short stories of how she challenges her students to see past failure and fear. Some of her exercises seemed strange at first, like the exercise to write down one good business idea and one bad one. She then takes all of the ideas and throws away the good ones and redistributes the bad ones and asks the students to turn them into great ideas.¬†You can guess what happens next.

Many of our ideas that we come up with may seem like bad ones and we don’t share them with anyone out of fear or rejection. A zen proverb states, “Man stands in his own shadow and wonders why it‚Äôs dark”. This quote resonates with me because I too am guilty of fear. After reading Tina’s book, I believe¬†as a future entrepreneur and innovator, there’s no room for fear. Watch this¬†How Bad Do You Want It¬†video and let me know if you¬†don’t feel like getting up tomorrow and making something happen.

I know if I keep grinding, somethings bound to happen. I know if I keep grinding, somethings going to click. I just can’t be scared to take that next step and neither should you.

Next post will be less serious lol. That video though… Man, that hit a nerve. It made me feel like I don’t know what hard work is. And then when I finished the book I felt like I haven’t been trying hard enough to go the extra mile. It’s awesome how words and videos can evoke these feelings.

Thanks for reading

Take it easy

 

You’ve got this, just keep going — May 29, 2016

You’ve got this, just keep going

All parents want their children to live a happy life. They try¬†to put us on what they believe is the correct path to success. They have the purest intentions to keep nudging us along and making sure we’re making the right choices and sticking to the plan. Except what if we don’t want what they want?

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We don’t need permission to go off and live the life we want. Of course getting advice is helpful, but no one knows what we want better than ourselves. It sucks when we have no idea what path we actually want to travel though¬†¬Į\_(„ÉĄ)_/¬Į¬†

The best way to find out is to try new things, get out there and experiment. For instance, I’ve been trying to find a new job and if you haven’t tried it yet, finding a job is a freaking job. It takes a lot of guts to put yourself out there, kind of like dating. You put on your best outfit (resume), you go to the social gathering (job boards), and you start hitting on every good looking person you can (job descriptions). Let me tell you right now… That shit ain’t a walk in the park. You get denied, rejected, and sometimes flat out ignored. But it teaches you resilience.

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Life isn’t easy, it’s full of hard lessons. But as I’ve learned, if you want something, go and get it. Keep chipping away at your lofty goals. Being resilient, in my opinion, is one of the greatest abilities to have. You’ll develop it early but will often overlook it. Everyone has the capability to push themselves through tough circumstances if they want the desired outcome bad enough.

I believe when we find the challenges that we are so motivated to overcome, thats our signal. The signal that we found what we are passionate about. My girlfriend is currently grinding out class after class, accumulating direct patient hours, and doing everything she can to become a Physician Assistant. She has been so inspiring through the ups and downs and how she has overcome the worst of lows. She’s a woman on a mission and nothing is going to stop her. Her effort will result in her getting into the program she wants.

Sometimes the inspiration of others builds a fire within us to get us going. The best part, it’s just the start of many of our adventures and we have so much to prove. I look forward to proving to myself that I can do anything I can put my mind to. Especially if I want it bad enough and so can you.

Thanks for reading.

Take it easy

 

“You’re a kite dancing in a hurricane” — May 3, 2016

“You’re a kite dancing in a hurricane”

 

I just started a new routine where I walk around my neighborhood after work for about 20 minutes. In those 20 minutes, it’s very peaceful and everything is quiet. I get to escape reality for a bit. It makes me wonder where my head is at the rest of the day. Is it working hard or hardly working? Our minds are so complex and unique that I would assume it will take another lifetime before we figure them out. If we ever do…

What are you curious about? Do you pursue the answers to your questions? Curiosity has made me question the way people approach and solve problems. The way people view others and their interactions with them. What makes people tick? What gets you excited or nervous?

I have so many questions and I know you do too.

Our experiences give us answers to some questions, but what if we never get to experience what others have already? Read a freaking book… or go on the website quora and ask the question that has been idle in your brain. Someone might know the answer or know where to direct¬†you to the answer that you seek. I strongly believe we need to read more. The stories that are out there give us a peak into someone’s mind and experiences. But sometimes you just feel like no one gets you. Right now, my mind is in chaos.

I feel as though I am being pulled in all directions. If you are in your 20’s or have already been through them, it’s easy to relate. Is your career what you want it to be? Do you constantly compare yourself to your friends and peers? It is rather difficult to know what we want in life, especially at a young age. We overthink things and get caught up with mundane conversations with ourselves about the future.

And where have I been going with all of this? When I feel like shit is hitting the fan, going for a 20 minute walk puts the chaos on hold. So I challenge you to find something you enjoy doing. Find something that allows you to just day dream for a bit. Find something that stirs your curiosity in a direction other than serious life decisions.

Try going for a walk tomorrow.

 

Take it easy and thanks for reading