You Need to Practice Being Your Future Self

Awesome article by Peter Bregman:

https://hbr.org/2016/03/you-need-to-practice-being-your-future-self

“You need to spend time on the future even when there are more important things to do in the present and even when there is no immediately apparent return to your efforts. In other words — and this is the hard part — if you want to be productive, you need to spend time doing things that feel ridiculously unproductive.”

“Sometimes you need to be irresponsible with your current challenges in order to make real progress on your future self. You have to let the present just sit there, untended…”

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Choose Yourself!

Hey Folks.

I haven’t posted much lately. Honestly, I am not sure on the overall direction of this blog and I’m ok with that. I know that the blog title includes my name and so therefore it can be about things related to myself.

In the past it included reflections on the simple things in life and my experiences.

I do know that I love to help and encourage people and hopefully even inspire them to do good stuff. Life can be hard and anything we can do to lighten the load of another has to be a good thing.

With this in mind, I have decided to share things that I am finding useful or helpful on my own journey, or themes that come up that I hope you can take something from. I hope you enjoy following along.

Right now I’m reading and can recommend this really great book called Choose Yourself by James Altucher.

It is about choosing ourselves rather than waiting for someone to come by and choose us, for example, many authors are now self publishing books with great success. Seth Godin similarly tells us to pick ourselves.

It’s what I unknowingly did when I set up my own YouTube channel which now has over 11K subscribers and 1.5 million views and even earns me a little of what every entrepreneur ultimately dreams of; “passive income“. I tell you this not to brag, but because I know that the ideas in the book actually work because I have direct experience of doing this myself. More on how all of this happened in future posts. I basically chose myself to do something when I wasn’t getting “picked”.

Here is an overview of the book:

The world is changing. Markets have crashed. Jobs have disappeared. Industries have been disrupted and are being remade before our eyes. Everything we aspired to for “security,” everything we thought was “safe,” no longer is: College. Employment. Retirement. Government. It’s all crumbling down. In every part of society, the middlemen are being pushed out of the picture. No longer is someone coming to hire you, to invest in your company, to sign you, to pick you. It’s on you to make the most important decision in your life: Choose Yourself.

New tools and economic forces have emerged to make it possible for individuals to create art, make millions of dollars and change the world without “help.” More and more opportunities are rising out of the ashes of the broken system to generate real inward success (personal happiness and health) and outward success (fulfilling work and wealth).

This book will teach you to do just that. With dozens of case studies, interviews and examples–including the author, investor and entrepreneur James Altucher’s own heartbreaking and inspiring story–Choose Yourself illuminates your personal path to building a bright, new world out of the wreckage of the old.

You can get Choose Yourself on Amazon (Non affiliate link)

James will even refund you the cost of the book! Full details here.

Choose Yourself!

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– Emma

What I’m Reading

I am currently reading 102 Free Things to Do: Inspiring Things For a Better Life by Alex Quick.

My dear old Dad (as he refers to himself, to me he’s just my dear Dad!) told me about this book.

He has an uncanny knack of picking out books with amazing covers and amazing content to match.

We all go on at him about the number of books he has, but I secretly love his collection.

I certainly wasn’t looking for more things to do when he mentioned it to me, but it is a wonderful book.

It is full of simple little ideas that can really impact your life.

Some of my favourites include:

  • Ask a child for advice
  • Go out and look at the stars
  • Notice when things have improved

Accompanying each idea, which is just a page or two, is a small illustration. It adds additional life to the writing.

The one thing from this book that I am working on right now: “Give up craving for recognition (and be admired for it)”. More on this in Beyond The Surface.