It is going to be a new year and it is time to shake off the dust and debrisThe new year is here and I have decided to focus in on six things in 2012.
I call them a plan, as I think it gives a more definite feel to them than resolutions, and I plan on tracking as I go.
The six are;
1. Learn to type fast. I can type, but it isn't pretty, and it is one of the three things everyone should know. ( The three things are typing, at least two languages, and entrepreneur/ accounting.) I really need to improve. I have much to do with little time and typing like a caveman is nether very skilled or helpful.
2. Learn a language. I have dabbled, but this year I go and do it. I want to read some authors in their native language, I just have a feeling I am missing a lot in the translation. The two languages I want to learn is Japanese (Haruki Murakami) and French (Albert Camus). French is the one in 2012. I want to read Camus' essays in French this year.
3. Fitness - fell out of shape in the last 6 months with the chaos around me. Need to get the discipline back. I will start training and watching what I eat. Thinking of learning Krav Maga.
4.I want to learn a new cooking skill. I can do Italian, Mexican, and a little Asian, but need to widen it out.
5. Write 50,000 words. I want a book. It is in me, I know what it is, and needs to get out.
6. Start a business on the side that will teach me some more online techniques and make at least a $1,000 in 2012. No more studying, now you do.
Each of these will make me better at what I do, and we all want to be better.
I feel you need to put it down, make yourself accountable.
“I would stand and look out over the roofs of Paris and think, "Do not worry. You have always written before and you will write now. All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know.”
“You belong to me and all Paris belongs to me and I belong to this notebook and this pencil.”
“I did not care what it was all about. All I wanted to know was how to live in it. Maybe if you found out how to live in it you learned from that what is was all about.”
“There is nothing else than now. There is neither yesterday, certainly, nor is there any tomorrow. How old must you be before you know that? There is only now, and if now is only two days, then two days is your life and everything in it will be in proportion. This is how you live a life in two days. And if you stop complaining and asking for what you never will get, you will have a good life. A good life is not measured by any biblical span.”
― Ernest Hemingway
Sitting outside on the patio, looking at the trees around me, each tree seemingly twisting towards the California sun.
I have my old black sweatshirt on,my hood over my head against the morning chill, drinking yerba mate tea, eating some whole wheat scones I made, and reading and reading and then thinking.
I read several books at a time, and at first I thought it showed a lack of discipline, that I couldn't focus, but I have come to learn over time that the way I read balances and keeps my mind and focus fresh. People find it odd, but it works the best for me.
I average 4 to 6 books a month, and so I combine then, as studies have shown that you can study for about 30 to 40 minutes, and then you need to take a break, and I use that concept in my reading plan.
I read usually four books at a time, and right now I am reading;
One fiction book ( I am reading Haruki Murakaim's 1Q84 - he is one of my favorites)
One nonfiction book ( usually science or business, right now I am reading Uncertainity by Jonathan Fields)
One health/ brain nonfiction book ( I rereading the four hour body by Tim Ferriss)
And usually one biography ( Just finished Steve Jobs by Issacson and I am deep in a biography of Voltaire right now. Voltaire was quite the entrepreneur)
I am also reading a fifth book that I find interesting called Lean Six Sigma for Supply Chain, which is a pretty good book on the subject. I am studying for a new job.
I find by changing between books as my focus lags allows me to reset my concentration and keep reading.
The world would be a much better place if we all read history books, as we would make much less of the same mistakes that plague us today if we read of the mistakes of others before us..
“Be like water making its way through cracks.
Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object, and you shall find a way around or through it. If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves.
Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water.
If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot.
Now, water can flow or it can crash.
Be water, my friend.”
― Bruce Lee
The rules of the race have changed, because we now live in a CHANGED WORLD that definitely favors the masses
Never, in the history of America has there been so great an opportunity for practical dreamers as now exists. The six year economic collapse has reduced all men, substantially, to the same level. A new race is about to be run. The stakes represent huge fortunes which will be accumulated within the next ten years. The rules of the race have changed, because we now live in a CHANGED WORLD that definitely favors the masses, those who had but little or no opportunity to win under the conditions existing during the depression, when fear paralyzed growth and development.
There is one quality which one must possess to win, and that is DEFINITENESS OF PURPOSE, the knowledge of what one wants, and a burning DESIRE to possess it.
Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
“We all are learning, modifying, or destroying ideas all the time. Rapid destruction of your ideas when the time is right is one of the most valuable qualities you can acquire. You must force yourself to consider arguments on the other side.
— Charles T. Munger”
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