I’m obsessed with money, because I’m good at it and because it’s tangible. I can easily quantify it, and measure my accomplishments. Because of this, it’s become a vice that I turn to when I want to distract myself from the things I find difficult. Having an increased awareness of this behavior helps me redirect my energy to what matters most.
There is a widespread narrative around passion and courage when it comes to finding fulfilling work. We are told to find our passions, and courageously pursue them. We are then told that if we are stuck, we simply aren’t looking hard enough. Or maybe we aren’t summoning enough courage to take a leap.
This leads to an unsettled state of anxiety around our careers; we are always looking for the thing that will fulfill us. Or we are busy wondering why we don’t have the courage to go after it.
Cal Newport disagrees with the messaging around passion and courage. Yes, passion is important – but it’s a side effect of good work, rather than a precursor to it. Courage, too, is important – but it shouldn’t be deployed prior to building a strong foundation from which to take a leap.
These are the overarching viewpoints within So Good They Can’t Ignore You, which I read and loved. Inside is a detailed summary of the powerful lessons and ideas in the book.
The Social Security website provides quick and easy access to a record of your lifetime earnings. This information provides valuable insights into your overall financial health, and can serve as a valuable planning tool.
What’s life like six months into my first mini-retirement? There’s been lots of accomplishments and achievements, but also lots of challenges and struggles. In this post I dig deep into what I’ve been up to, what’s been working and not working, and where I’m headed in the coming months.
Prioritizing personal development and education will help you get where you want to go. But there are so many choices available, and it can be expensive. How can you plan effectively so that you invest in products and services that will help you, while remaining within a reasonable budget? In this article, I discuss how I go about planning my own personal development and education initiatives.