More than one purpose

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Really love this thinking from James Altucher. Another inspirational writer, Jeff Goins, calls it the “portfolio lifestyle”. What they mean is: don’t stress. You don’t need to settle for just one career. Keep growing and stay creative and things will happen.

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Sports as Inspiration for Attitude

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Rafael Nadal has tons of the right attitude to succeed.

I’ve been playing sports and competing in one form or other since I was a little boy. It’s tougher now to stay fit and keep a consistent training schedule with a full-time job and family. But I can take some of the things I’ve learned from sport into my daily life and career.

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Being in the now

I’ve previously written some posts on how easy it is to lose your focus when there are thousands of things trying to grab your attention: Adapting to the increasing speed of change and Rambling on patience, blogs and the meaning of life, but it seems like a topic I keep coming back to.

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Stuff vs Experiences

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There is nothing better to open up your senses and relax your mind than traveling. Thankfully, Lenah and I are aligned when it comes to where we spend our hard-earned money. We have decided not buy property (can’t really afford it) and lots of stuff. Instead we’re focusing on eating and drinking well, traveling and enjoying life to the max. Because what good is buying lots of stuff really? In fact, we don’t even own a car, we rent one when we need it. It’s cost- and environmentally friendly.

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Life: Treat it with care.

My day started with stumbling upon this brilliant post on a life in advertising by the former Saatchi & Saatchi and BBDO art director Linds Redding, an article where he sounded disillusioned by all the energy he had wasted on the advertising life and put it into words that packed enough punch to spin you around on your office chair and see things from another angle. A new perspective.

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Teachings by Dalai Lama – 20 ways to get good karma

Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.

When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.
Follow the three R’s:
– Respect for self,
– Respect for others and
– Responsibility for all your actions.
Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.
Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.
Don’t let a little dispute injure a great relationship.
When you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.
Spend some time alone every day.
Open your arms to change, but don’t let go of your values.
Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and
think back, you’ll be able to enjoy it a second time.
A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life.
In disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the current situation. Don’t bring up the past.
Share your knowledge. It is a way to achieve immortality.
Be gentle with the earth.
Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.
Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.
Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.
If you want others to be happy, practice compassion.
If you want to be happy, practice compassion.

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Adapting to the increasing speed of change

Man, life moves fast these days. Swish, swish and it’s over.

Okay, let’s not get too negative, because I want this to be an upbeat post. What I’ve been thinking about a lot lately is the pace of our lives. Slap, boom, bang and we’re retired.

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The Inner Game Philosophy

I’ve been reading this excellent book on tennis called The Inner Game of Tennis and I think it could apply to many things and not only different sports. It’s about reaching what many sports enthusiast call “the zone” through finding a term that author Timothy Galway call relaxed concentration.

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The Secret of Success

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…is hard work. Were you expecting something else? I can understand if you did, we all want shortcuts or secrets or easy ways to transform our life into something bigger and better. That’s why we read self-help books right?

I’m not saying you read self-help books (but you read this blog, which is a good start!), but I do, not always expecting life-changing advice as I’m generally quite happy with my life, but to see if there’s some little tidbit or gem of information to sift out. Some of the books contain a lot of good stuff and some are better off as toilet paper. Actually, they’re not good for that either, you might get a rash.

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