I’ve been rereading the book “Grit” by Angela Duckworth again for work – you may have heard of her VERY famous Ted Talk on this topic (if you haven’t watched it, you should – it’s brilliant). I love this book, as it helps me acknowledge the areas of life that I’m very ‘gritty’ in, and the other areas where I tend to give up WAY too quickly…it’s a helpful reminder of the need to balance things out within me. She writes about a strategy used by Warren Buffett (yes, THEY Warren Buffett) to identify career goals: 1) Write down a list of 25 career goals. 2) Do some soul-searching and circle the give highest-priority goals – only five. 3)Take a good hard look at the 20 goals you didn’t circle – these you avoid at all costs, as these are the things that distract you, they eat away time and energy, taking your eye from the goals that matter more.
I read this plan over and over, and marveled at having 25 career goals in the first place! Yet, when I started jotting down my own list, I had to stop myself somewhere in the mid-30s…apparently there’s a lot I hope to accomplish in my life. The hard part for me is picking just five to focus on….I can’t seem to get past this step, which is likely why I have yet to accomplish all I strive to do. I’ve too many irons in the fire, and too many things on the go – the way to success is to narrow down the focus….I’ve just got to figure out how to do it.
I bought a new-to-me/used car last week – I got a 2016 Prius C, she’s tiny and I love her with all of my heart…I think her name is going to be Edna Eloise. She’s perfect for me, and I’m super-happy with her! 😊I’ve been listening to audiobooks while driving this week (haven’t got my Sirius transferred over yet) – first up has been “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck” by Mark Manson, and, humor aside, this book is full of majorly sound advice. I LOVE it. (**I’m listening through Scribd, a great book app that I am LOVING – if you haven’t checked it out, you should…it’s great!) It’s a great reminder not to sweat the little things, to let shit go when it doesn’t serve you, and to focus instead on the things you love and that matter. It’s a great book, and I highly recommend it – actually, I recommend both books I’ve talked about today. They seem to be contradictory (one is preaching passion and persistence, while the other is advising you to let more things go and maybe not try as hard), but both have an important lesson within them: figure out your passion, and persist until you get what you want…but don’t get distracted by the extraneous things around you. LOVE that message! 😊
What’s your passion, my friends?