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“The moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too.”
-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

How many of you thought I wasn’t going to meet my stated goal of 8 posts this month?

I’m sure there were at least a handful of you. This month presented a good opportunity to write about this topic, a time when I would be stretched so thin that I might actually fail and have every excuse to do so. But there are no excuses. It does not matter that I got sick twice this month, that I had to host 2 friends in my apartment from out-of-state, that I was doing continuing education, or going to a Tony Robbins seminar, that I was working more than I’ve ever worked in my entire life. When you decide on a personal standard, you must commit to it, no matter what. No exceptions. There is not a human being on this earth who has ever done anything of note without setting a personal standard and committing to it.

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I was at the “Unleash the Power Within” event last week, and it was outstanding. Rather than regurgitate the syllabus which would be unfair to Tony Robbins, I’m going to write about the incidental lessons that I learned.

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Age of the Polymath

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“A man can do all things if he will.”
-Leon Battista Alberti

For better or worse, the world is heading towards increased globalization. A global marketplace means more competition among employers to create better products at cheaper costs. A global workforce means more competition among employees for the same jobs. I am not an economist, but I do know that when there is more competition, you have to make yourself more competitive in order to stand out. This could mean going back to school, entering a new field, or even just learning a new skill within the field in which you already work.

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What goes on in your head when you don’t do the right thing?

I’ve been asking myself this question whenever I’ve failed to act in accordance with my stated goals. You know what you should do, I tell myself, but you don’t always do it. I know you, reader, have been through the same thing, because we are human, and by our nature we are imperfect.

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How was your childhood?

Did you grow up poor?

Were you picked on?

Were you bullied?

Did inconceivable events transpire?

Were unspeakable words spoken?

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Parthenon

Deadlines.

Promises.

Work, projects, and obligations.

Fear of loneliness.
Fear of failure.
Fear of success.

Never enough money in the bank. Never enough hours in the day. Never feel like enough, even if you already are.

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The 80/20 Principle

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The past 2 weeks, due to a confluence of various factors, have been hectic for me. I have had to eat dinner at 11pm on a few nights each week and work out at 2am on at least a couple of nights. Obviously I know that doing this along with the consequent sleep deprivation is not the healthiest thing to do to my body, but I do so to maintain consistency in my evening ritual. The upshot has been a constant search for better time-management strategies.

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