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To Be

«Rich Fernandez, former director of executive education at Google, recently wrote an article where he lays out eight simple questions to help put us in touch with our inner-selves, in a way that can open our minds to help us find the kind of work we enjoy.

Rich says…

727555B8-1823-4736-AE27-A57F0F132569“Most of us think too much about what we should do and not enough about what we should be,” said the fourteenth-century mystic Meister Eckhart. “If we would pay more attention to what we should be, our work would shine forth brightly.”

How true.

What if instead of simply creating “To Do” lists for ourselves, we also create “To Be” lists of what we aspire to be in our working lives and beyond?

I invite you to experiment with a “To Be” list. Here are some prompts to get you started:

– How would I like each day to unfold?
– What would I like to be focusing my energy and attention on, if I had any choice available to me?
– What makes me experience joy?
– What energizes me?
– What makes me feel balance? Integration?
– What state of mind would I like to be in while I work?
– What other aspects of my life do I wish to be paying more attention to?
– By the end of my life, what kind of person do I wish to be?

The answers that emerge from questions like these can influence and direct your work, ultimately allowing you to thrive in that work because you are following your own life’s energy, instead of opposing it, fighting it or suppressing it. By placing attention on what it means to be fully aligned, fully yourself, and fully present in your work, you are able to give your best to your work, to yourself, and to the world.”

Rich Fernandez»

I took this excerpt from this great article How To Do What You Love For A Living Instead Of Some Shit That Sucks

PS – this video goes well with this post:

the mexican fisherman story

I never forgot this, since the day I read it for the first time :)

The businessman was at the pier of a small coastal Mexican village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked. Inside the small boat were several large yellowfin tuna. The businessman complimented the Mexican on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took to catch them. The Mexican replied only a little while.

The businessman then asked why he didn’t stay out longer and catch more fish? The Mexican said he had enough to support his family’s immediate needs. The businessman then asked, but what do you do with the rest of your time? The Mexican fisherman said, “I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, take a siesta with my wife, Maria, stroll into the village each evening where I sip wine and play guitar with my amigos; I have a full and busy life, señor.”

The businessman scoffed, “I am a Harvard MBA and I could help you. You should spend more time fishing and with the proceeds buy a bigger boat. With the proceeds from the bigger boat you could buy several boats; eventually you would have a fleet of fishing boats. Instead of selling your catch to a middleman, you would sell directly to the processor and eventually open your own cannery. You would control the product, processing and distribution. You would need to leave this small coastal fishing village and move to Mexico City, then LA and eventually New York City where you would run your expanding enterprise.

The Mexican fisherman asked, “But señor, how long will this all take?” To which the businessman replied, “15-20 years.” “But what then, señor?” The businessman laughed and said, “That’s the best part! When the time is right you would announce an IPO and sell your company stock to the public and become very rich. You would make millions.” “Millions, señor? Then what?” The businessman said, “Then you would retire. Move to a small coastal fishing village where you would sleep late, fish a little, play with your kids, take a siesta with your wife, stroll to the village in the evenings where you could sip wine and play your guitar with your amigos.”

The fisherman, still smiling, looked up and said, “Isn’t that what I’m doing right now?”

-Author Unknown

Fake universal laws of businesses

I recently bumped into “ReWork” by Jason Fried & David Hansson, of 37signals fame. Couldn’t avoid putting it in the same bag as Tim Ferris’ “The 4-hour work week”. Somehow it seems people are creating universal laws for businesses out of thin-air! Excuse me, but it’s really annoying me.

If you were to sell your books saying “Hey guys, if you have my life, my principles or motivations, my conditions, my opportunities, my network, my funds, my luck(?), take this and apply it, and you’ll have my success too”, I’d be happy! Heck, you could just even say “Hey guys, this worked for me, why don’t you try it and see what valuable information you can find out in it?”. But no, to sell books we have to state that we just found out some new revolutionary, ground-breaking, cloud-departing ways to make businesses. Really, I can’t seem to find much difference between this and some online “scams” which also state to have found the holy-grail for your success. It’s just that finding a publisher and putting your words on paper makes it look more valuable.

Honestly, I find great value in both of these books. There are some things which can really help to make you happier/healthier/wealthier or more productive. It’s just that making universal laws out of stuff which is so variable from person to person, culture to culture, and so specific to a huge amount of factors doesn’t resonate with me.

Please do share your experiences! Please do share your knowledge and advices! It will always be valuable for something for someone… just don’t make a universal law out of it.