Day #711:Don’t be surprised if your dreams don’t ever come true!

You keep going to a job you hate, doing work that doesn’t interest you and working towards a career that you are not even remotely passionate about!

You keep spending money you don’t have on things you don’t really want or care for and wonder why you are in the position you are currently in!
You have a lazy attitude when it comes to your health and you keep over eating and only exercise when you need to squeeze into that dress for someone’s wedding…then you wonder why you don’t have the energy to work on your dreams, goals and yourself!
You are more interested in being entertained than learning, growing & developing as a person so you waste your time playing candy crush and watching the latest TV series at night rather than reading books that will change your life or working on your blue print for success, joy and fulfilment!
Please Don’t be surprised or disappointed if your dreams don’t ever come true!
They simply can’t come true because you keep doing the same things that everyone else does and you think for some strange reason the outcome of your life will be different….I’m here to tell you it won’t be different if you keep following everyone else and Keep doing what you have been doing up to this point in your life!
Unless you can start to think differently and change yourself and your life your dreams are unlikely to ever come true…..It is up to you to change yourself and your actions, habits, attitude, beliefs and values so that you can create the life and results you want!

 

Day #710:’Wait and Hope.”

“There is neither happiness nor misery in the world; there is only the comparison of one state with another, nothing more. He who has felt the deepest grief is best able to experience supreme happiness. We must have felt what it is to die, Morrel, that we may appreciate the enjoyments of life.
” Live, then, and be happy, beloved children of my heart, and never forget, that until the day God will deign to reveal the future to man, all human wisdom is contained in these two words, ‘Wait and Hope.”
Alexandre Dumas

Day #709:Tim Cook’s Advise to the Class of 2015

After founder and visionary Steve Jobs passed away, Tim Cook took the reins of Apple in 2011. As the CEO of one of the most powerful and influential companies in the world, Cook knows a thing or two about running a business. However in addition to his business acumen, Cook is an avid supporter of social issues, from making Apple more eco-friendlyto increasing workplace diversity. These are just some of the reasons why Cook was invited to give the 2015 commencement speech at George Washington University in addition to receiving an honorary doctorate for public service.

In a very open and rousing graduation speech, Cook relates his experiences of growing up in the segregated south, and how at a young age he had to differentiate between right and wrong. He shares how he got started at Apple, driving home the point that succeeding at work doesn’t mean having to compromise on your personal values. The 21-minute speech is chock full of sage advice and inspiration, and places a strong emphasis on the importance of integrating your values into your professional life.

Watch the full speech here:

Day #708:What Bill Gates Thinks You Should Read This Summer

Every year, Bill Gates posts a summer reading list, arguably more interesting than whatever you have on your reading list. If you want to know what one of the most successful businessmen and innovators thinks is important to learn about this year, check it out here. Below I’ve picked out a few highlights.

1.On Immunity, by Eula Biss

Vaccines and the unfortunate anti-vaccination movement have been in the news a lot this year. The Gates Foundation also does a lot of work to deliver vaccines and increase vaccine access in poorer countries around the world. So it’s not surprising to see this book on his shelf. In it, Biss examines the roots of people’s fear of vaccinating their children. She firmly concurs with the scientifically-supported conclusion that vaccines are safe and effective. But she also empathizes with parents who have understandably grown skeptical of pharmaceutical companies and the government.

2.Should We Eat Meat?, Vaclav Smil

There is perhaps no greater threat to humanity than climate change. And one of the biggest contributors is raising animals for human consumption—specifically the amount of land needed to grow food that feeds them. The Gates Foundation actually promotes eating more meat to improve the diet of children in Africa, so it’s somewhat surprising and refreshing to see Should We Eat Meat? on Gates’s list. Ultimately, Gates says he doesn’t believe that we can expect a huge number of people to go vegetarian to save the environment and instead we should look toward lab-grown meat as the solution.

The Magic of Reality, Richard Dawkins

Naturally, Gates has a healthy appetite for science books. There are two scientific explainers on his list, both very different. Gates chose Dawkins because he believe it offers “compelling answers to big questions, like ‘how did the universe form?’ and ‘what causes earthquakes?’.” He says that Dawkins is often too “overzealous” in his criticisms of religion, but that he is nonetheless a great scientific explainer.

What If?, Randall Munroe

Munroe is the creator of the popular XKCD webcomic, and this book started as a weekly spin-off of his comic. In the book, Munroe takes absurd hypothetical questions like “What would happen if everybody on Earth stood next to each other and jumped at the same time?” and provides accurate and humorous scientific answers.

Day #707:Seneca on Fear and Hope

“Limiting one’s desires actually helps to cure one of fear. ‘Cease to hope … and you will cease to fear.’ … Widely different [as fear and hope] are, the two of them march in unison like a prisoner and the escort he is handcuffed to. Fear keeps pace with hope … both belong to a mind in suspense, to a mind in a state of anxiety through looking into the future. Both are mainly due to projecting our thoughts far ahead of us instead of adapting ourselves to the present.Withdraw into yourself, as far as you can. Associate with those who will make a better man of you. Welcome those whom you yourself can improve. The process is mutual; for men learn while they teach.” ”

Day #706:But do you want to get better?

It seems like a stupid question. Of course we want our organization, our work and our health to improve.

But often, we don’t.

Better means change and change means risk and risk means fear.

So the organization is filled with people who have been punished when they try to make things better, because the boss is afraid.

And so the patient gets the prescription but doesn’t actually take all the meds.

And the bureaucrat feigns helplessness because it’s easier to shrug than it is to care.

There are countless ways to listen, to engage with users, to learn and to improve, but before you or your organization waste time on any of them, first the question must be answered, “do we want to get better?”

Really? We can tell.

Taken from Seth’s blog

Day #705:What makes a hero?

Joseph Campbell’s book, The Hero With a Thousand Faces is one of the most important works in understanding the concept of ‘the hero’ in ancient mythology and how this relates to our daily life as individuals.  In this book, Campbell, explains the concept of the  Hero’s journey which forms the foundation of stories we read today in books or watch in movies. This archetype described by Campbell not only helps us understand the heros we have come to love in books and movie, but also gives us a clear guide into understanding our personal journey as human beings and how we are the hero of our own journey.

This wonderful short animation from TED Ed presents a synthesis of Campbell’s foundational framework for the eleven stages of the hero’s quest — from the call to adventure to the crisis to the moment of return and transformation — illustrating its timeless potency in illuminating the inner workings of so many of our modern myths and the real-life heroes we’ve come to worship:

But perhaps Campbell’s most important and enduring point from the book has to do not with the mechanics of the hero’s journey but with the very purpose of hero-myths in human life. He writes in the opening chapter:

It has always been the prime function of mythology and rite to supply the symbols that carry the human spirit forward, in counteraction to those that tend to tie it back. In fact, it may very well be that the very high incidence of neuroticism among ourselves follows the decline among us of such effective spiritual aid.

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The first work of the hero is to retreat from the world scene of secondary effects to those causal zones of the psyche where the difficulties really reside, and there to clarify the difficulties, eradicate them in his own case (i.e., give battle to the nursery demons of his local culture) and break through to the undistorted, direct experience and assimilation of what [Carl] Jung called “the archetypal images.”