359 — Mindset (VI)

I guess this week has been a week of reinventions. After neglecting my health for almost a year, sleeping 4–5 hours on average per day for over 6 months and eating too much sugar, too much processed food, too much crap… my body hit the hard breaks. I won’t get into the details of how it happened but I hope I won’t put myself in the same situation ever again. If I want to last as a high-performance entrepreneur striving to reach full potential over the years, I need to find mechanisms to balance the rhythm, the outcomes and the processes. This exercise of writing has not only helped me start pausing more throughout the day but has allowed me to bring clarity to everything I am undertaking — from my professional to my personal life, and hopefully I am bringing some light to my readers or the people who randomly come across these blog posts (including future selves).

What does it mean to be bold? There is a super inspiring TED talk by Steve Jobs back in 2005 in which he explains how, as human beings, we have little time to be doing things we don’t love. You can watch it here. I read Jobs’ biography by Isaacson a few years and I became curious about two books he read when he was younger: one is called Be Here Now and the other one is called The Autobiography of a Yogi. I read both books and during the same time I remember being working at a hedge fund in Chicago. I was not happy even thou I was surrounded by MBA students who, like me, had just “crushed” another milestone in their careers. I was 23 and had just started learning how to code after completing one on-site coding bootcamp in the windy city and after spending 9 months as an intern at a private equity firm in New York City right off college. Life is what you make out of it and although I could not complain at the time, the early death of my brother a few years back kept reminding me how ephemeral life is and how important it was to feel aligned with what was keeping me up at night. I am not sure if it was a coincidence I learned about a fund manager called David Druz who was offering a Yoga Course to enthusiasts. As a requirement to participate in the retreat, he was suggesting to read a book called The Autobiography of a Yogi. Serendipity? I am not sure and perhaps I am over analysing the situaion but something similar had happened when I met Christopher Garner personally (from The Pursuit of Happiness) a few months back.

Anyhow, if you have not read the book give yourself a chance to do so. Whether you decide to become an entrepreneur, a trader, a software developer, a software designer, an athlete or all of the above (or none of those), being bold means searching inside yourself and truly listening to what makes you happy (or at least what you think makes you happy). And after understanding what that is, boldness means going all-in for it, embracing fears, uncertainties and what is always constant — change.

Mindset pillars: a sense of urgency, a sense of purpose, a vision, awareness, creativity, boldness.