I’m going to start out by saying that this is a total first world problem. Consider yourself forewarned.


Whatever it is, it’s never easy.


A child.

A spouse.

Your retirement.


Wait… Data?

Yes. Data.

Or roughly about eight months of your history in Apple Health.

The first world-ism is about to get worse. I promise.

You see, this week I got the new Apple Watch. There was nothing wrong at all with my series 3, but I’d been toying with the idea of getting the LTE version. …

Success comes not in doing the things that you want to do, but in doing the things that you don’t want to do.

Boy, isn’t that the truth.

If your goal is to get fit, then success won’t be found in sitting on the couch watching Netflix. That run that you don’t want to go on? That’s where you’ll find success.

That gym you haven’t been to in months? You guessed it. Success.

Doing the things you want to do will get you exactly where you’re at now. Because that’s what you’ve followed until now. You’ve done what you’ve wanted…

This is an intensely personal post that I wrote in my journal the other day. It makes a bit of sense if you watch the video here first. I’ve decided to post it here, raw and unedited, because maybe it can bring value to others.

This morning, the sun rose on the world. Again. Just like it does every day.

Yesterday wasn’t the greatest. The whole weekend wasn’t. And yet, it’s just as impermanent as everything else.

If I continue to be down and hard on myself, it’s my choice. Yesterday is gone. It’s dead. It passed away, like the…

Alright, so it’s not the most fun thing in the world to think about — dying, that is. And yet, I’ve mentioned before how it’s actually a good practice.

You’ve heard of the proverbial “bucket list,” and I guess I thought one up for myself the other day. It’s not very long, nor is it very broad. But, it’s mine. I’ll share it with you now, but I’m also curious what you have on your list.

  • Build, and then sell a business for over $1MM
  • Visit all 50 states
  • Visit a country that nobody would advise going to (Iran, Syria…

Do you know what the most important choice you can make in life is?

Is it where you’ll go to school?

Where you’ll work and build a career?

Whom you’ll marry and build a family with?

While all of these are certainly important choices, none of them can qualify as the most important choice.

So, what is then the most important choice you can make in life?

The most important choice you can make in life is who you will become.

Note that I’m not talking about what you’ll do as a career. Or a hobby.

Who will you become…

If opportunity isn’t knocking, then perhaps you need to build a door.

In the world that we know, who do you think the wealthy are?

Are they consumers, or are they producers?

There are most definitely producers. That should be a big clue as to what we should be looking at doing.

“But I don’t want to be Jeff Bezos. Or Bill Gates. Or Warren Buffett. I don’t need billions of dollars.”

That’s fine. Not everybody needs to be a billionaire.

But wouldn’t it be nice to write your own paycheck?

Wouldn’t it be nice to get up in the morning and not trudge to an office owned by somebody else?


This picture is snapped from a page in Ajahn Brahm’s book Who Ordered This Truckload of Dung? It’s a great book, pick it up and read it. You won’t regret it.

Think about it for a moment — what do we really have to be afraid of?

Most of what we call fear is manufactured in our heads.

We’re generally afraid of things that haven’t happened yet. Of things that may, and likely will never happen.

Isn’t that silly?

Of course it is. It’s easy to say it’s silly while sitting comfortably in your chair reading these words.

It’s not…

Here’s an animated book review of Robert Kiyosaki’s Rich Dad, Poor Dad that gives you an idea of how to go about getting rich.

Go ahead and pick up a copy of the book. It’s a pretty good read.

Today was an overall good day, with lots of learning.

First I attended a workshop on WordPress put on by a local gentleman named Mike Bitter in conjunction with the Omaha SCORE chapter and the SBA. I’ll honestly say there wasn’t a whole lot I didn’t already know, but overall I thought Mike did a great job presenting the information and keeping the audience engaged.

I then attended the presentation given at PayPal in conjunction with HDI Nebraska, where we heard about the challenges they overcame in the mobile device management arena. Great content here delivered by a great presenter in Brian Mutum.

Quite a fun filled day I’ll day. What was your day like?

Aaron Graves

Hi, I’m Aaron Graves — Voluntaryist, Entrepreneur, Writer, Hobbyist Programmer, and PhDude. Visit http://ajgraves.com for more!

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