Have you ever built a fire for the sake of building a fire? The kind of fire you want started quickly. You grab a few twigs and maybe throw in some leaves. But then it starts to fade so you scramble and throw in more leaves. Eventually, you toss a few thicker branches on top and hope they are dry enough to catch. These types of fires never seem to last long. They are more work than it’s worth to get started and keep burning for long.
These fires are a lot like certain side hustles. The type of business started quickly. Sell a few products or maybe land a couple of projects. The type of side hustle that is focused on turning a profit too early. Entrepreneurship is trendy. …
There are a lot of decisions to make every day. What to eat. What to wear. Financial decisions. How to prioritize your time. For me, I only seem to have so much “decision energy” for any given day. My will power runs out and I start to avoid decisions or make poor decisions later in the day. Apparently I am not the only one. The field of psychology has identified decision fatigue as a contributing factor in many poor decisions.
I have found a way to reduce the stress caused by decision making. I look for different ways to find single decisions that eliminate many future decisions. …
For as long as I can remember my family has owned two cars. One for my wife and one for me. We recently decided to get rid of my car. We are officially a one-car family. When making this decision, a lot of what-ifs tried to stop us.
What if our only car breaks down?
What if we both need to go somewhere important?
What if I have to return to the office?
What if there is an emergency and we need a vehicle right away?
These what-ifs are mostly emotionally driven. Fear based. Our mind running towards comfort — towards blending in with those around us. We were not going to get rid of a vehicle without addressing the what-ifs. …