Two big steps forward

While I it may seem that I have gotten off track from my block posts from my stated objectives, there has been a lot of other personal progress made, some of which I will share in this post, as well as a couple of critical thoughts and experiences that are seminal.

The daily routine has made such a remarkable difference in my daily life and mood — like an alcoholic, working the steps leads us to a better and happier place. Writing, reading, exercise, CBT, flipping negative thoughts into positive ones, accepting mistakes and moving forward, and so on. But they can all be very small (read manageable) on their own. I started doing yoga this week. I had wanted to do it for a while, knowing it could be a great workout while being easier on my knees and joints than running for an equal time. Plus, with my daily objective of writing gratitudes or meditating and exercising, I let myself count yoga as accomplishing both of these. It is addicting — I’m breaking a sweat, stretching, relaxing, and focusing.

Next, I am in the middle of a terrific value investing book (Education of a Value Investor) as well as one about networking and connecting with people (Never Eat Alone). It is much more of a narrative about investing and experiences than a how to, which is my favorite genre. The one concept that overlapped was how important relationships are — how to develop them, how to develop bonds, and how good fortune often comes from the generosity and relationships you foster with others — not selfishness.

Secondly, Guy Spier quoted Warren Buffett, that ‘the most important decision we make in our lives, is who we marry’. It isn’t where we live, which stocks we buy, where we go to school or work. It is the selection of a partner. And Warren attributes much of his success to Susan (his wife). She supported him, they understood each other, even when their lives diverged, and he has said ‘he would never have gotten to where he is today without her’. This train of thought is still hard for me, as I am still filled with regret for not having moved forward with my ex-girlfriend, but am doing my best on a daily basis to accept this truth.

Lastly, I just watched the most inspiring documentary: Slingshot, about Dean Kamen. It takes you through his life — he invented the Segway, the Coke Freestyle, healthcare appliances, and promotes education and science to kids — and his most significant endeavor is a solution to the global water crisis. Beyond that, Dean’s generosity, intelligence, wisdom, humility, and character is unmatched. It will inspire you. And if it gets you to be a little bit smarter and even better, to try to help others and follow his example, the impact could be extraordinary.