In 1994, Michael Jordan, the greatest basketball player of all time, retired from the Chicago Bulls and tried to pursue a professional baseball career. Some say Michael was paying tribute to his father, who used to be a semi-pro baseball player and loved the game immensely.
From the start, everyone criticized Jordan’s baseball skills. His swings weren’t particularly good, and he was a slow runner in baseball terms.
The funny thing is that Michael Jordan’s first sport was baseball. …
“Oh man, it’s so hard to succeed in life. You need to sacrifice so much for it!”
That’s something you often hear. I agree with the first part. It’s very hard to achieve a worthy goal in life. We all know that good things don’t come easy.
But if you feel like you need to make a sacrifice to be successful, why even go after it? Is it really worth it? When I was still beginning my journey in self-improvement, I thought it was ALL about making sacrifices. I thought stuff like:
Imagine that your life is like a wheel with six spokes. A wheel will keep moving if one of your spokes is broken or missing. But if multiple spokes are not working, your wheel will collapse.
To live an optimal life, you need to make sure all your spokes are tight. With a functional wheel, you’ll be able to move forward smoothly. In contrast, if your spokes aren’t tight, you might risk a bump in the wheel, which will make it hard to move.
I call this Six Spokes Theory. For most of us, this is the best way to look at life. …
Any physical impairment has an impact on your mood, energy, and productivity. I’ve had lower back issues since I was 15 years old. And it haunted me many years through college, grad school, and my career after that.
Ever since it started, I was conditioned to go to physical therapists and chiropractors. The cycle was always the same. I did something that triggered my back pain, went to the chiropractor, got my back “manipulated,” and I was good…for a few months.
By the time I was 29, I was fed up with this cycle. One of my main goals in life is to be self-reliant. I don’t want to be dependent on people or tools unless it’s absolutely necessary. …
We all thought this was a temporary thing. But here we are. People are already calling this the “COVID era” as if they are reading about it in a history book. But we’re still going through it.
For most of my friends and family, the social distancing and handwashing aren’t that bad. We got used to that stuff quickly. The tough part about this era is that life has changed permanently for many folks.
Rifts are created between people with different beliefs on wearing a mask. …
The economy has changed drastically in 2020. Many people are forced to reinvent themselves and their careers.
There are two ways you can look at this: As a blessing or a curse. I always decide to look at these things as a blessing. When we’re forced to make a change, we can decide to go with it or fight with it. Often, good things come out of these types of situations.
If you’re forced to rethink your career, you actually take the time to create a strategy. …
When Malcolm X was in prison, he discovered the power of books. He was physically caged within the walls of the prison, but his mind was free.
He spent most of his six and a half years in prison reading books — day and night. In The Autobiography of Malcolm X, he wrote about his nightly reading habits:
“At one-hour intervals the night guards paced past every room. Each time I heard the approaching footsteps, I jumped into bed and feigned sleep. And as soon as the guard passed, I got back out of bed onto the floor area of that light-glow, where I would read for another fifty-eight minutes — until the guard approached again. …
The reason we make plans is straightforward: We want a specific outcome in our lives. As we mature and experience more, we’re able to see patterns that teach us how to anticipate something.
We become better planners as we grow. But the world is full of surprises, and most of us eventually learn shit never goes according to plan.
There’s no going around it. Your plans, goals, and routines — they will all come crashing down in the face of major unexpected events:
We’ve all heard about the magic of compounding interest. Something equally powerful is mental compounding interest. Here’s some advice from the investor Charlie Munger that I read in the book, University of Berkshire Hathaway:
“He (Munger) got the idea to add a mental compound interest as well. …
We tend to lower our expectations so that if we fail, our disappointments won’t hurt. The fear of “expecting too much” is something we learned as early as childhood, whenever we didn’t get exactly what we wanted.
That is the paradox. We juggle trade-offs between high and low expectations. These two quotes explain the two different perspectives on expectations.
The first quote expects to win, the second one expects nothing. …