Success principle #16. No matter what you do there is no escaping eating frogs. | 913

My Author Journey, Tuesday, September 26, 2017

# 913 (countdown)

My yesterday’s post got me thinking about the things we don’t like. I mean we all know this cliché advice ‘do what you love’, or ‘do only things you enjoy / make you happy’ or ‘you’ve got to find what you love’.

Steve Jobs put it this way in his 2005 Commencement address:

For the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.

Richard Branson also said a similar thing:

My general attitude to life is to enjoy every minute of every day. I never do anything with a feeling of, ‘Oh God, I’ve got to do this today.’

I bet Steve Jobs had and Richard Branson had and still has a fair share of things that needed (need) to be done and they weren’t (aren’t) particularly enjoyable but they were (are) part of the whole package.

Brian Tracy wrote the book Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time which teaches us that eating the frog (a metaphor for tackling something that is our most challenging task but also the one that can have the greatest positive impact on our life) should be the first thing we do each morning. There’s an old saying that if the first thing you do each morning is eat a live frog, you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing you’re done with the worst thing you’ll have to do all day. In Eat That Frog! Tracy shows us how to organize each day so we can zero in on these critical tasks and accomplish them efficiently and effectively.

There is no escaping eating frogs no matter what you do. There is a difference in how we approach those frogs though. When we are passionate about something and as a consequence of this passion we do this things each day (or almost each day (there can always be emergencies and unexpected obstacles, like illness for example), we will also eat the frog without fussing much about it.

If we do something we generally hate, eating the frog is the thing which sucks the most in our day and eating that frog (eliminating the things that sucks the most) will definitely make the rest of our day seem like it’s a good day. We ate that frog first thing in the morning and now we have a bunch of things which aren’t that important, scary, challenging, but which suck for us, because that’s not our favourite occupation. So in this case eating the frog serves lessening the pain you feel in your day.

People with passion also have their frogs. I don’t believe there are people in this world who do only things they enjoy 24/7 365 days in a year. This would be possible if you lived alone on a desert island and didn’t need anyone. Whether it’s hiring people of firing them, managing projects, preparing documents, showing up on events, giving interviews, shaking hands or taking a photo with a fan for the thousandth time that day, or reading stingy comments, or meeting with your accountant, or corresponding with tax authorities, or showing up in a court of law, or filing a complaint, or changing your phone operator, or taking all those phone calls from various service providers and sales representatives, or handling deliveries, or cleaning toilets in your small café, or unclogging pipes, etc. There are myriad things of that nature in our days and I don’t believe there is even one person in this world who enjoys everything from A to Z.

Even when we do something we love, we should be aware of the fact that there is no escaping being involved also in things we don’t like and if that’s something we don’t want to accept we have no prayer. We will never accomplish anything.

Reading.

In the Shadow of the American Dream: The Diaries of David Wojnarowicz (10 min; on scribd app).

Listening to audio.

The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future by Kevin Kelly (20 min, on my scribd app).

Movies.

East Jerusalem/West Jerusalem (on Netflix).

Great photographer I learned from today: Robert Capa

Recent progress on my third book: 0 min today.

Music for this writing session: Lady Gaga (on spotify, various songs). I love Lady Gaga. I love her as an artist and I love her songs.

My today’s route.

My today’s favorite.

My today’s photos on flickr Warsaw, September 26, 2017.