Folks from Omaha with their own approach to cycling: Dundee Cycles
(I modified & expanded the wording a little.)
1. Do what you find fun. Or, at minimum, do something fun today.
2. Be honest with the words you use, allow them to be powerful and build trust.
3. GEBY: Tell someone 3 things you’re Grateful for today, Exercise, Breakfast, and do something for Yourself.
4. Give something away selflessly, and shed weight from your life. (ex. Give clothes to Goodwill.)
5. Make your bed. (Start the day off right, and get a little win right away in the morning.)
6. Get a morning song. (Start the day off with something that brings you happiness.)
7. Start 1 positive new daily habit. (daily pushups, reading time)
8. Remove 1 negative habit. (criticizing others)
9. Change the background on your phone/PC/tablet to something you love or are aspiring to.
10. Call a friend and listen.
If success, opportunity, and (most importantly) happiness are the result of relationships (or at minimum interactions with other people), then anything we do that isn’t ultimately focused on improving relationships with the ones we want to connect and share our lives with is effort that will achieve a less than optimal return.
That is not to say that seemingly inward focused activities like reading or exercising aren’t excellent uses of our time: being a better conversationalist, a more energetic partner, and pursuing passions that interest us is how we nurture the most meaningful relationships.
Go do something that makes you excited to get out of bed in the morning; learn it, share it, teach it. You may not find the opportunity you think you’re looking for, but in it you will find the relationships that create the opportunities that can change your life.
There are those that create value and there’s no room for those that don’t. There are those that risk money to enable others to work, and those that work to enable other people’s money to create even more value. Everyone has skin in the game. Everyone is an owner. Some own the resources, others own the creative talent or marketable skill.
Regardless of how big of town you live in, all our lives rotate within small communities. Our family, close friends, coworkers, people we share hobbies with, customers, etc…all share ties with us and to each other.
As the world revolves more and more around what happens on the web, more and more bonds are made and more communities are created.
Its ironic that even as the world becomes more and more digital, the things we learned from our grandparents become even more true:
“If you don’t have anything nice to say…”
In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the experts mind there are few. ~Shunrya Suzuki
If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. ~ John Quincy Adams
I’m a fan of the entrepreneur, all of them/us. I believe in risk…or more accurately: putting it all on the table at some time or another. The testicular fortitude required to take your dream and push it to the brink in a win-it-or-bin-it move is something that only so many people are willing to do. I have the utmost respect for anyone willing to believe in something (or themselves) so deeply that they’re willing to be a barista (nothing against baristas – thank you for the coffee…) again if it all doesn’t work out.
I subscribe to some of the popular startup and business sites and blogs, and I read studiously about those making bigger plays than I am and those pursuing brilliant ideas I couldn’t have thought of. Startup failure is a hot ticket blog topic these days (and has been for several years), and a lot of hip and stylish gurus of startupdom wear it like a badge of honor. I’m not going to suggest that they shy away from the fact that they’ve failed, and I appreciate those that share their experiences with the hope that the rest of us can learn and avoid a similar fate.
What I haven’t seen discussed, however, is the carnage that startup or business failure leaves behind. We read about a shiny-toed, horned-rim glasses wearing founder recovering from the emotional agony and moving on, but we don’t read stories about the employees left laying in the gutter along the way, investors or family members that lose their fortunes, or the suppliers, vendors, and landlords that get left holding the bag.
Business failure is messy, whether its a startup or a 100 year old company. No one wins (unless you’re this guy, then carnage is how you get ahead), and the blood spilled is real.
I’m not hoping to scare anyone away from jumping off the cliff of starting your own business, but I want all that do it to go in with their eyes wide open. If shit goes pear-shaped you can be wiped out financially, the taxes will still need to be paid, and some of the people you might care most deeply about might lose their house, lose their early retirement, or be faced with years or bills to pay or bankruptcy.
Go forth and prosper. Take risks. Launch that next big thing. But be smart enough to either look down the road and accept the consequences should it all not work out, or decide you don’t care and be grateful whether you end up driving a Maserati or riding the bus.