5 Weeks of Stay At Home; Embrace the Genius of AND

5 Weeks of Stay At Home; Embrace the Genius of AND

This week marks about 5 weeks of the stay at home order here in Illinois and much of the nation.  This week I did a little personal inventory a little reflecting back on the week to see if I’m on the right track.  Remember, Steve Jobs told us we can only connect those dots looking back.  And I have to say that looking back I feel pretty good.  If I was in a job interview right now and the interviewer tried to test me by asking what 3 valuable uses of my time were during my period of unemployment.  I feel confident that I would nail it.  I’m learning about financial advising, I’ve enrolled in some free online classes – blows my mind that people don’t take advantage of these great opportunities, I’ve started this podcast – which by the way you can also start for free and I’ve gotten outside and worked on staying fit.  Also free!

The binge watching couch potato.

Not for the interviewer, but for you.  I’ve also seen the first three seasons of Money Heist – love it!  Except that they killed my favorite character – not a spoiler alert since you don’t know who my favorite is and Except that while playing a board game with the family the other night I heard Tokyo narrating my next play in my head.  “now is the time for mommy to make her move, but she’s screwed.  She missed the opportunity to play her awkward pieces and now there’s no place for her to play on this board.  The professor told us we would face this, but where is the professor now?  We haven’t heard from the professor since the coronavirus began.”  Yes,  I love this show, but I don’t love it in my head.

Jonathan Estrin says “The way we spend our time defines who we are.

So I’m sharing this story because there are so many choices right now –

You can choose the couch

OR

You can choose to dive into sharpening the saw or learning new skills

OR

Can you see the tyranny of “or” here?  If I choose one path I choose to deny myself of the other path.  Or is oppressive.  It’s why so much self improvement, so many diets, and so many new ideas fail.   Poor sad little “or”. You don’t have to sacrifice one for the other or choose just one path.  As Jim Collins would say in his book Built to Last “Embrace the Genius of AND.”

Instead of being oppressed by the “Tyranny of the OR,” liberate yourself with the “Genius of the AND”— and set yourself free.  You can embrace two extremes at the same time. It is possible.  You don’t need to choose between A OR B, figure out a way to have both A AND B.  In my earlier example I have used my time for self-improvement AND I’ve been a couch potato.  Just not equal parts of both. (more…)

Stay at Home; Obligation or Opportunity

Stay at Home; Obligation or Opportunity

You’ve been ordered to Stay at Home; the question is do you see it as an obligation or an opportunity? It’s a challenging time, absolutely.  I live in a state that has a Stay at Home Order AND the company I worked for and adored my entire adult life has just gone out of business.  The challenge is real AF.  Here’s the truth about challenges.  They bring about a world of choices.  In fact, they are the proverbial fork in the road.  They provide an opportunity for us to rise and see what we are really made of.  Is this Stay at Home Order an excuse to watch all of those missed sitcoms or is it an opportunity to discover what you are capable of achieving.

It’s a choice and you have the power to make that choice right now.  Is there something have you been putting off because your “real life” is too busy?  Perhaps this slow down is the sign you have been waiting for.  Choices you make right now, what you choose to accomplish in the next few weeks could have a significant positive impact on your life and the lives of others?Rise to the challenge

“If it doesn’t challenge you ; it won’t change you.” I encourage you to rise to the challenge. Push yourself to give your all in tackling a problem or issue and accomplishing a goal.

Here are my big 3 for doing something new

  1. FREE – there are many free options out there.  Leave your resources open to trying many new things and don’t spend any money unless you’re absolutely sure of the path you’ve chosen.  Here are some free resources for a variety of topics
      1. Fitness Nike Training Club
      2. Education Coursera
      3. Podcasting Buzzsprout
      4. Write a book Jerry Jenkins
      5. Create a website Wix
      6. Learn a new language
  2. FUN – as I mentioned earlier, the challenge is real AF, but it can be fun and be self-fulfilling.  In business we sometimes have to ask ourselves “is it the plan or is it the execution?”  You will have to ask yourself “is this not fun because it’s not coming easy or is this not fun simply because I just don’t like it?”  Find something your passionate about and the challenge will become fun.
  3. FRIEND – find people with like interests to encourage you along the way.  An easy way to do this is to search social media pages liked LinkedIn and Facebook for groups.  Last year, I found that joining a FB group for the Chicago Marathon made my training experience more enjoyable by knowing I was doing it alone.  Many challenges I was experiencing were common and even minor compared to people with the same goals as mine.  This kept me motivated and inspired to keep going.

You will get through this.   Yes you can!

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