Another appointment

So I am beginning to think it is a cold.  I went to the gym but just walked for 30 minutes on the treadmill preventing annoying everyone coughing up my chest congestion.

Again my morning was flooded with emails for last minute questions/orders.  It’s just that time of year where I need to almost be attached to my computer to solve issues as they come in.

We had a follow up doctor’s appointment to go over the results of the 1st trimester screening, but because our screening was rescheduled later the results were not available for our appointment.  The appointment was pretty low key.  The doctor did a quick ultrasound to check the heart beat, asked how Jessica was doing and sent us on our way.

On the way to and from the appointment I listened to a new Tim Ferriss podcast where he interviewed athletic trainer Ryan Flaherty.  What a sharp guy.  Only 34 years old and made me feel like I was a slug.  He was a top trainer in getting athletes to get faster.  He was totally deep into the science of exercise science which made him a top trainer.  But listening to him, I kind of wished I had explored more career options in high school because I thought I’d enjoy beings a physical therapist.   I know it’s never too late to do something, but I just think if back then I had explored it, I probably would have proceed down that path.  Oh well, one missed opportunity for now to open another one down the road.

Knives

I had to spend some time in the car so I decided to listen to the latest episode of The Tim Ferriss Show podcast. In this episode he interviewed master craftsman and Japanese knife maker Murray Carter.  I am always fascinated by people who master a craft, especially when it involves using your hands.  Hearing his story and the stroke of luck that caused him to get involved in knife making really goes to show you sometimes the universe tells us where we need to focus, we just need to be aware enough to listen.  Made me start thinking, did I miss my calling or am I still awaiting for the moment in my own life.  I hope I didn’t miss it!

The other thing the episode made me think about it how many people underestimate the power of creating something with your hands.  Whether it’s art, music, culinary, woodworking, construction, metal work, on and on.  I have an intuition that the ability of humans to work symbiotically between the brain and hands is a very important part of life.  You’re never too young or too old to create.  I watch my nephew as he explores the world and experiences everything for the first time and at the opposite end I visit my 96 year old grandfather at his assisted living facility where he participates in craft time making hats and decor items.  Creating is the key.  Scrolling through Facebook or Instagram use the hands and brain in a relationship, but it lacks the creating.  It lacks a true exploring using trial and error.  No matter who you are, or what you are, go out and create.  Create in different ways.  Take classes explore.  Teach your kids, your teenagers, your parents to get out and make something!

Semler Revisited

Last week I wrote about the Tim Ferriss podcast where I listened to Ferriss interview Ricardo Semler, Brazilian entrepreneur. Yesterday I had a lengthy car ride to and from the few schools I needed to visit so I finished the podcast interview.

Semler brought up the ever so common topic of living each day as it were your last.  We all know this is much easier said then done.  If we truly knew it were our last day we would act much different than theoretically living as if it were our last day.  If tomorrow were truly my last day, I think I’d want to get an RV with all the people (and pets) I cared about and just drive.  A last chance to see and experience as much as possible.  I’d cash out all investments and spend every last saved dollar.  In reality if I did this every day, myself and my family would be homeless and poor.

Semler brought up the notion that every week, Monday and Thursday, he has a completely open schedule to work on whatever he wants.  Bucket list days per se.  He uses these days to accomplish things most people say some day.  Semler is CEO of multiple companies (if I understood correctly).  It is easy for people in his position to say, someday I’ll learn to play piano, write that novel/play, learn to fly, etc.  So instead of putting it off, Semler puts time in his schedule to work on these things over time.  He uses his weekends to spend time and focus on family, Tuesday/Wednesday/Friday are his work days, and Monday/Thursday are bucket list days.

I think there are a couple things everyone can learn from this.  First is we probably could spend less time on “work” if we learned to work more efficiently.  One of my personal challenges is I feel if I am not spending every minute I can on work it will all fall apart.  What I should do, is take a month off and work remotely to change the way my brain is wired to think about running my business.  Can I hire someone to do small tasks? Do I really need to drive there to completed A,B, or C? Obviously in my current position working remotely full-time is not realistic, but I think taking a month hiatus to change my thought process would benefit me in the long run allowing me to grow.

Second thing we learn from Semler, is don’t put it off.  If there is something you want to do, just do it.  Most people would say, “Yea it’s really easy for a million business owner to take two days off a week, but I can’t afford that.”  And this is very true.  He is resource rich so he has greater luxuries.  But being CEO of multiple business his work time has a much greater responsibility level than the average person.  But even if you can’t take complete days off to focus on something, you do have time.  Instead of watching the latest episode of Teen Mom 2, take that hour to schedule a piano lesson, to write a few pages of your novel, or whatever your dream is.  Over time the little investments will pay dividends.  The key is patience and consistency.  If it is truly important to you, you will dedicate the time.

This blog is one of my buckets items.  I write on a public forum for anyone to read, but I write for myself.  I write for my legacy.  How amazing is it that I can put my own words and thoughts out there for my future generations to read.  My great-great grandchildren may be able to get some insight it who I was and may see a little of me in them.  I don’t consider myself a great writer by any means.  I just type.  I don’t re-read.  I don’t edit.  I just type.  Typos, misspellings, and grammatical errors will forever exist.  This isn’t art.  It’s simply thoughts, ideas, and daily life in written form.

Now what else should I start committing myself to do on a regular basis??