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Current state of affairs

When was the last time you refreshed your CV (or resume)? Two years ago? Just before you got into your current position?

 

Two reasons why you should get on that:

  1. Obvious one: You’re ready to take on a promotion or new role (within the current company or at another company)
    1. Keeping your resume current allows you to nimbly apply for both new positions within your organization and ones outside
    2. In the unfortunate situation where you lose your current job, its one less thing to have to do to kick-start the job search process again (and it’s a nice psychological relief to have that already taken care of)
  2. Less obvious one (but even better reason): Assess where you’re currently at career-wise in your current role
    1. It’s easy to get drawn into the day-to-day work of your current role and suddenly months and at times years have passed
    2. Your job may be going well, however it’s also quite possibly your head-down approach has allowed you to miss out on fruitful opportunities
    3. Updating your CV, due to the nature of it being a high-level summary of your current and past roles, is a great opportunity to get a sense of what you’ve achieved, what more you’d like to do, and areas where you definitely want to do more

 

Curriculum Vitae

 

It’s definitely worth spending an hour (even better splitting that across 2-3 sessions) to get your CV up to date

 

You’ll likely have a couple of reactions when you’re finished:

  1. A fine smile after reflecting on how you’ve had some nice achievements
  2. A good boost to step back and re-establish some strong goals and milestones for the upcoming year

 

 

 

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High school volunteer

High school was an interesting time

The things that a high school student respects in their peers at the time can appear to be quite different than when adults

Top athletes definitely deserve some honor, but popularity in and of itself shouldn’t really garner a whole lot of respect

 

And how different things are now as an adult

I may still respect a person that earns attention and popularity among peers, but one of biggest respect drivers for me today are those people that really give themselves to others, in a selfless manner

I could/would have grown to respect those that volunteered way back in high school, but it really wasn’t prevalent at the time

While classes were largely boring and contained little in the way of personal development and inspiration (academically or otherwise)

It’s definitely a shame that a ripe opportunity to instill the positive skills and mindset that come from volunteering in a young mind is often largely missed

It’s definitely not too late, but as an adult volunteering of one’s time is often limited to bits of free time scattered here and there

 volunteers

Introducing volunteering into young peoples’ lives would:

  • teach them valuable life skills
  • expose them to selfless thinking at a time where they’re more open-minded
  • benefit us all – those that receive help, those that volunteer, and those that are inspired by their efforts

 

 

 

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The shoe perspective

 

Two shoe salesmen go to Africa in the 1900s to assess the opportunity to sell shoes.

They report back and one says it’s a horrible situation since they don’t wear shoes, while other says it’s a glorious opportunity since they don’t wear shoes yet.

 

I have always loved this story. And have come to appreciate and love people that are inspired to seek out the good and the opportunity in every situation.

Everything doesn’t always go as planned. Life wouldn’t be that interesting if it did, and we’d miss out on a range of learning opportunities. Try not to forget that when things appear to have gone awry.

Failures and frustrations can lead us to a richer life (if we let them).

 

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The rug taught me

I bought a new rug

It feels seriously good under my feet (and my body; I admit I lay down on it at times to fully engage in it’s bliss)

I’ve never had a rug generate this much pleasure (physically and visually)

Laying on it and sitting on it feels great, but there is also the nice side effect of distracting me from my computer/work/etc

Realisation: I need to allow more physical (and non-conventional) things into my life to provide both pleasure and distraction

Advice: Not only give into things that bring you joy and pleasure (walking, boating, hiking, singing, teaching, laughing, etc), but make time (lots of time) for them since you’ll likely walk away (or get off them) with a new energy, drive, and motivation

 

 persian rug

 

 

 

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I’ll take the unconventional please

I’ve never really liked conventional things

I’m not a fan of conventional holidays, titles, and photographs

I’m also certainly not the most unconventional person out there (Richard Branson and Tim Ferriss nicely break the mold of conventional approaches and views)

Which is good for me, because I can strive to be more like them by following their lead and learning from them

It’s often our nature to be envious of those that are better than us – at whatever it is we want to be

But we can also allow these opportunities to motivate us rather than generate jealousy

And to those people that are very good at things – whether it be breaking the status quo or finely perfecting it – keep up the good work and strive on, you’re an inspiration and you help us all ultimately achieve new levels of success

 

 

 

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I’m still malleable

I love how we as humans are so adaptable, even as we get older

 

I’ve never been a morning person and would also typically stay up fairly late at night (even feeling energised at around 11pm)

I recently joined the 5am Club and in a very short time I’m already good with getting up at 5am (albeit not always jumping out of bed with a great big smile)

But I’m also already quite comfortable going to bed at a considerably earlier hour than I used to; It has now become the new norm in a very short time

 

5am

 

Most of us don’t give ourselves credit for what we can achieve when we apply a little motivation, persistence, and grit

(And the really cool thing is that with every little (or big) success we have, we’re just a little more motivated and excited for the next challenge)

 

 

 

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Do you like me?

I love smoothies and was at a Boost Juice shop in the UK early one morning

The girl that took my order and made my smoothie was very friendly

So friendly that I was curious as to whether she was simply a good employee and was like this with all the customers (I didn’t have an opportunity to hang around and see), or whether, you know, she liked me (Ok, so I’m certainly not under the belief that a woman that smiles at me is into me, but I do know that there is more than one type of smile)

I could have asked her after she served me the smoothie (but didn’t)

It might have been awkward if she in fact was the good smiling employee and I was just another customer, or we perhaps could have gone for a coffee later that evening

Either way, inquiring of her, rather than questioning it in my head, would have very likely solved my little mystery

 

Now the reason for her smile isn’t a matter of serious significance, however the same scenario can apply to much more serious issues in life

Asking questions can often bring forth good information, yet we often don’t ask

Some people are gun shy since they’ve been shot down too many times (not exclusively related to love and affection), whereas some people are just shy

Some people are better than others at asking, while it can be those same people that have been shot down that have learned to cope with less information

Communication and information should be flowing back and forth far more than it does, giving us excellent opportunities to learn how to handle the truth (good and bad) as well learn to become better people

 

We need to break down some of the complexity we surround ourselves with and get back to a more simple life in this regard, like that of children (they have no hesitation telling another person that they like them)

As a Canadian, I come from culture that is relatively reserved and doesn’t always speak their mind

Maybe it’s because of this upbringing that I love it when people tell me the way it is, positive or negative (I crave opportunities to be told of something I’m not doing right so I can could improve upon it)

 

One of my primary goals in life is to simply become a better person

As a result I want your feedback, thanks

Its not always something that I want to hear (who doesn’t want to hear praise?!), but its for the betterment of us all if you share it with me

 

If you and I have a relationship, let’s talk. I want to know more.

If you don’t like what I’ve written here, let’s talk. I want to learn more.

Hey world, let’s talk.

Life is far too short.

 

 

 

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Your beautiful familiarity

I went to a Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony performance called Broadway 1959 last year

The symphony was great and I really liked the addition of the 3 singers that performed along with them

I do admit though that I got more enjoyment from the songs that I knew than the songs I didnt know; This is pretty standard human behavior

The same is true with travel; A conversation is always more interesting to us when people are talking about a place that weve actually been to (And its equally less interesting when theyre laughing and reminiscing about a place that weve not been and it means nothing to us)

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I have a simple rule: The more you experience, the more you enjoy life

Ive seen it fully validated with myself, and with numerous others

So get out and experience all you can

Youll not only enjoy more of life, but youll very likely be: smarter, wiser, more accepting, more employable, more open-minded, and even sought after

All good things

 

 

 

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Positive minuses

Over the last number of years Ive removed things from my life, all for the positive

 

Less light: Use candles, theyre tantalisingly peaceful

Less negative people: At times unfortunate for those that you leave behind, but a brilliant gain for you

Less sugar: Not hard to wean off of across the board, with nice health benefits

Less driving: Easily boosts general calmness

Less ad-hoc planning: Bigger picture planning minimises the need for less-effective on-the-fly planning

Less worry: Its excellent how switching out a negative thought for a positive one brings a greater peace

Less smoking: So Ive not smoked before, but have seen good positive change in people that have quit

Less TV: Filling those hours with other desirable pursuits is relatively easy and so much more satisfying

 

As always, developing any habit (good or bad) takes practice, but with persistence and grit you can successfully get whatever you want (whether it be more or less)

 

Less is more

 

 

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Dental Town

There are 2 things Im always interested in when visiting my good friend the dentist:

  • Feedback (how did I do since I was last here?)
  • Lessons (what can I do better – to make each dentist visit less harsh?)

I’ve mostly liked my dentists and hygienists, but find they dont give up much info while Im there (and theyre not the ones with a mouth full of instruments)

These 2 things are valuable to me at the dentist office, but also very much so in life in general:

  • Feedback: Positive or negative, I want it! (Should I be showing off my pearly whites, or should I be psyching myself up for the drill?)
  • Lessons: I want to get better – at brushing and at life. Im not content with status quo. Im striving to get better and need your help. (Im not quite as smart as I look!)

 

 

 

 

 

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