Archives For November 2014

Gratefulness

November 24, 2014 — Leave a comment
the mountain autumn landscape with colorful forest

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Gratefulness.

No one can gift it to us.

We cannot give it to another.

It has only one recipient.

It is the best gift,
that we give ourselves.

Don’t let its price fool you.

When we embrace it,
it yields priceless treasure.

One question remains.

Will you be grateful today?

Simple Math

November 17, 2014 — Leave a comment
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78.8 years – that’s the average number of years that we are expected to live [1]. That doesn’t seem as old as it used to be. The seventies used to be reserved for grandparents and great-grandparents in my life.

I celebrated my 50th birthday this year (an age I once associated with my parents).
I’m a “glass-half-full” guy, so lets round up and expect a 79 year lifespan. That means I have:

29 Thanksgivings
29 Christmases
29 Birthdays
29 Wedding anniversaries
29 Summer vacations
29 Years to love and encourage my kids
29 Years to love and cherish my wife
29 Years to pay taxes!
29 Years filled with possibility
29 years to make a difference

Next year, the number 29 shrinks to a 28. The question is, “How will I live this next year?”. Will I seize it, cherish it? Will I see the opportunities? Will I realize those things that are most important? Will I eliminate those things that are non-essential, distracting, and not worthy of occupying one of the next 29 years?

I love to learn about productivity and efficiency. It seems I’m always challenging myself to get more work accomplished with less effort.

But here’s the deal, it’s senseless to focus all our time on getting great at things that don’t matter if it distracts us from that which is important.

Pursuing productivity makes sense if we become more efficient with the “trivial many” in order to gain more time for the “important few”.

The math is simple: 79 – current age = years left.

Will you live your “years left” with intention and purpose?

Do the math,

ponder your path,

live accordingly.


note [1] – USA Today – Life expectancy in the USA hits a record high

Conference Attendee Tip

November 10, 2014 — Leave a comment

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I love to attend conferences. Actually, I am attending one of my favorite conferences right now – The Platform Conference.

Michael Hyatt and his team put on a great conference, packed with speakers and networking opportunities.

I often struggle to keep track of the conference agenda when I’m attending a conference. Sometimes I inadvertently leave it in my hotel room, other times I’m digging for it in my briefcase to see what’s up next.

Here’s a tip for your next conference:

Set the wallpaper on your phone to be the conference schedule.

This allows you to simply whip out your phone and check the schedule with a quick glance. The image above is the lock screen of my iphone – clearly displaying the schedule for the Platform Conference.

Here’s how to set it up:

1) Snap a picture of your conference schedule.

2) Go to the saved picture in your phone’s camera roll

3) Tap the share icon.

4) Select the “set as wallpaper” option

That’s all there is to it. You’ll never hunt for your conference schedule again!