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Week 5, 2024

Week 5, 2024

I've worked hard on things that didn't pan out, and I've worked hard on things that did.  The only unifying theme in my life is that I have benefited from, and learned to love hard work. (Most kinds.)

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Week 4, 2024

Week 4, 2024

You can choose to be tougher. You should value toughness over ability. You always have a choice to endure, to push yourself a bit farther than you prefer.

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Week 2, 2024

Week 2, 2024

Your "self" isn't immutable. You aren't "a certain type of person". You are an evolving experiment. One that is certainly affected by the observer, and one whose outcome is affected by the inputs. If you want to carry something different in your heart, you can do that. You just have to want it bad enough that you can let go of the person you have been.

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Week 1, 2024

Week 1, 2024

You have to be ok with an imperfect start. You have to laser focus on your goal while still fending off and plowing through all of the INEVITABLE distractions. It's more important to be resilient and persistent than it is to be perfect.

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Week 50, 2023

Week 50, 2023

Spend time with your family and friends. The to-do list will still be there when you return.

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Week 49, 2023

Week 49, 2023

We are all recovering. Relapse is part of recovery. In everything that you want to improve, on every personal hill that you are climbing, you will eventually backslide. Hopefully you don't tumble all the way down the hill. Hopefully you slide to a stop and immediately refocus on the summit that inspired you in the first place. 

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Week 43, 2023

Week 43, 2023

Be relentless... if you keep plowing forward, if you keep hitting it hard, if you keep driving your legs, it's more likely that something will break loose. The only way forward is through... to opportunity.

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Week 40, 2023

Week 40, 2023

Everything that gets in the way of the thing you want to do is ego. And ego can never be satisfied. It always wants more... It all comes back to the work. The work I need to be doing is different than the work you need to be doing.

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Week 34, 2023

Week 34, 2023

Your life has meaning. You know that to be true, even if occasionally you deny it out of depression or a macabre sense of humor.

And so, why struggle, why strive, when "none of it really matters anyway" ?

I think it is because you have to try, for it to matter.

Maybe it is the historical "fish struggling up onto the land" inside of us, that makes us need struggle or maybe it goes back further than that... Entropy is increasing, everything is falling apart, but life wants to try to pull order from the chaos. Life needs to feel like it is capable of pulling order from the chaos.

Striving, struggling, trying, scraping, any synonym for grappling... MAKES IT MATTER.

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