Lesson from Chris Froom

Do you really want it?

Even if it requires running in the cycling shoes (if you have never tried it, believe me that heels are easy compared to that) after riding 100 km(as a triathlete I can assure you, that’s damn hard)?

We often say how much we want to be successful, to have an impact, to earn good money, to be the best.

But what do we do to achieve it?

Is it really 100%, all in?

Congratulations Chris Froom. You are the man.

 

 

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Clichés Are True

Shay Carl in the Tim Ferris Show said recently that there is really hidden truth about life in clichés.

So why do we ignore them so much?

It got me thinking.

The thing about clichés is that they are true as much as you are open for them.

Let’s look at the example also mentioned in the podcast: “Thinking happy thoughts will make you happy”

Is there anything else that sounds more cheesy? For some people, it sounds so bad that they will just burst in laugh and for sure their attitude will not allow to acknowledge the truth.

But have you tried thinking happy thoughts? Did you feel better afterwards? Then what’s the problem?

To prove you that clichés are worth listening, here are 5 of those that we get to use so often that we started ignoring them. (I even have a feeling that whenever cliché is being said, something in our brain switches our attention off – neuroscientists please research that)

1. When life gives you lemons, make the lemonade

As Ryan Holiday says, obstacle is the way. The path to greatness isn’t easy. When it’s hard and you can embrace it, the great things will happen to you.

As the another clichés say, the plane takes off against the wind.

What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.

 

2. Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s about learning to dance in the rain.

We are so good at excuses. One of the most popular one? I am not ready yet.

But here is the thing.

You will never be ready!

So you can wait for ever or face the storm and move forward.

 

3. Action speaks louder than words

Nowadays, thanks to the social media, people comment and declare so many actions.

But how many of those really go and deliver?

 

4. Never judge a book by its cover

Letter 8 of Seneca:

“[…]understand that a man is sheltered just as well by a thatch as by a roof of gold. Despise everything that useless toil creates as an ornament and an object of beauty. And reflect that nothing except the soul is worthy of wonder; for to the soul, if it be great, naught is great.”

 

5. YOLO

5 words: You are going to die.

So why haven’t you done what you have always wanted to?

 

 

Next time you hear a cliche, open yourself to it, even if people are laughing. It’s their loss and your gain.

Think about it.

If they were just some meaningless words, they wouldn’t become cliché.

So go and listen.

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5 Lessons From Seneca’s Letter 8 to Lucilius

Have you ever read the letters of Seneca to Lucilius?

It is a must read for everyone.

The best thing is that they are available for free on Wikisource.

I have been reading them with a friend of mine over the last few weeks, one after one. And although I will write about all of them in a massive post later on,  Letter 8 is saturated with so much knowledge, that it surely deserves its own post.

So here it is, my 5 take aways from Letter 8 of Seneca to Lucilius.

(I just add quotes without any comment. The master doesn’t need any words of mine)

 

“[…]my object in shutting myself up and locking the door is to be able to help a greater number. I never spend a day in idleness; I appropriate even a part of the night for study. I do not allow time for sleep but yield to it when I must, and when my eyes are wearied with waking and ready to fall shut, I keep them at their task.”

 

“I have withdrawn not only from men, but from affairs, especially from my own affairs; I am working for later generations, writing down some ideas that may be of assistance to them.”

 

“Avoid whatever pleases the throng: avoid the gifts of Chance!”

 

“[…]understand that a man is sheltered just as well by a thatch as by a roof of gold. Despise everything that useless toil creates as an ornament and an object of beauty. And reflect that nothing except the soul is worthy of wonder; for to the soul, if it be great, naught is great.”

 

“Moreover, we cannot even stand up against prosperity when she begins to drive us to leeward; nor can we go down, either, ‘with the ship at least on her course,’ or once for all; Fortune does not capsize us, – she plunges our bows under and dashes us on the rocks.”

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