I’ve been thinking a lot this week about how I am serving the world.
Service is more than helping people or giving away your time. Service is about making a contribution. How is the world benefiting from your existence? How can you leave the planet better than when you left it?
Anything I have ever done that has been successful, was successful because I was thinking of other people.
When I think about myself, things fall apart.
When I am thinking of myself I feel an overwhelming sense of anxiety, because I can bever measure up to the perfect ideal of who I think I should be. When I am putting other people’s needs ahead of my own, I feel freedom and ease because I know my life has meaning.
Think about that this weekend. Think about how you are serving the world. Approach your goals and your ambitions with that ethos, and you will find success is all areas of your life.
What could be better than that?
1. What’s Better Than Beating the Competition? Ask Simon Sinek
I loved this interview. Something about the way Simon Sinek carries himself always makes me feel at ease. He has such a confident delivery that doesn’t portray as arrogance at all.
2. Edward Norton — On Creative Process, Creative Struggle, and Motherless Brooklyn
How cool is Edward Norton?
I am a huge fan of Fight Club and for that reason alone, Edward Norton is at the top of my list of greatest actors. But Edward Norton has another kind of charm to him. He’s always one of those actors that people say “he seems like a really cool guy.”
This week of the Tim Ferris podcast, Edward Norton talked about his career and what it takes to make it in Hollywood while staying true to himself and his creative process.
3. I Will Teach You To Be Rich – Second Edition
When I was 25, I decided to take my finances seriously. I don’t mean that I decided to make lots of money. No, I mean that I decided to learn about money works and how to invest it.
Money makes most people (especially young people) uncomfortable, and so we avoid it. Then we wake up one day and were 35 and it hits us that we should think about retirement.
My family never talked about money. We avoided the conversations but it reminded us that we didn’t have any. The most I knew about money was that when the bills were scattered about on the table, that meant my best bet was to go skateboarding and not come home till late at night.
When I got sober, I made a deliberate decision to get uncomfortable and learn about money, even though it scared me.
Everything I learned about investing, saving, budgeting, the stock market and “living a rich life” I learned from reading Ramit Sethi’s work.
Ramit just posted one of his most recent talk at Google and I highly highly suggest you watch it.
4. Are You Being Kind to Yourself?
One of my gamer buddies lives in Australia. We talk on Twitter. His name is PiG and I interviewed him on my podcast once.
He sent out a tweet thread a few minutes ago that really hit home with me.
Why are we always meaner to ourselves than we would ever be to anyone else? If I said the things to another person that I say to myself in my mind, no one would want to be around me.
I appreciate my buddy PiG for this Twitter thread. You should check the voices in your head asap.
5. Proof that SEO is Still the Best Way to Grow a Business
This is gonna come off as pretentious, but that’s okay.
We’ve seen huge growth this week in our traffic, our leads, our sales, and our partnership opportunities. It’s all directly attributed to the work I have done in increasing the search volume.
I. Love. SEO. $$$$$
If SEO isn’t at the top of your list of business priorities, then you’re blowing it. Straight up.
Fitness Friday – HIIT Sessions with Dumbbells (No Weights Needed)
Join me in a quick 20 minutes workout. I really pushed it this week so try to keep up.
P.S. – Next time the music will be better I promise.
Read of the Week
I can’t tell you how much I have enjoyed this book. The stories are so cool and entertaining. Jules and I have actually been reading it out loud to each other at night.
Meme of the Week
I am just learning about the internet battle between Millenials and Boomers.
I’m loving the memes. I’m tired of Boomers acting like they are better than us when they can’t even figure out how to use Gmail. I said it and I’m not sorry.
Quote of the Week
The purpose of thinking is to let the ideas die instead of us dying”.
– Alfred North Whitehead
This was a weird week for me. I’ve realized that I am not living up to my full potential. It can be hard to get out of bed at 5 am when the mortgage is paid and the money is coming in.
But I need to always remind myself about my purpose, about my mission to be of service. Because when I remember why I do what I do, it is easy to push past the discomfort.
Remember your why. It will fuel you in times of self-doubt and laziness.