Posts Tagged ‘Lifestyle’

A New Year, A New Ambition

09/18/2009

Tonight is Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year. And new years require new resolutions. Commitments to becoming better people. To assume new growth strategies in our personal lives, our families, our businesses and our communities. To excel and exceed any prior expectations.

When we are conscious, we are alive, we are energized and we become masters of our own destiny.

Let us become conscious; aware and vigilant of our atmosphere. For us to move forward we must first know where we stand. Personal “power” is the ability to “do”. And to “do” requires that we act in a way that embraces our full attention. Only then can we mold into our ultimate selves. Otherwise, we are no different than machines going through the motions with no soul, no purpose, no intention.

WHO put us here or WHY we’re here, are far less important than the fact THAT we are here.

My goal for the year is to implement the knowledge I’ve acquired over the years into practical application. Yet at the same time to constantly be observant and objective of why I do what I do. A personalized “Vision”, if you will, to guide me towards my life’s goals.

May we all have an awesome year, packed only with great things, and may it all be better than we can possibly imagine!

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Buying Nice Cars And How We Think

09/15/2009

What do you get when you cross a car and the subconscious mind?

It all depends on your attitude!

Allow me to explain. You just bought a new car. And you love it. “Amazing” you think to yourself that you never thought of buying that particular model/brand/style before. You begin to feel as if you found a diamond in the rough. A secret nobody else knows about. But suddenly, as you cruise down the highway, it seems that “everyone” has your car! “They’re selling like hotcakes!” you think.

Now let’s move over to your mind. In reality there are hundreds of cars on the roads at any given moment. Thing is, you never cared to notice them all, and couldn’t possibly notice them all, as that is just too much information for your mind to process. So what the mind does, what we call RAS (Reticular Activating System) is segment your focus on the thing most relevant to you. We only notice things we care about (hence the saying “You’re one-track minded”).

How does this all relate to success?

Well, as you may have caught on by now, success too is a mindset. They say “Success is something you attract by the person you become”. In reality there are hundreds of doors and thousands of opportunities, yet like cars on the road, the mind cannot possibly process and evaluate each one. So it focuses your attention only those most interested by you. You get what you wish for because you don’t get what you don’t wish for (if that makes any sense at all).

When you condition your mind to be always optimistic and seeking success. Success in your life, your family, your business, even the people around you. You subconsciously change your perceptions into reality by filtering-out the noise and clutter that’s irrelevant and zero in on that which matters. Call it the “Find Waldow Effect”.

Next time you think about accomplishing something be positive and be proactive. Look for the opportunities and do something to move toward your success. As the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche once noted “He who has a why can endure any how”. So Focus on what you truly want and let your mind figure out the rest!

Our Perception becomes our reality not as a matter of delusion, but rather by virtue of our brilliant selection process!

5 More Intense Things to Add to Your Bucket List!

08/26/2009

Last Time we brought you5 Things That Should Be on Everyone’s Bucket List. Here are 5 More Intense Things to Add to Your Bucket List! Also don’t miss our recent article How to Achieve Your Bucket List!

(Links included)

Try Wing-suit Base Jumping.
Way intense!

Complete the Navy SEALs Workout. If you thought football practice was hard, wait to till you get a load of this routine. You’ll be running 6 miles a day (5x a week), swimming for 75 minutes solid, and be doing 400 pushups, 500 situps, 160 pullups and 400 dips in less than 30 minutes. Up for the Challenge?

Become James Bond. Discover your inner James Bond at Incredible Adventures 3-day class. Many of the instructors have served in U.S. Special Forces teams. Learn evasive-driving maneuvers, self-defense techniques, weapons tactics. Price Tag: $3,795 from Covert Operations.

Climb to the summit of Everest. Many have fallen in attempt to conquer the highest peak on planet earth. Although it’s been made easier over the decades it still requires immense skill, stamina and endurance. See you at the top!

Travel to Space! It’s been all talk and no show for the number of enterprises scheduled to make space travel the new hotspot destination. But if Virgin Galactic and the others can get their act together, this is the voyage of a lifetime. Price Tag: Starting at $95,000.

5 Things You Must Have on Your Bucket List

08/23/2009

The key to successful living is to keep life exciting. But you can’t always count on others to lighten things up. You have to go out and “make it rain”. The number #1 habit of highly successful people is to be proactive – “carry your own weather” and take charge – and you’re life will never be the same! There are many things you cab start with. Here some suggestions that will differentiate you from the crowd (and impress them at the same time):

  1. Learn a New Language. Venturing into a new vocabulary engages the mind to become more conscious of its own thoughts. (Besides it makes poking fun at English so much more exciting!) Two great places to start: 200 Words and Flash Cards.
  2. Learn a Musical Instrument. Music is often associated with greatness. Einstein played violin, Edison played piano Bob Hope played the saxophone, Charles Dickens played the accordion and billionaire Warren Buffett still plays the ukulele at his shareholder meeting each year!
  3. Go on Vacation! Schedule another honeymoon to Bora Bora, or take your business mobile and travel to Europe for a few weeks. You surely won’t regret it! Here are some famous hot-spots.
  4. Buy an Investment Home. It’s nice to own a home, but how about buying property that provides income and cash flow? Even in tough times there are always opportunities. Robert Kiyosaki says “Go look at 100 homes, make a fair offer on 10 and purchase one that offers you net cash flow” (i.e. that your tenant’s rent exceeds property mortgage and expenses).
  5. Start your Own business. While this seems to be a life-changing decision, it doesn’t have to be. There are many career driven professional who run a part-time business on the side. Those who have read The Four Hour Workweek are familiar with the concept. Every year each of us has a potential million dollar idea, yet we chose to let it pass us by.

Read our follow-up articles

5 More Intense Things to Add to Your Bucket List!

How to Achieve Your Bucket List

9 Qualities That Will Rock Your Career

08/21/2009

From www.dumblittleman.com

Success in life is always relative. Some people are happy with small achievements while there are others who won’t be satisfied until mountains are moved.

Regardless of our ambitions, our career spans through a series of jobs and experiences that truly polish our personality and will. While we all have defining moments that will determine our core beliefs around hard work, persistence, determination, etc., these are all simply components of a greater foundation that defines ‘you’. A rocking rise through corporate ranks involves a radical understanding and possible change in your attitude and behaviors.

There are millions of brilliant people who pursue aggressive career paths and have their sights set on great achievement. While their ability is nothing short of genius, many lack the soft skills that could put them over the top. These are the traits, qualities and understandings are what make good people great. Practical and time tested, mastering and practicing the following qualities will make if difficult for success to elude you.

  1. Out of Box Thinking Many dislike this term but the concept is for real. All it requires is thinking of problems though a different set of eyes, or different dimension. This is why many brainstorming sessions fail; most people sit and think of work problems in the context of what it means to the company, not the user, not the environment, etc. Sit back and try to solve the problem from the eyes of a 6 year old, turn things upside down, and absolutely challenge the norm. Go outside and sit in a subway station (or somewhere you generally don’t sit to work) and think about why other solutions not worked? What has worked?Remember the best ideas come from people who are hands-on with their work. When everyone thinks and recommends a lackluster way, lackluster results will follow. Change your surroundings, change your views, change your thought process and come up with a killer idea!
  2. Taking Ownership When no one is willing to own it, be the first to grab the opportunity. A process involving various stakeholders normally loses vision and momentum. A process with a good leader, input from others, and true direction, has a much better chance of success. Be the person that jumps in and takes on a new project (just don’t over-commit). An ability to own and work towards success is a skill which gives long lasting returns.
  3. Eagerness to Learn After a certain period, a job becomes monotonous and people become bored and eventually even lazy. They lose all the zeal to learn new things and although they won’t admit this, their actions would make you believe they have thrown in the towel and are satisfied with a status quo life and career. If you really want to move ahead, don’t get into this rut. Don’t tune out.Always remain eager to learn; you never know what knowledge or capability will push you up in your career. Remember, you need an open mindset and positive attitude to approach work. If you are constantly learning, it will be tough to be or appear to be interested in mediocrity.
  4. An Eye for Detail If you are hands on with your work there is no reason why you won’t know the intricacies involved. Therefore, have the confidence needed to make difficult choices. When you master something and know the minute details, your logic and ideas will be highly regarded. While people love to argue, they get easily impressed by intelligent reasoning too.
  5. Willingness to Help Much of life is give and take. Work is no exception. If you are the person that is constantly stepping out of your comfort zone in order to help others, people (most) will return the favor when you ask. That’s the key though, you have to be willing to help someone and not too proud to ask them for help when you need it.
  6. Networking Your network should never be restricted to people in your domain but it should span other departments too. Again, break away from comfort and get engaged with someone from a different department. When you sell yourself in the market, you need people who can vouch for you and the broader the network, the better. A strong network always gives you an upper hand, not only to receive but also influence the information flow.
  7. Solution Seeking Mindset People love to mention and talk about problems. However, when you ask for their solutions to those problems, they aren’t willing to go on record with sweeping changes. The majority of employees lack an attitude to solve issues and love to keep them burning for long time, almost to encourage sympathy. It is these times that a positive mindset can send the right vibes across and can really give you a lot of attention. Don’t avoid complainers, listen to them just long enough to hear the problem, then try to come up with a solution.
  8. Humility Arrogance has its own advantages but it never attracts more people than the magic done by humility. When you know your work and are humble about it than there is no reason that you would not get the desired appreciation. Humility needs to be pitched with much care lest it lets people take undue advantage of you. Strike the right balance and you would see its real magic.
  9. Being Practical Human beings are emotional and many fall for popular decisions. A practical decision made at right time with right attitude has the ability to shower you with long lasting fame. Remember, the people who are at the top are nothing but practical.

It is a jungle out there where you not only need to survive but flourish too. Develop the killer attitude for success and no one would ever dare to stop you.

Always:

  1. Work Hard
  2. Make sure the world knows about it
  3. Make sure to sell it in right manner to right people

Go, Get Success!

On Success

08/18/2009

When you can’t relate to people you can’t envy them. Why are people jealous of Bill Gates but not the Queen of England? A man can be perfectly fine with his life, family and career – and then he gets invited to a college reunion.

If you believe in a top for society then you also believe in a bottom. The problem with an elitist mindset is that it raises you up by lowering others. True greatness is achieved by helping others through your strengths.

We fear the ridicule and judgement of failure (lack of acceptance). It’s not the physical pain or even self-deterrence that plagues us but what others will say. This has become extremely prevalent due to mass-media and the internet. The higher they rise the farther they fall.

We must differentiate between loser and someone who has lost  (Hamlet wasn’t a loser). I guess it also goes together with the difference between poor and broke. The former is a frame of mind, the latter is a mere point in time. Tragedy too is a mindset that either brings man down to his own insecurities, or helps him rise above them.

You can’t be successful at everything – so choose what you wish to give up. Know something about everything, and everything about something. That way you’re always either learning or teaching. You can’t be the best at many things, but you can be the best you.

We must be the authors of our own ambitions. Many people stumble simply because they lack direction, a conscious awareness of what they truly want out of life. It’s because of this that so many remain underdeveloped in their potential and get side-tracked by what others have come by – many times only by chance. True, you can’t always choose your destiny, but that doesn’t mean you have to give up at the first sign of resistance.

Find what makes you tick, develop it to the fullest potential possible and then radiate it to others.

I Dare You To Put This on Your Bucket List

07/16/2009

When I say the words “Mountain Wingsuit” – What on earth comes to mind? Watch this and then tell me what you think!

Hectic!

New Search Engine from Microsoft

07/14/2009
It’s called Bing. One of the most interesting features I’ve found, gives you a graph of airfare pricing over a 30 Day period, and suggests whether its worth to buy now or wait till prices fall.

Check it out. Here’s a sample of New York to Los Angeles flights.

Tim Ferriss Lifestyle Design

07/14/2009

Some interesting things you can try once you have your passive cash flow life under control. Find these and other blog posts at fourhourworkweek.com/blog.

On Happiness

07/10/2009

David Fischman, is an acclaimed author. Among the many fascinating studies and statistics that Mr. Fischman presents, one struck me in particular: By age 10 the average child in the Western world has seen one million advertisements. Denmark, Fischman pointed out, was rated in a recent study as the country with the happiest people, and is also the country with the least amount of public advertising. Fischman suggests that perhaps happiness is directly linked to the amount of options we are offered. Those with higher exposure to advertisements hawking all types of wares, covet more and are therefore become more miserable not be able to fulfill all their desires. In Denmark, where they are not that exposed to advertisements and all the options they offer, people are more content with what they have. Confirming the idiom: Happiness results from being at peace with wanting what you have, instead of having what you want.

Thus, happiness is not a verb, but a noun. It is not driven by actions, acquisitions – going out and buying something. Objects can make us happy for a while, but happiness is a state of being. And each of us is inherently a happy person. We were born happy. Just witness children. And then due to sad attitudes of those around us we learn to become unhappy, and the inherent happiness in our souls gets buried beneath layers of despondency driven by many forces – insecurities, fears, and yes, also all those options that marketers are selling us, promising… happiness.

The key to happiness is in accessing your inner self and realizing that whatever you acquire in life is a blessing and an opportunity. The “pursuit of happiness” is something we strive for daily. We don’t find happiness on a beach in Barbados but in the challenges, self-incurred or otherwise, that we face on a daily basis. It’s in climbing to the summit of Everest without oxygen even though it’s many times harder. Or in training to run a marathon for the first time. It’s not in what it is, but in the innate sense of personal fulfillment – and happiness – that it achieves.

14 Reasons I Left Facebook

06/30/2009

I re-activated then re-de-activated my account today. I had to remember why I left. Now I have… the 14 Reasons I Left Facebook:

  1. Notifications can get quite annoying and there’s no way to filter out which are important and which are not.
  2. Event invites are the lamest thing I’ve ever witnessed. I know someone who missed his close friends engagement party because “You mean you didn’t get my Facebook invite?”
  3. It is always possible for things to be too close for comfort. When you lose control of the information you project to the world, crazy things happen… and people divorcing their spouses in pursuit of their college sweethearts is part of that phenomenon.
  4. If there is any etiquette left in this generation it’s definitely not reflected on Facebook.
  5. You want emails, birthdays, personal info? Most people don’t post that stuff anyway.
  6. It seems that my theory on the “Facebook Paradigm” (see bottom) stands and the only people who have time to talk to you are the ones who should be put away.
  7. People have this obsession with having as many friends as possible. I’m not sure if this is self-validation or for fun but studies show indicate that the human mind cannot retain personal information for groups larger than 150 – and that’s for a first-rate mind.
  8. Trust me when I say: Everything that can be done through Facebook can be done without it… besides…
  9. If you do need something, you have a 100% better chance getting the answer you need in the time you need it by using either a phone or email.
  10. Facebook chat doesn’t work that well… (“sending”…)
  11. People could stalk you but you can’t stalk them… because you have stuff to do. (More traction for the “Facebook Paradigm”).
  12. Ok, so you can’t see the dorky pictures of your friends oh-so-cool party that you missed. So that’s one in favor…
  13. Twitter, I think, already fills the basic gap that many have in their lives: To be seen and to be heard.
  14. And finally… Facebook tries to validate that which so few people have: a Life. Get out and do something! We spend so much time trying to fill all the new free time we’ve been enriched with from generations of successful industry and innovation. Go hang out with your friends, fly a kite, do something stupid in public… but to sit in front of a computer for hours on end trying to make something of not-much rejects the value of “time-value”.

The Facebook Paradigm
There are 2 types of people on Facebook (and Twitter for that matter – I hate to generalize but its true): The Dead and The Living. Those who have lives and those who don’t. It seems to be the job of those who do to upload their lives in order to supplement the lack thereof to the less fortunate. If you have a life, live it! Also, you can now actually hang out, talk, show-off to your friends (enemies?) next time you see them (now that you’re not just stalking them online). Facebook is not bad. It’s just that it’s gotten way out of hand.

Is $1 Million Enough To Retire?

06/22/2009
The issue of the decade, and if it isn’t yet it soon will be, is a simple matter of retirement-ability. While $1 Million used to be good enough to get you buy (pun intended), it seems that along with a once strong dollar goes the hope of so many Americans who live the work-40-years then retire-rich mentality. Sure we have our 401ks, IRAs and MEWs, but the fact remains, it just might not be enough.

In a recent U.S. News article, the matter is addressed. Without petty details, there are 3 main issues that must be reckoned with: How much you have, how much you’ll make, and how long you’ll live.

Chances are, what you have isn’t enough to retire on. And chances are that what you make today won’t suffice till tomorrow, especially if Merck comes out with a miracle drug that make you live to 105.

About your “safe” job, who says you’ll last another X years? Service workers in GM 30 years ago were in what they considered the safest job in the World. Today they’re being let go.

And what about Inflation: “I know”, most people will say “I lose about 2-3% annually to a declining Dollar”. No! That’s so 90s. With all the money the Government is pumping into the system to save the economy we are probably looking at 70s-style inflation all over – we’re talking about a possible 10-15% annual increase in the basic cost of living.

So what to do? To make more you have got to think bigger. You may want to consider starting your own business with the skills you’ve accumulated over the years. It’s a lot easier than people think. The problem is that people often don’t.

You may also want to consider alternative investments that aren’t Dollar based. Allocation to gold or may suffice, or maybe some international investments such as foreign real estate or stock funds. But when stuck between two options… always choose a third:

Split up your retirement
In the 4HWW, Ferriss brings great yet simple logic to the table: If you hate your job, why would you want to suffer with it for the next 10, 20, 30 years? If you love it why would you want to retire at 65? If you don’t have the millions necessary for retirement, your job won’t help. If you’re so entrepreneurial that you have made your millions, what makes you believe you’d just resort to sitting on the beach all day once you do turn 65?

By splitting up your life into a series on “mini-retirements” you get the best of both worlds, allowing yourself to enjoy life while you’re still young and saving some for your old age.

“But how do you do that? How can I take time off what I do? How can I have fun for the same price of my current lifetsyle?”. This my freinds is what our blog is all about!

Firing your worst best freind: Email

06/11/2009
“What could be added to he who has money but no job, time and people to enjoy it with, and an empty inbox?

I have revolutionized my Email. Results: Unreal! I used to get over 50 emails a day, (that’s 350 a week if you’re on vacation). This ranged from investment newsletters, to spam mail, to Facebook notifications to emails from friends and family. This does to your head a OCD of checking email constantly. Some people don’t even log off! How sad!

About 2 months ago, I decided enough was enough. I cracked down. Goal: Check email once a week.

  • First I made a new rule: No email in the mornings (or whenever I wake up).
  • I then created a list of spam and label filters that sent everything to its proper place. Goodbye odd jobs applications and millions I could be losing. I think I’ll be fine.
  • Next, I deactivated Facebook. (See explanation below).
  • Next, I went on an unsubscribing frenzy. I opted-out of everything. Everything!
  • Finally, I enabled the following auto-responder:

Dear Freinds,

Due to high workload, I am currently checking and responding to email once daily at 4:00 P.M. ET. If you require urgent assistance that cannot wait until 4:00 P.M., please contact me via phone at 555-555-5555. Thank you for understanding this move to more efficiency and effectiveness. It helps me accomplish more to serve you better.

Sincerely,
Me

Why No Facebook?
“What? How do you stay in contact with the world?”. Two words: Phone and email. I believe there are 2 people on Facebook (and Twitter for that matter): The Dead and The Living. Those who have lives and those who don’t. It seems to be the job of those who do to upload their lives in order to supplement the lack thereof to the less fortunate. If you have a life, live it! Also, you can now actually hang out, talk, show-off to your friends (enemies?) next time you see them (now that you’re not just stalking them online). My objection again is not that it’s bad. Just that it’s gotten way out of hand.

On Unsubscribing and Secondary Email
Unsubscribe from everything. This could take time as many emails come weekly, or even monthly. If its too hard to unsubscribe, just hit “Report Spam”.

But what about that cool newsletter you love to read. For this I suggest you open a new email account exclusively for such pursuits. This address should be forwarded to your primary address filtered to go directly into a folder (see below) to be checked no more than once a week. It should then be printed out and read in your own time.

How To forward your secondary email using Gmail:

  1. Sign up to your new email address at Gmail.com
  2. Return to your primary address and click “Settings” on the upper right hand corner, and click on “Accounts”.
  3. Go to the second option “Get mail from other accounts”
  4. Click on “Add a mail account you own”.
  5. Follow instructions. A new label should be made on the left with the name of your new email.
  6. Now go to “Filters” in “Settings” and create a filter (bottom) to send all mail sent “To” your new address directly to that folder, skipping the inbox.
  7. Check this label once a week.

Trust me on this: That first day you open your email for the first time in 24-hours and find nothing… it’s a great feeling!

How to Discover Your life Purpose in about 20 Minutes

06/08/2009
The following is a post from Steve Pavlina’s Blog. (No adaptations have been made).

How to Discover Your Life Purpose in about 20 Minutes

By Steve Pavlina

How do you discover your real purpose in life? I’m not talking about your job, your daily responsibilities, or even your long-term goals. I mean the real reason why you’re here at all — the very reason you exist.

Perhaps you’re a rather nihilistic person who doesn’t believe you have a purpose and that life has no meaning. Doesn’t matter. Not believing that you have a purpose won’t prevent you from discovering it, just as a lack of belief in gravity won’t prevent you from tripping. All that a lack of belief will do is make it take longer, so if you’re one of those people, just change the number 20 in the title of this blog entry to 40 (or 60 if you’re really stubborn). Most likely though if you don’t believe you have a purpose, then you probably won’t believe what I’m saying anyway, but even so, what’s the risk of investing an hour just in case?

Here’s a story about Bruce Lee which sets the stage for this little exercise. A master martial artist asked Bruce to teach him everything Bruce knew about martial arts. Bruce held up two cups, both filled with liquid. “The first cup,” said Bruce, “represents all of your knowledge about martial arts. The second cup represents all of my knowledge about martial arts. If you want to fill your cup with my knowledge, you must first empty your cup of your knowledge.”

If you want to discover your true purpose in life, you must first empty your mind of all the false purposes you’ve been taught (including the idea that you may have no purpose at all).

So how to discover your purpose in life? While there are many ways to do this, some of them fairly involved, here is one of the simplest that anyone can do. The more open you are to this process, and the more you expect it to work, the faster it will work for you. But not being open to it or having doubts about it or thinking it’s an entirely idiotic and meaningless waste of time won’t prevent it from working as long as you stick with it — again, it will just take longer to converge.

Here’s what to do:

  1. Take out a blank sheet of paper or open up a word processor where you can type (I prefer the latter because it’s faster).
  2. Write at the top, “What is my true purpose in life?”
  3. Write an answer (any answer) that pops into your head. It doesn’t have to be a complete sentence. A short phrase is fine.
  4. Repeat step 3 until you write the answer that makes you cry. This is your purpose.

That’s it. It doesn’t matter if you’re a counselor or an engineer or a bodybuilder. To some people this exercise will make perfect sense. To others it will seem utterly stupid. Usually it takes 15-20 minutes to clear your head of all the clutter and the social conditioning about what you think your purpose in life is. The false answers will come from your mind and your memories. But when the true answer finally arrives, it will feel like it’s coming to you from a different source entirely.

For those who are very entrenched in low-awareness living, it will take a lot longer to get all the false answers out, possibly more than an hour. But if you persist, after 100 or 200 or maybe even 500 answers, you’ll be struck by the answer that causes you to surge with emotion, the answer that breaks you. If you’ve never done this, it may very well sound silly to you. So let it seem silly, and do it anyway.

As you go through this process, some of your answers will be very similar. You may even re-list previous answers. Then you might head off on a new tangent and generate 10-20 more answers along some other theme. And that’s fine. You can list whatever answer pops into your head as long as you just keep writing.

At some point during the process (typically after about 50-100 answers), you may want to quit and just can’t see it converging. You may feel the urge to get up and make an excuse to do something else. That’s normal. Push past this resistance, and just keep writing. The feeling of resistance will eventually pass.

You may also discover a few answers that seem to give you a mini-surge of emotion, but they don’t quite make you cry — they’re just a bit off. Highlight those answers as you go along, so you can come back to them to generate new permutations. Each reflects a piece of your purpose, but individually they aren’t complete. When you start getting these kinds of answers, it just means you’re getting warm. Keep going.

It’s important to do this alone and with no interruptions. If you’re a nihilist, then feel free to start with the answer, “I don’t have a purpose,” or “Life is meaningless,” and take it from there. If you keep at it, you’ll still eventually converge.

When I did this exercise, it took me about 25 minutes, and I reached my final answer at step 106. Partial pieces of the answer (mini-surges) appeared at steps 17, 39, and 53, and then the bulk of it fell into place and was refined through steps 100-106. I felt the feeling of resistance (wanting to get up and do something else, expecting the process to fail, feeling very impatient and even irritated) around steps 55-60. At step 80 I took a 2-minute break to close my eyes, relax, clear my mind, and to focus on the intention for the answer to come to me — this was helpful as the answers I received after this break began to have greater clarity.

Here was my final answer: to live consciously and courageously, to resonate with love and compassion, to awaken the great spirits within others, and to leave this world in peace.

When you find your own unique answer to the question of why you’re here, you will feel it resonate with you deeply. The words will seem to have a special energy to you, and you will feel that energy whenever you read them.

Discovering your purpose is the easy part. The hard part is keeping it with you on a daily basis and working on yourself to the point where you become that purpose.

If you’re inclined to ask why this little process works, just put that question aside until after you’ve successfully completed it. Once you’ve done that, you’ll probably have your own answer to why it works. Most likely if you ask 10 different people why this works (people who’ve successfully completed it), you’ll get 10 different answers, all filtered through their individual belief systems, and each will contain its own reflection of truth.

Obviously, this process won’t work if you quit before convergence. I’d guesstimate that 80-90% of people should achieve convergence in less than an hour. If you’re really entrenched in your beliefs and resistant to the process, maybe it will take you 5 sessions and 3 hours, but I suspect that such people will simply quit early (like within the first 15 minutes) or won’t even attempt it at all. But if you’re drawn to read this blog (and haven’t been inclined to ban it from your life yet), then it’s doubtful you fall into this group.

Give it a shot! At the very least, you’ll learn one of two things: your true purpose in life -or- that you should unsubscribe from this blog. ;)

Update 8/8/06: Be sure to read the follow-up to this article, especially if you’re having trouble with this particular approach (there’s an alternative method you can use): The Meaning of Life: Discover Your Purpose.


So what DO you DO?

06/07/2009
I have always been of the creative nature. When I was 4 years old I wanted to be an astronaut (I still do). When I was 7, I dreamed of moving to Alaska and living as an Eskimo in a mansion igloo. So the question “What do you want to be when you grow up?” always seemed foreign to me. There were always too many options.

It seems that things haven’t improved much. The only thing that has changed is the question, “What do you do?” You can’t imagine how many people ask me this with a face of curiosity and interest only to become ever more confused by my answers. I’m constantly tempted to just end it all quickly with something there’s just no follow up for. “I’m a drug dealer” “I’m a rodeo clown”. Or how about this one “Fortune Cookie Writer” (yes, they get paid).

You have a personal business card. What’s your official title? I always wanted to fill this query with something that would fill every possible playing field, regardless of whether I was studying religion, backpacking throughout South America, doing community service or running a Fortune 500. I thought of “Entrepreneur” but it had too much of a monetary ring to it.

“Vagabond” sounded cool and funky at first, but it lost its luster when Webster’s defined it as “a wanderer without fixed income… unsettled, irresponsible or disreputable life“. (Just not me.)

I tried “Lifestyle Guru” which sounded like someone who has it all figured out but it sounded a bit too egoistic and “know-it-all-ish”.

Then I found it! It was inspired by Tim Ferriss author of The Four Hour Workweek (who is in fact my Lifestyle Guru): Life Hacker. It was love at first sight. Life Hacker implied someone who is actively involved in deciphering life in a way that makes it as fun and fulfilling as possible. We “hack” life much of the same way programs are hacked. Find the inefficiencies and open-doors and take advantage of them, beating the system if you will. Imagine if you could pack 36 hours of life into a day of just 24, or learn a new language in less than 6 months, or make $40,000 a year without showing up! That’s the work of the Life Hacker.

It’s about working smarter, not harder. It’s about living and fulfilling your time on earth, not someone else’s.