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October 13, 2020
Good morning! How do you take your coffee? Are you someone who has iced drinks all year round or switches when the seasons change? I’m a switcher.
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, Dream, Discover.”
MINDSET: Train your brain to win
Jeff Bezos had a great idea, but he wasn’t sure if he would act on it. Of course, we know how this story played out but do we know why he decided to act?
Debating whether to take the plunge and leave his job, Bezos took 48 hours to think it through and used the Regret Minimization Framework. This mental model turned a difficult decision into an easy one.
It starts with a simple question: In X years, will I regret not doing this?
If yes, do it! If not, don’t bother.
Bezos puts it clearly:
“I knew that when I was 80 I was not going to regret having tried this. I was not going to regret trying to participate in this thing called the Internet that I thought was going to be a really big deal. I knew that if I failed I wouldn’t regret that, but I knew the one thing I might regret is not ever having tried.”
The framework forces you to think beyond the moment, past the fears and doubts, and forward into the future. It gives you perspective. You can leverage this mental model for any tough decisions you’ll have to make throughout your life.
Figuring out how to make tough decisions is one of the greatest life skills. What mental frameworks or models do you follow when making decisions?
ACHIEVERS’ ARMORY: Equip yourself with proven tools & tactics
Stop Rolling The Dice With Your Career
There comes a time in almost everyone’s professional career where it is time to leave their current employer. This could be because you want to challenge yourself with a new role, or the company you work for is going down the toilet. Searching for a job is a time-consuming process. For those in the tech world, we have found a job board made for job seekers just like you.
Dice is a well-respected job board that focuses on tech-based positions such as tech developers, engineers, programmers, and tech writers. Their goal is to work directly with leading technology companies to provide a detailed and comprehensive list of the industry’s top open positions. Unlike more popular boards such as Indeed and Monster, Dice is dedicated to vetting and providing high-quality jobs that will match your unique skill set.
Job boards like this are valuable because you know the jobs you are looking for closely align with your experience and career goals. There’s also less competition among applicants. We suggest signing up for their daily or weekly alerts to ensure you never miss a new job opening.
Go here to browse Dice’s job boards.
NEXT LEVEL: Keep your success going
Achievers Circle Book Club
Here’s a list of personal development books to help you achieve more and live your best life. Some of these I’ve read and some are on the list. Each of these books offers unique tools, perspectives, and how-tos to apply to your personal and professional lives.
- The Defining Decade by Meg Jay is all about not breezing through your twenties and taking charge of your early adult life.
- Option B by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant explores how people can pick themselves back up and become stronger after setbacks.
- Atomic Habits by James Clear helps you build the habits you actually want one step at a time.
- Never Split the Difference by Chris Voss illustrates lessons from a former FBI hostage negotiator that you can apply across your life.
- Range by David Epstein provides a compelling case for being a Jack of all trades and spreading your skills far and wide.
- Quiet by Susan Cain is about how introverts fit into workplaces, schools, relationships, and traditional concepts of success.
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STAND UP EIGHT: Triumph & persevere
The Art of the Challenge
Whether it’s running away from tigers, recovering from natural disasters, fighting wars, or surviving from a pandemic, one of the critical qualities that have helped us flourish is resilience.
Resilience is what our Stand Up Eight editorial is all about: “Nana korobi yaoki jinsei wa kore kara da – Fall seven times, rise eight times, life begins anew.”
The philosophy of stoicism illustrates how to build a strong and resilient mindset.
The Stoics deliberately practiced adversity to prepare themselves for real-life, future adversity. They’d callous themselves for better protection in the future. For example, they would expose themselves to the cold and heat, fast from food or water, sleep on hard surfaces, and push their bodies. The philosopher Cato would wear outrageous clothes to practice feeling shame. All of these semi-torturous and creative ways tested their minds in how they would react to different situations.
It’s pretty simple: the more we expose ourselves to discomfort and challenging situations, the more comfortable we become with being uncomfortable, and, ultimately, we are stronger and more robust individuals.
Some Stoic challenges for you to try:
- Take a cold shower or an ice bath to test your mental resistance to the cold.
- Wear something outrageous, channel your inner Elton John and walk around, trying not to get embarrassed.
- Sleep on the floor to test your ability to endure discomfort.
- Try intermittent fasting. Being hungry is always a challenge.
These challenges are simple, and you can take them so much farther than we have here. Each of us is different and will, therefore, be challenged by different things. Work with your fears and turn them into creative challenges. Deliberately seek out what is difficult for you, and you’ll be all the better for it.
SELF-DISCOVERY: Unleash the achiever within
Your Hell Yeah List
As an achiever, you are always looking for more time to complete your tasks and achieve your goals. To find that extra time, you often have to sacrifice attending events and participating in activities. For example, I (Kyle) will often turn off a sporting event before it is over to get a good night’s rest. I also avoid eating big lunches because it makes me tired and want to nap. Anyone who has seen me eat Moe’s for lunch knows what happens.
However, you cannot sacrifice everything for your goals. If you do this, you will become resentful towards the very thing you used to be passionate about. You must achieve a healthy balance between dedicating time to your work and still doing the things in life that bring you joy and happiness. Create a “hell yeah” list.
When an event or activity comes up, and you have to decide if you should skip it for work or go ahead and do it, think about what your reaction is to that thing. Are you thinking, “Hell yeah, I want to do that,” or is it more like, “Yeah, I guess that would be fun?”. If the response is a resounding hell yes, then you should do it. It’s clear that whatever the activity is, it will be worth your time because it will bring you a high level of joy and satisfaction.
For example, when I think about stopping work early to watch Netflix, I think to myself, “Yeah, that would be nice.” It’s something I would like to do, but it’s not something I am overly excited about because I could do it later on. However, if my friend told me he was driving through my town and wanted to get dinner, I would say, “Hell yeah, I haven’t seen you in a while. Let’s do it.” That type of stuff does not come around too often, and I don’t want to miss it.
Your “Hell Yeah list” will clarify what is worth enjoying and what you can skip. As a general rule of thumb, if the occasion happens often or only yields small amounts of happiness, then you can sacrifice it so you can focus on your goals. However, if it’s a rare occurrence and gets you genuinely excited, it’s not something you should miss.
FUN STUFF – COFFEE CHEAT SHEET
We’re giving you the rundown on all the hot coffee drinks you can make/order as we ease into this Fall weather.
- Latte: A shot of espresso and steamed milk with just a touch of foam.
- Cappuccino: A latte made with more foam than steamed milk, often with a sprinkle of cocoa powder or cinnamon on top.
- Americano: An espresso shot diluted in hot water. Pro tip: if you’re making your own, pour the espresso first, then add the hot water.
- Cortado: The perfect balance of espresso and warm steamed milk. The milk is used to cut back on the espresso’s acidity.
- Macchiato: Espresso-based drink that has a small amount of foam on top.
- Affogato: The affogato is an excuse to enjoy a scoop of ice cream any time of day (and any time of year in my opinion). Served with a scoop of ice cream and a shot of espresso, or two.
NEWS BREAK: Stay informed
- Here are five takeaways from SCOTUS nominee Amy Coney Barrett’s Senate hearing on Monday.
- Roberta McCain, the late Senator John McCain’s mother, died at 108.
- An otherwise healthy 25-year-old Nevada man is the first American confirmed to have caught COVID-19 twice, with the second infection worse than the first.
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