Sisyphus is a figure in Greek Mythology, a wise and cunning king who committed crimes against Gods, and was thus condemned to eternal hard labor. His everlasting punishment was to roll a big rock uphill, only to watch it roll back down for the sake of doing the job again and again. Hard, frustrating, exhausting and meaningless labor without end. But Sisyphus manages to push the rock all the way to the summit, again and again. Without any failure. In a way we could say that Sisyphus is successful. Bruce Lee was definitely a Sisyphus, that’s why he said he’s not afraid of a man who practiced 10,000 kicks one time, but of a man who practiced one single kick 10,000 times. I bet Sisyphus became the best mountain rock carrier.
A big disadvantage of today’s time is the so-called “fast food” characteristic of the society. You can see it in almost every aspect of life. Not only are fast food restaurant chains thriving, people want to get rich overnight, relationships that last years are a weird thing, and the average person unlocks their mobile phone around 200 times per day and locks it back the next second. The “fast food” society brings many problems – from overspending and overeating to shallow relationships and high anxiety levels. But the mother of those problems is absolutely the shortened attention span. The average attention span of a human today is 8 seconds. Be different and better. Commit to building the longest attention span of all humans in the world.
I’ve seen it over and over again. A weak character in a strong environment, with lots of support and positive role models, starts to flourish. On the other hand, the strongest and brightest character in a bad environment gets corrupted and shady. The environment around you is leading you to a certain kind of outcomes, because it influences your decisions and which part of your character gets emphasized. So it makes sense to deal a lot with the environment you operate in as part of continuous improvement and personal growth. Especially because you also have the power to change it to a certain extent. Much like you are a product of your environment, so is the environment a product of you.
Intermittent fasting is a light version of real fasting and starving yourself, but more about it soon. It sounded like a good idea, and even if my body, emotions and mind were kind of protesting hard, I decided to give it a try. Only for a few days, to see how hard it is for me to follow and what the results are. I lost 3 kg (6.6 pounds) and almost 2 % of body fat in the past two months and I love it. That was a result exclusively from intermittent fasting and switching from car to bike. My training levels stayed pretty much the same (excluding bike rides). Intermittent fasting definitely works for me, so maybe you should also give it a try. In this blog post, I will explain the basics of intermittent fasting and you can then decide if it’s worth trying or not, or at …
You probably know what dominos are. A very interesting fact about dominos is that a domino can knock down a domino of about 150 % its size. The compounding effect in this phenomenon is enormous. If the first domino is just two inches tall with every domino being 1.5x bigger, the 57th one is almost as big as the distance to the moon. But in order to knock down a really big domino, you have to start with a small one. If we apply this concept to real life, we can describe it with the mantra “Think big, but start small”. That’s how overnight success is build. You make the first step and then you constantly improve yourself until with the compounding effect, you finally achieve your big goals and dreams.
Many times, we feel stuck in life. You may feel like you are stuck in a relationship, in a job or in life in general. It happens to all of us. It’s a shitty mixture of feeling paralyzed, depressed, overwhelmed, hopeless, being in doubt about the future and many other similar negative feelings. You may not have suicidal thoughts, but feeling stuck can often go even so far that you may just want things to be over (with your life). It’s definitely not a pleasant feeling. You usually get stuck after making a series of bad decisions. It can be a few major bad decisions like getting into business with the wrong person, making a big bad investment etc. or several small bad decisions like not taking care of your body daily, drinking too much alcohol, not following your True North, ignoring your feelings etc. No wonder that people most …
Curiosity is one of the most important values you have to develop and nurture if you want to be successful. Even if everybody wants to kill it in you. The main reason for that is because with curiosity, you can easily get engaged, commit to understanding, acquire new knowledge and deliver results (without real effort), and people see that very quickly, love it and want to be a part of it. Not many people are utterly obsessed to understand something and then use it in some productive new way. That’s probably what makes curious people so special. So always stay hungry, always stay foolish.
Every single startup has to go through the Valley of Death very early after being born. The same goes for personal goals and dreams. Unfortunately, around 80 % or even more businesses die in the Valley of Death; and the same goes for people’s goals and dreams. Getting trapped or lost in the Valley of Death means that startups and people die (inside) or at least turn into zombies. The Valley of Death is a place where it gets tested who has the character to succeed and who doesn’t, it gets tested who really deserves it and who doesn’t. The Valley of Death is a place where you must show that you want it badly enough, that you will never give up, that you will learn, improve, adjust, play smarter and smarter, and somehow find a way through the Valley reaching the safe side.
Your approach to life must always be proactive. You always have to be one step ahead of life and even of yourself – or, to be more exact, your instinctive behavior. You should never do things only because you are used to doing them or other people are doing them, but always ask yourself why you are doing certain things and where does that lead you. Proactive living also includes planning how many breaks you take during the day and what kind of activities you do when you have the time off. You aren’t only more productive during working hours if
Your body is the hardware and your brain is the piece of hardware that runs the code - software. You’ve inherited and acquired your code with genes, primary and secondary socialization, through main authoritative relationships in your youth, different early life experiences, trends in your environment, culture, friends, and so on. Most of the code (your character) that defines how you operate in your adult life was written in the first 7 years of your life. In a healthy environment, with many healthy relationships and positive behavioral patterns, you take over lines of biological code that are positive, productive, assertive. But if you are raised in a very toxic environment, your code can be seriously malfunctioning and damaged. That kind of a malfunctioning code leads to developing personality traits that are harmful to you and even others. The good news is that you have the power to reprogram yourself, to …