Dream Job

If I were to change careers at this point what would I strive to do?

1. Travel Writer

2. Environmental Activist

3. Oceanographer

4. ?

5. ?

I want my next career path to be intentional.

This was prompted by an email I found printed.  I’m listening to the CD Throw Out Fifty Things and this seriously needs to go, then I read it and realized I emailed myself a copy in March 2009.  Here it is.  Emails are on the list too, but physical stuff is first.  I am going through the 3 2-drawer filing cabinets now so I can move them downstairs and eventually to Salvation Army.  Enjoy the read.

Drug dealing for fun and profit.
New Rich (NR)
Be a deal maker-
What on earth do you do when you no longer have to work as an excuse to be hyperactive and avoid the big questions?
Be terrified and hold onto your ass with both hands, apparently.
Definition:  Reality is merely an allusion.
The freedom multiplier:
If you can free your time and location your money is already worth 3-10 times as much.
Money is multiplied in practical value depending on the number of values you can control in your life.
What When Where Whom
Everything popular is wrong.
The importance of being Earnest.
Relative income is more important than absolute income.
Euphoria and Disphoria
Distress is bad-eustress is good.
Distress-harmful stimuli that make you weaker, less confident and less able.  Destructive criticism, abusive bosses and smashing your face on a curb are examples of this.
Eustress-roll models who push us to exceed our limits, physical training that removes our spare tires and risk that expand our sphere of comfortable action.  Stress that is helpful and the stimulus for growth.  People who avoid all criticism fail.  It’s destructive criticism in all forms.  There is no progress without eustress and the more eustress we can create or apply to our lives the sooner we can actualize our dreams.  The trick is telling the two apart.  The nr are equally aggressive is removing distress and finding eustress.
Many a false step was made by standing still.
Named must your fear be before banish it you can.  Yoda
The power of pessimism-defining the nightmare.
Action may not always bring happiness but there is no happiness without action.  Benjamin Disreali, former British prime minister
To do or not to do.  To try or not to try.
Dont Happy, Be Worry.
It’s just a phase.
Work through the case scenarios:
What we fear doing most is usually what we most need to do.
What do you want?
I have developed adult onset ADD – “Adventure Deficit Disorder”
Answer the following questions
Drawing a blank?
  1. What would you do day to day if you had 100 Million dollars in the bank?
  2. What would make you most excited to wake up in the morning to another day?
  1. Place to visit
  2. Thing to do before you die-memory of a lifetime
  3. One thing to do daily
  4. One thing to do weekly
  5. One thing you’ve always wanted to learn
  1. Great cook
  2. Make christmas dinner without help
  3. Speak Chinese
Avoid paralysis by analysis.
Tomorrow becomes never-no matter how small the task
Don’t attempt more than one comfort challenge at a time
    Learn to eye gaze – 2 days.    No speaking is permitted.  Gazing into the eyes of a partner for 3 minutes.  Until they break contact; focus on one eye and blink occasionally so they don’t think you are a freak.  Practice on people bigger or more confident than yourself and if they get defensive just say “sorry, I thought you were an old friend”.
One does not accumulate but eliminate.  It is not daily increase but daily decrease.  The height of cultivation always runs to simplicity.
Being busy is a form of laziness.  Lazy thinking and indiscriminate action.  Being overwhelmed is often as unproductive as doing nothing and is far more unpleasant.  Being selective, doing less is the path of the productive.  Focus on the important few and ignore the rest.
Lack of time is actually a lack of priorities.
Speed Reading 200% in 10 minutes
1. 2 minutes-use a pen or finger to trace under each line as you read as fast as possible
2. 3 minutes-begin focusing on the 3rd word in from the first work in each line and the 3rd word from the end of the line
     move in from both sides further and further as it gets easier
3.  2 minutes-once comfortable indenting 3 or 4 words from both sides focus on taking only two snap shots aka fixation per line on the first and last indented words
4. 3 minutes-practice reading too fast for comprehension but with good technique from the above 3 techniques for 5 pages prior to continuing to read at a comfortable speed
To read 12000X faster than the top 1% of the population visit
Learn to be difficult when it counts.  Having a reputation for being assertive will help you receive preferential treatment without having to beg or fight for it every time.
Questions and Actions
  1. Get an assistant-even if you don’t need one
As to methods there may be a million and then some, but principles are few.
The man who grasps principles can successfully select his own methods.  The man who tries methods, ignoring principles is sure to have trouble.
–Ralph Waldo Emerson
I not only use all the brains that I have but those that I can borrow.  —
It is far better for a man to go wrong in freedom than to go right in chains.  Thomas H Huxley, English Biologist aka Darwin’s Bulldog
Ask for the world
What would I need to do to [desired outcome]?
Under what circumstances [desired outcome]?
Have you ever made an exception [desired outcome]?
I’m sure you’ve made an exception before havn’t you? Why or Why not?
Put your employer on remote training wheels.
It’s too big a world to spend most of life in a cubicle.
Dont confuse the complex with the difficult.
Self imposed suffering that can be avoided.
There are two types of mistakes.
Mistakes of ambition-result of a decision to act.  To do something.  Made with incomplete information and is to be encouraged.
                –Fortune favors the bold–
Mistakes of sloth-to not do something.  Refuse to change a bad situation out of fear despite all the facts.  This is how learning experiences become terminal punishments.
The person who has more options, has more power.
What if you did a mini retirement?  Spend 3-6 months in a new location that you think you may want to live in.
Recurring-it’s a lifestyle.  3-4 mini retirements per year. (Did it.  year and a half between my last 2 jobs).
Use Orbitz.com
www. escapeartist. com
Outside Magazine hhtp: outside.away.com
gridskipper.com the urban travel guide
Become a travel writer:  writtenroad.com
Teach engrish:  www.esl.com
www workingoverseas .com
language addicts 4-hourworkweek.com
  1. Revisit ground zero-do nothing.  Consider attending a silence retreat for 3-7 days  Learn to slow down the static of the mind    spiritrock.org
  2. Make an anonymous donation to the service organization of your choice    charitynavigator.org
Recommended reading-the fundamental 4:
  1. The Magic of Thinking Big, by David Scwartz
  2. How to Make Millions with Your Ideas, an Entrepreneurs Guide by Dan S Kennedy
  3. The e-myth revisited.  Why most small businesses don’t work and what to do about it by Michael E Gerber
  4. Vagabonding; An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long Time World Travel by Ralph (Rolf ?). Potts
  5. Reducing Emotional and Material Baggage, Walden by Henry David Thorogh
  6. Less Is More; The Art of Voluntary Poverty; edited by Goldie and Vandenbrook
  7. The Monk and The Riddle; the Education of a Silicon Valley Entrepreneur by Randy Commisar (Deferred Life Plan)
  8. The 80/20 Principle by Richard Koch
  9. Muse Creation and Related Skills (Harvard) www hbsp.harvard.edu School Cases
  10. This Business Has Legs by Peter Bieler (100 Million Dollar Merchandising Empire in 2 years-www.mediafunding.com)
  11. Secrets of Power Negotiating by Roger Dawson
  12. Getting Past No
  13. Bargaining for Advantage
  14. Response mag responsemagazine.com
  15. Jordan Whitney Greensheet: jwgreensheet.com
  16. Small Giants by Bo Birlingham
  17. ****Negotiating World Travel and Preparing for Escape – (I can really do this)
  18. Transitions Abroad – transitionsabroad.com (magazine)
Thanks (again) Tim for the inspiration.

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