As most of you may have noticed by now, I like to relate my articles to things I actually do or think about in my real life. On Monday, I came down with a nasty stomach virus that forced me to leave work early. I felt like shit, went home, and got some rest. When I woke up I got to thinking about how being the type of guy I am, who handles a ton of shit on his plate daily, I can’t afford much downtime, but I’m also not a machine either. Today I’ll cover my insights on why downtime is necessary, and how you can use it to your advantage.
This is the introduction to a multi-post series I will revisit in the future.
I recently stumbled upon a set of principles that Ben Franklin used to develop his character at age 20. He actually developed a system and carried a card around with each of the virtues on it, along with a check box for each of the week. Each time he disobeyed a virtue, he’d check it off for that day. Today I’ll go over each virtue, and how it relates to our modern day, as well as red pill theory and life as a whole.
Whether you’re about about to make that last rep, about to get that last mile in, or 20 minutes out from completing a project, there seems to be this voice telling you that “this is too hard” and “just give up.” I’ve worked to ignore this voice and push myself harder than I ever could by grinding on and keeping things moving. To me, that is the key to overcoming your own self doubt and unreal limitations.
If frame is our personal set of boundaries, and sense of self that we do not change, then my topic today kind of plays off of that concept. As a leader, you get to decide what your family is subjected to on a daily basis. If nothing else, you can mitigate the amount of toxicity they are exposed to and you can use this added time to build a stronger relationship with your family.
This past January, I took a new position at a very large company. It is a high stress, very demanding job that I knew I could get through if I dealt with it and didn’t give up. At times I was very irritable, tired, and generally wiped out. Being a leader means keeping morale high when things are going crazy. Today I’ll share my experience on how your behavior, mood, and demeanor affect those who look to you as a leader, and shine some light on what I did to get through the stressful times.
Lets cut to it, if you’re a married guy with kids, you’re going to have a busy life. Between getting your kids to school, dealing with work, after school activities, birthday parties and all the other things you have to handle, things can get a little out of control it may seem. Rather than letting it get to you, you have to come up with ways to override the time constraints you have. Below are 5 that I use that help me stay on track.