Some thought-provoking links

Liz Sumner Progress 1 Comment

I owe you guys a note, and I don’t have inspiring original thoughts at the moment so I’m going to share a couple from Taylor Pearson, a smart guy I follow, who always has interesting things to say.

This week he shared this list of questions to ponder at the end of the year (pretend you’re Chinese).

He says, “Here are the ones I consistently find to be the most useful. I tend to journal about these for at least a few minutes each and find it very useful.”

1. What can I be the best in the world at in 5 years?
2. What would you do tomorrow if you knew you couldn’t fail?
3. What opportunities are in my inbox or calendar right now?
4. 3 years from now where will I have to be in order to be satisfied with my progress?
5. Am I working with the smartest people I know in a space I am excited about?
6. What advice do you think your 80-yr-old self would give you? What would my Dad tell me to do?
7. Is there anything I want to do but feel unqualified to do?

He also shared an article I think is worth passing along. I was just brainstorming ideas for my podcast, I Always Wanted To, and thought it was apropos.

Top Five Regrets of the Dying  by Susie Steiner

“Most people had not honoured even a half of their dreams and had to die knowing that it was due to choices they had made, or not made. Health brings a freedom very few realise, until they no longer have it”

Pearson reads voraciously, and has intriguing notions about the future. I believe him that blockchain will be commonplace very soon but for the life of me I can’t follow it. Maybe you can. Check him out.

Comments 1

  1. I want to address Taylor Pearson’s list. At this point, maybe because I am me and maybe because I am a woman of advancing years, the sense of urgency, of having to do something in a hurry, of having to check things off my bucket list, is not a part of my mindset or life. Something has shifted and I am more interested in “deeper” than “more” or “higher”. My daughter and granddaughter live with me now and, while I may miss a bit of me time, being with them is so profoundly satisfying that the yen has hardly a chance to spark before it is subsumed by laughter or a shared moment.

    Taylor’s #2 assumes that failure is a problem. Having been a teacher for 25 years, I finally get that failure is necessary, the grinder on which a diamond can be polished. What is more likely, though, is that some days things work really well, and some days they don’t. When I write an article for Medium or some other venue, the goal is to express myself clearly and to soothe the itch that topic has excited. Naturally, I hope it will be well received, but I would continue to write even if it weren’t.

    Opportunities abound, time doesn’t. I choose. A few days ago, I went to the symphony, having chosen that particular evening because one piece on the program was the Emperor Concerto, which I love. When the series program arrived in the mail, I chose three out of 100. I am content.

    My 80 year old self is only 7.5 years away. My advice to her is:
    1. Do what you can to stay fit and healthy.
    2. Challenge yourself to something important – learning Italian
    3. Appreciate moments with family and friends – they know who you are and love you anyway.
    4. Look for love and let it come. It may exist in the strangest places.
    5. You are on a journey, not a race. Stop and check a few of the roadside attractions.

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