Friday Five: The ‘Secret’ and Straight FIRE from 1841

This is the last Friday of my 20’s. Pour one out for me this weekend. I’ll be traveling to the badlands of Eastern Washington to witness the ancient scenery. In the spirit of travel, Mr. Emerson is back from the 1800’s to weigh-in:

I. A Quote from Ralph Emerson’s Art:

“Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us, or we find it not.”

It’s easy to travel to faraway places: pick a place, book a ticket, and go. It takes a few minutes in total. But, this is the most difficult part. The commitment to move.

What interests me is the number of people I know who aspire to travel to beautiful places, who do not even take the time to explore their own backyard. Whether you’re somewhere in Ohio, a hut in Kansas, or nestled against the Olympic National Park, there’s an adventure waiting for you close to home.

If we can’t find beauty in our backyard, or within ourselves, finding it elsewhere will be a flash in the pan.

Get out and get in.

II. A Question:

Q4 goals are popping up. Naturally, positive goals of adding to our lives or our business plans are the most natural to us. What is one thing – a process, a person, a sugary food that you eat in secret after a stressful day – that you can commit to not doing/eating/having?

For example, if you are concerned with your health and you’re still drinking calories – alcohol, sugary sodas, lattes, milk, juice – stopping the drinking of your calories will have a massive positive impact.

III. Offer:

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*This is not bait to sell you a course. Just some value I want to bring to you for reading this post. The offer expires 12 April 2017.

IV. The ‘Secret’

My friends find it strange that I don’t get excited over opportunities. It’s not that I’m not excited, but it’s that an opportunity is not a reality until a contract has been signed and work begins. It saves energy.

When traveling, the excitement hits once the plane lifts-off. Tangible movement following commitment. A change of state occurred. And in that change is power.

All emotional affectations prior to a commitment are illusory. How different is the political candidate’s campaign messaging from their actions in office?

Pay attention to what is done, not what is said.

The ‘Secret’, then, is to:

Be hungry for a reality, but don’t eat the reality until it’s served.

V. Must Read FIRE from 1841:

Self Reliance by Ralph Emerson

This essay has more depth and value than the last 100 years of perishable self-help books combined. You can read it here for free.

Self-love, self-trust, self-reliance. Regret. Traveling of the mind. Emerson dropped the hottest, timeless philosophical mix tape of the 1800’s.

“Insist on yourself; never imitate. Your own gift you can present every moment with the cumulative force of a whole life’s cultivation; but of the adopted talent of another, you have only an extemporaneous, half possession.”

What negative goals will you focus on? Do you have anything inspiring, thought-provoking, or soul-stirring that you learned this past week? Let me know!



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