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Let it flow

The Flow State sits somewhere between anxiety and boredom and requires these for factors to achieve the optimal balance:

  1. Focus
  2. Freedom
  3. Feedback
  4. Optimal Challenge.

I was thinking about the concept of Flow on my wisdom walk the other day.

Try All You Want #15

On this week’s Try All You Want, Clay and Daniel looked at all the various forms of social media, discussed what key components would Clay’s dream social media consist of, looked at the positive and negative impact of social media on creators, mused on the brilliance of the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, argued over an Alice Cooper track and looked at their joint fear of boredom and their respective struggles with that.

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Wisdom Walking with the Hatman: Travelling through Infinity

In today’s podcast, we visit some giddy heights. They are scary places but then with the magic of mathematics we slow time down, and take a second breath. 

Michael Edwards and Denzel Washington give us some inspiration on what we might be able to be if we practice enough.

The mathematical and logical world will prove one thing and our physical selves prove they are wrong. Because we “do” best.

 

Digital Calm #18: Decluttering the Mind

A tidy desk is a tidy mind.

Well, that’s one saying I hope isn’t true because, well, my desk is a mess!

Clearing my desk is easy, but what do you do when your head is messy and full of stuff?

That’s what we get into this week on the Digital Calm, clearing out the head when it gets too full! We share a few of the things we do when our heads get overstuffed.

Here’s the Playlist

Designing your post Covid-19 life

Gail Golden posed an interesting question:

When the world gets back to whatever the next normal may be, do you want your life to be the way it was before, or are there things you’re learning out of this?

In addition to this, what things about your old lifestyle do you hate, and what things are you really looking forward to once this lockdown Hell has ended?

I can’t wait to hang out in coffee shops and mountains again.

Oh and if you’re wondering who Gail Golden is she wrote the book: Curating Your Life: Ending the Struggle for Work-Life Balance.

Golden encourages people to look at the work-life balance equation in a different way:

Instead of thinking we’re circus acrobats trying to juggle our lives while walking on a tightrope, think of yourself as a museum curator pulling together an exhibit. The most important decision to make is, ‘What is your exhibit about?’

Using this model pick out the two or three main “works of art” that is your life and disregard pieces that no longer fit in your life and make other parts of your life side exhibits.

I like the idea of viewing my life as art. It’s something I aspire to as I contemplate the renaissance of Clay.

Golden:

“If you eliminate things that are unimportant and then spend just enough time on the things that are necessary but not important you will have energy to do the things that are your greatness—the things that matter and where your passion lies.”

Of course, it’s not an easy game:

There are things that you may do because they’re meaningful and enriching for you, and things you do that you don’t like very much but your boss or your family needs you to do them. You cannot ignore the priorities of the people around you. The danger is we make everybody else’s priorities more important than your own all of the time. That’s part of work-life balance that doesn’t work

But the bottom line is get clear about what’s real and forge a new path forward.

Wisdom Walking with the Hatman: The “1 from 3” Methodology

In this Episode of Wisdom Walking with the HATMAN, on a very cold morning the HATMAN shares some stories from the distant past and offers some financial thoughts.

We travel back to 1990 and beyond and hear of two mathematicians.

Fast forward and we discuss relationships, honesty, and a cold beer to bring about a lovely change. The “1 from 3” methodology may help us look forward to the future as long as we stay hungry and keep our eyes wide open.

I wonder what my final thoughts will be

I stumbled upon this essay about deathbed regrets.

I thought it was worthy of a coffee contemplation. Here are the five most common regrets expressed by the dying:

I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.
I wish I hadn’t worked so hard.
I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.
I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.
I wish that I had let myself be happier.

Broadly speaking, it seems most people wish for a more meaningful life.

Not the most cheery thing to be thinking about on a Saturday morning.

But it might just be the push you need to make the changes you’ve been avoiding or to do the thing you’ve been saying you’ll do someday.

Note: the essay takes a different slant and encourages people to be skeptical of deathbed regrets. But, then, that’s what philosophers do, isn’t it?

Anyway, here’s the link to the full essay.

Listening Party #001 – International Women’s Day 2021

Hey good folks,

We hosted our very first listening party Monday night. The turnout was small but intimate. We brought our favorite tunes to the party and shared the love. The theme was in honor of International Women’s Day, so we each brought tunes we loved from our favorite female music artists and female-fronted bands. It was nice to chill out with other music lovers and share stories and music together. I’m already looking forward to the next one!

If you missed it, you missed a great party, but don’t worry here’s the playlist from the listening party. Enjoy.

Wisdom Rado Listening Party #001 Playlist

Try All You Want #13 – Does Daniel Have Small Talk Game?

This week, Clay talks biometric chips, grills Daniel about his SMALL TALK game, introduces his co-host to the ‘Lancaster Hook’, and then, well, the whisky kicks in.

The guys also talk jabs, TV reboots, and we introduce a new feature, ‘Clay’s Column’, in which the show controller describes famous album covers of yesteryear.

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