This week we would like to focus on feedback, otherwise known as constructive criticism. While listening to the “Having It A.L.L” podcast by Matthew Bivens, he simply states, “Feedback is simply information, its not good, bad, right or wrong. Now there is healthy and unhealthy feedback, but that’s more to do with you and the person who is delivering the feedback. And less about what the feedback is.” To elaborate, we should use that information to evolve our creativity in a positive manner whether than assigning a label to it which allows the receiver the take it personally.
Bivens resonates, ” Feedback comes from our trusted instrumentation to help us get back on course.” In other words our destination towards success with feedback isn’t whether you go off course, it’s about how quickly you can get back on course. The three core feedbacks are; a group of people (that you trust), our body and data. To summarize, having a collective group is powerful because you get several different perspectives to help triangulate where you are. Next, our body is constantly giving us feedback. This is simply opening up our awareness to what we feed our body and listening to it. Lastly, data is just a number. It’s us that puts a label on it, internalizes it and takes it personally. Enjoy life and embrace feedback.
This week we would like to focus on existing vs. living in your own life. This is very important because most people don’t use their 24 hours to their advantage. And the difference between the two is how much control you have over your life decisions. Let’s begin with existing. Existing is simply breathing and doing the daily chores. Someone who exists would stay in the same dead-end job for years despite being unsatisfied and unhappy. Their fears have trapped them and they have no plans of getting out. They’ve lost hope and just mindlessly go through the day in order to maintain the status quo. And at the end of the day, it becomes their comfort zone.
To elaborate on the living aspect, it is pure freedom. Living is waking up every morning with a purpose to explore and share your ideas to the world. Once we finally overcome the things we hate, we shall then leap to the things we love. Life will unravel all the opportunities that were going after. In the end, you need to be the one making the decisions for your life. No one should tell you what to do, even your fears and doubts. So please keep this in mind to never exist and to always live. Their is so much more to life than slaving to make the next individual richer. So keep pushing!
This week we would like to focus on being ‘blissfully dissatisfied.’ While watching an interview starring Ed Mylett, he speaks several truthful statements that resonates throughout his life and believes that everyone who’s ‘struggling’ should key in on these factors as well. Ed explains, “…if I bite into a big piece of steak, it’s like complete bliss. Now that blissful moment causes you to want more of it…because like steak, it causes us to want the next bite and become hungrier.” It’s very important to live in a state of being grateful and blissful now, instead of waiting in the near future for a blissful moment that may never arise.
Your bliss is your life’s purpose. Being blissfully dissatisfied relates to being 80/20. 80% = enjoying your pursuit of happiness, 20% = pushing yourself to the next level. Once we encrypt that logic into our life, we will forever be motivated to complete major checkpoints. And remember that it’s important that we celebrate our wins because they mean just as much as the hard-work it took to get there.
This week we would like to key in on identity and values. Our values inform our thoughts, words and actions. Furthermore they are the essence of who we are. We use values to measure right and wrong, to control what we choose to do and to prioritize things that are important to us. Understanding that we value creativity and passion, may help us realize we would be happier doing a job that allowed us to be innovative and nourish our passion or creating our own job that no one will limit our creativity on. During meet-and-greets when we ask individuals, “What do you do?” were simply trying to figure out what their importance is on this earth. The fact that this question comes out quickly indicates how highly we rate work in our culture and how closely we identify ourselves with what we do.
Next is identity. A clear sense of “who you are” makes it easier to connect with other similar people and groups. People with a strong identity often stand out more and are more memorable. In addition, identity helps us make decisions and teaches us how to behave. Having a sense of what kind of person you are allows you to have confidence in your choices and it allows you to accept who you truly are. So always keep these two principals in mind and get to know yourself better as you take a journey through life.
“”The difference between being an employee and being an entrepreneur is that entrepreneurs take on uncertainty.” - Drew Houston
This week we are focusing on the term ‘uncertainty’. What does uncertainty actually mean? Well you just answered your own question there. But what comes with uncertainty comes great positive power. To explain, the process of uncertainty is called life. It’s what keeps things interesting, engaging, and fulfilling. None of us knows where tomorrow may take us since it is never promised, so this day-by-day drive to reach an uncertain success keeps us motivated and up at night. If we all knew we would become successful in our twenties or thirties then we can guarantee that nobody would put in the countless hours to fulfill their dreams as quickly as possible. We have to step through the phase of uncertainty to create something bigger in our life.
Uncertainty leads to three key topics; breakthroughs, confidence and growth. To begin, breakthroughs are normally discovered when we step out of our comfort zones. Furthermore this build’s up thoughts in our mind since we aren’t 100% aware of what’s next, which should ultimately drive you to keep pushing.Secondly, it builds our confidence up! When you successfully move through challenging periods such as starting your own company, changing careers, losing weight, or taking on a new project, you gain one more data point and prove to yourself that you can do it. And lastly is growth. All achievers and entrepreneurs have to move through uncertainty to continue to grow. Save some money, move to a different city, meet new people, explore environments and learn along the way. Become comfortable with uncertainty.