When I first embarked on reinventing myself, I didn’t have many stories, insights, and lessons from the journey to reinvention. I often felt alone or like the crazy one that lost his way. However, that doesn’t have to be the case for you. Reinvention is challenging enough on its own, we don’t need to feel alone or like we have lost our way. This blog will help you learn from my experiences and those I have had the opportunity to learn from. This is the blog I wish I would have been able to follow and read when I first embarked on the journey to reinvention.
Before my first reinvention, I feared giving up on my career progress, experiences, and education. However, it turns out the fear of not trying scared me even more. “What if” is more painful than “what have I done.”
Going to university was very expensive. Knowing I would have to pay back the huge loans drove and empowered me to pursue any and all learning interests. Sometimes against the advice of university counselors and mentors.
When it comes to email, I designed a system to collect and put problems on hold without solving them. In other areas of life, I address problems right away, by design. Now, I’m looking for other ways I can design for addressing problems right away, rather than saving them for later.
I started writing so that I could document and publish old ideas, however, what I discovered was that writing is actually how I develop new and better ideas. Writing is more about surfacing new ideas than it is about documenting old ones.
Robert Kiyosaki teaches us to pay ourselves first every paycheck by saving 10% off the top. Upon reflection, it turns out his advice applies to our well being too.
A line from Neil Gaiman’s MasterClass helped me realize that only in failure can we learn what success fails to teach us. The perspective from reaching the finish line of a failed race is quite different and valuable to learning and growing.
Recently, I realized that doing what I love consistently and regularly over a long period of time has attracted some of the most important opportunities and successes of my life. In this article, I share how exactly that happened.
While listening to the book, Power Broker by Robert Caro, I discovered that we respond to and grow with our circumstances, environment, friends, colleagues, etc. for better or for worse. The changes are small and subtle, and over time, make an impact.
For many years now, I have been applying the clear lenses of hindsight to my foresight. This shift has allowed me to get the most of almost any situation so that future me looks back and appreciates even a bad experience.
One an apartment tour the other day, I learned a powerful lesson from the leasing agent that helped me upgrade my home to 30,000 square feet of space.
Reflecting on past limiting beliefs, I discovered that sometimes they come back in different forms. They are harder to recognize and just as distracting. Fortunately, giving myself time and space allowed me to see what I couldn’t see before.
Back in 2012, I read Jane McGonigal’s book, Reality is Broken, and learned the 4 key design elements of any game. This has changed the way I approach teaching and even my own life design.