“Do something you’re afraid of every day.”

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I finished Tim Ferriss’ Tribe of Mentors yesterday.

Overall, I’m glad I read it. It was a fun read and I’ll likely flip back through it again in a year to see if there would be things I’d glean from other people who I didn’t get anything from in the first read.

I took away the following things from the book:

  • Want to be successful? Work your goddamn ass off.
  • Don’t be a dick.
  • Success isn’t the goal. Executing with focus over and over and over and over and over is. And then over and over and over and over again.
  • Keep it simple. Don’t get bogged down in nitty grit. Fácil. Take it easy, you azizi!
  • Meditate or go for a walk when unfocused.
  • Make/share/focus/do more.

The above were my take aways. There’s confirmation bias in there, as there are things on my radar that I’m looking to validate. It’s like a so-called news junky spending all his time surfing news sites, reading “both sides” and then validating, say, that the reason his house sold for more than expected is because the current president made the economy boom without intelligently weighing in more factors to the scenario.

Lately I’ve been doing things I’m afraid of. Testing myself. Pushing myself.

I was afraid to quit working at a TV station last year that I’ve had the privilege of accessing celebrities and bands for about 5 years. I hated leaving, but I was spending so much time NOT doing my work that it became a distraction. When something I love tips into the direction of 51% negative and 49% positive, it’s time to make a change.

Or to put it another way, this quote is just as inspiring …

“Everything you want is on the other side of fear.”

I’m headed over to that side. Come with me or not. But I’m going!