When you have a day that smacks you in the face with knowledge it’s always wise to tell someone. There were three things that I wrote down today plus one bonus that was a clear takeaway on life. Takeaways for a better life perhaps in a lot of cases and ways to get us out of the funk we may be in depending on where we are at.
Tim Ferriss’ podcast. Ok, ok, no I’m not a paid shill for the Tim Ferriss podcast. A fan that tries to really listen to everyone on there and take away points that are going to better my life, and everyone else’s life, around me. Tim Ferriss’ podcast with Adam Robinson has quickly become one of my, if not the favorite episode I’ve listened too. There were zero expectations going into it. I’d heard Adam Robinson previously on an earlier podcast and had taken note of his approach to the markets. “That doesn’t make sense” was a life lesson for himself when gauging what to think of events happening in the stock market.
To make a long story short he was highly introverted as a kid and went through bouts of depression through most of his adult life until he hit the age of 40 and things really began to change and come into focus. You get the sense listening to him that he is incredibly smart and intuitively knows how to solve problems that arise in his life. So what were the takeaways or as he put it three rules for success:
- Fun, enthusiasm, & delight in everything that you do. The starting point to approaching life has to be with fun and enthusiasm. Entering this type of mindset before you take on any task and realise that life is short so why be in a bad mood. This one for me isn’t necessarily easy but ok, I’m listening.
- Connecting with everyone you encounter using the maximum amount of effort. Actively engaging with those people you interact with on a daily basis even if it’s simply the person who is making your coffee in the morning. I have always witnessed my mom take this approach in life and countless times write this down as something to follow. Not easy but absolutely the truth.
- Lean into each moment expecting that magic or miracles will happen. In other words, go into every encounter imaging that only the best outcome will happen. This notion runs parallel to what James Allen talks about in As A Man Thinketh. “As he thinks, so he is; as he continues to think, so he remains.” (As A Man Thinketh, p. 20). Imagine the greatest of outcomes in each encounter and it will propel you forward into encountering that very magic.
This blog post was written from these very places. I sat down feeling in a good mood and hoping to connect with people. Hoping to share these takeaways so that someone else may benefit too and imagining big things (book deal anyone reading?). Truthfully though he left me with this idea on life, coming out of his own bouts of depressing, and echoed on an earlier episode of the podcast with Tony Robbins. It’s all about the other person. Tim Ferriss’ paraphrased Tony Robbins at this point saying: “The best medicine to fix yourself is to stop focusing on yourself.” Ok morning pages point taken. Enough internal focus lets’s re-focus outside and see what happens.
I encourage you to experience Adam yourself (or follow along on Twitter @IAmAdamRobinson) on the podcast and listen to the stories in his own words. Of not, listen to how he became Bobby Fischer’s protege (Yes, the most famous chess champion to have ever lived, Bobby Fischer).
If that wasn’t cool enough I sent Adam an e-mail shortly after listening to the podcast and in my e-mail had quoted the Steve Jobs’ commencement speech on finding what you love to do. He responded back with this:
“And Yes Sean, never settle! And make joy and magic part of the process of searching!”