This article in the Sydney Morning Herald and its comments provided incredible insight to the old (and tired) Sydney vs Melbourne debate.
More importantly, the author raises an incredibly interesting question whether more attractive, but less intelligent people tend to gravitate to beach cities like Barcelona, Miami and Sydney.
Hmmm…certainty worth pondering.
Do you worry more about being overwhelmed or underwhelmed? Being overwhelmed is a valid concern and can become a source of great stress if not managed properly. More than being overwhelmed, I worry about being underwhelmed. Being underwhelmed is a sign that you’re stagnating – that you’re not growing & learning. Given the choice, I’ll almost always pick being overwhelmed.
Growth is built upon a series of stress and recovery, so you can excellerate your growth by consciously putting yourself in situations that make you uncomfortable. Over time, you’ll resilience and comfort with the uncomfortable will grow.
I’ve always enjoyed trying new things, pushing the boundaries and seeing what happens. For the next 30 days, I’m challenging myself to not consume any alcohol or caffeine. For many people, this may sound extreme. The reality is that it won’t be that difficult because I already don’t drink soda and have I drastically reduced the amount of coffee I drink compared to as recently as 1 year ago.
I plan to do more of these challenges in the near future, but want to start with a more manageable challenge and build up to larger ones (such as a 30 day vegan diet challenge).
If you’re interested in reading challenge updates, I’ll post them at @crakowski.
I came across this incredible poem by the Pulitzer Prize winning American author James A. Michener and wanted to share it. I feel everyone should strive for playful excellence and I hope it serves as a good reminder.
The master in the art of living
draws no sharp distinction between
his labor and his leisure,
his mind and his body,
his work and his play,
his education and his recreation.
He hardly knows which.
He simply pursues his vision of excellence
through whatever he is doing
and leaves others to determine
whether his is working or playing.
To himself, he is always doing both.