Minimalism Update – Books Are Gone

Minimalism Update – Books Are Gone

As regular readers of this blog will know I have a keen interest in minimalism.  This last month has seen HUGE swaths of my possessions sold / donated / or just thrown in the garbage. Yesterday I got rid of the one thing I had an huge emotional attachment to, my books.  I read, a lot, and the idea of getting rid of my books was terrifying and I declared blasphemy every time the thought crept into my mind. However after some soul searching I realized its not the physical book thats important but the information inside.  I catalogued all of my books and checked all of the HAD TO HAVE ones on the Kindle store and of course, they were on there. I replaced the few books that I “CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT” on my tablet and packed all of my physical books into totes. At 10am yesterday morning I dropped them ALL off at the library. I only kept one book because it was a “had to have” yet wasn’t on Amazon.  Bashar: A Blueprint For Change if your wondering. The milestone here is that I don’t own ANYTHING that I have an emotional attachment to anymore. /Ethan ** UPDATE ** – Sort Of: 2014 October 18 Went to the local Library Book Sale to visit my books.  Most of them were there, laid out on the table like the black slaves who were forced to come from Africa to work on the cotton plantations in America. The entire back row is almost all books from my collection. Thanks for reading this pointless update....
What are You Going to be Exceptional at in 10 Years?

What are You Going to be Exceptional at in 10 Years?

I recently read an excellent article on Scott Young’s website that I thought I would share on my own blog since the information is so valuable, enjoy. Many people set the right goals, but the wrong deadlines. They want to become a professional blogger, but set a deadline of 6 months, instead of 6 years. This short-term thinking detracts from the big picture, where becoming really good at something takes at least a decade, not just 18 months. “Freedom and success isn’t about taking big risks. It’s about becoming good enough at something society values, so you can dictate the terms for how you live your life.” This was something productivity blogger Cal Newport related to me. He said that he only knew a few examples of people who had reached success because of unconventional risk-taking. However, he said he knew many people that have tremendous personal freedom because they became exceptionally good at something the world values. Where’s Your Next Decade Going? Malcolm Gladwell puts the mark at 10,000 hours. That’s a decade of work investing three hours to develop a skill, every day, for almost every week of the year. This is the number of hours it takes to become exceptional at something. Whether it’s writing, programming, music, research or dentistry. Ten thousand might not be the exact number. For you it might be 8000, or 16,000. What matters isn’t the exact number, but the kind of long-term thinking that goes along with it. Instead of asking yourself how you will reach a goal in 18 months. Figure out where you’re going to spend your next decade. My Next Ten...
Top 5 Things That Should Be Taught in Every School

Top 5 Things That Should Be Taught in Every School

I recently read a great article on Brian Kim’s website that I completely agree with.  These things are absent from today’s education and if I had these when I was growing up who knows how much further I would be? enjoy… I can’t speak for schools outside the United States, but for those readers who went to school in America, I think you’ll agree that the American education system is in sore need of an upgrade. The world is changing at such a rapid pace and it’s my strong opinion that there should be more classes dedicated to helping students prepare and cope with the real world once they graduate. If you look at this generation of students, you’ll find that most are “shell shocked” once they graduate because they had little or no preparation for what was to come. High school mostly teaches you to memorize information and to regurgitate it back to your teacher, only to completely erase the information from your mind the moment you walk out after taking the test. When you go on to college, you do a bit of the same things, but you also learn to think analytically, critically, and to broaden your mind so to speak, but even people who graduate from college will learn lessons from the real world the hard way as well. The sad part is all of this could’ve been prevented with some proper education beforehand. Below are five things that I firmly believe should be taught in every school in America so that students don’t get railroaded when they enter the real world. If you’re still in...