Each edition of Links to Live Deliberately shares a handful of relevant links to help you “live deliberately” across the topics on this blog: non-profits, personal development, productivity, and social media.
Who among us hasn’t thought the following: “If only I had money, I would realize (this huge dream).”
Money can stop us from doing what we love because we feel we don’t have the financial freedom to do it. It can also be the reason why we are working at jobs we don’t enjoy, to be making a pile of money as if it could solve all our problems. Our society puts so much emphasis on economic capital that we can feel, if we don’t make much of an income, that we are left behind. But it doesn’t have to be this way when we know the rules of the game.Do you know other types of capital can be a lifehack to a dream life? Pierre Bourdieu, a French sociologist, explored that social capital, for example a social group you adhere to, and cultural capital, like the education or intellect you have, can be traded for economic capital.
When you are faced with 101 things to do in a day, productivity and streamlining processes becomes essential. One way to optimize productivity is to use routines. Doing things in routines allows you to do them quickly with a minimum of thought. You can group several similar tasks, or tasks that need to be done concurrently or sequentially into a routine so that you do them consistently and efficiently.
Gaining knowledge is so easy. It’s almost crazy. We’ve got a wealth of books, seminars, and messages giving us the information we need to succeed. Sometimes it can seem overwhelming. But we’re able to cram our brains with information and become knowledgeable.
That’s all well and good. We’re becoming smarter. We’re becoming experts. And yet that is not enough. There’s a difference between knowledge and taking action. They’re worlds apart.
Knowledge is filling your mind with new information. Reading a new book. Going to the business class. Listening to the latest podcast. Good, good stuff. But you can’t stop there.
But taking action is where it’s at. We must begin to APPLY that knowledge. Until you do, you’re just a talking head.
Last Tuesday was one of those days for me. One I would rather forget, but never will. How we feel about our lives has nothing to do with our reality, and everything to do with what we are comparing our reality to. God gave me a difficult day to teach me that every one is a blessing.
Recently someone came to me for advice in starting a new position. He wanted to know how he could set himself apart and make himself a valuable team member. I loved the question. It shows intentionality and purpose. I decided not to give him just a few suggestions, but to give him a dozen.