Iron Wil on Work Arounds and Brain Hacks

sometimes we are not quite able to take a task head on; it become important to find a way to work around the block. the next time we come upon a similar problem, we are able to take it head on. Using mentors and books are 2 ways to help us do this.

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Finest of Friends, Maxwell

The finest of friends must sometimes be stern sentinels, who will insist that we become what we have power to become” – Neal A. Maxwell

I was cleaning out some boxes this weekend and came across this 3×5 card with this quote. I am reminded of my best friend from high school, we still keep in touch. I am reminded of college friends and several others I have met along the way. Men and women that have and will call me when I forget my place. They hold me accountable to our shared standards and the ones that I hold for myself. These friends also continue to build me up and encourage me to improve; to continue the quest of personal improvement.

True, it isn’t something that everyone undertakes and can seem to be a daunting task. I would say that those first few weeks and sometimes months it can seem like it. That is why it is so important to focus on the future and have your goals set and firmly placed in your minds eye.

Jim Rohn says, “That you are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with.” So, who are your sentinels? Who do you spend time with? What books (audio, paper, or electronic) are you reading? What lectures or workshops are you attending? Who do you follow on YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter? What are the people at work you are spending time with?

These are all things that have an effect or impact on us. These quotes that I write about have been my companions for a very long time … some for over 20 years. They each have had the desired affect on me that I wanted them to have. Pick your friends and influences, be mindful of who you associate with, and above that read non-ficton business and personal development books!

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A Bite of History

My oldest loves history, so when our church announced the new temple open house in Philadelphia. We say it as an opportunity to see the new temple and take in some US history. My wife and I then planned a 2 day trip to Philly. We started to look forward to the experience and our boys started to get excited and talk about it. We made our plans and booked a hotel.

The temple was a wonderful experience and both our boys found it very interesting. We enjoyed seeing the liberty bell and Independence Hall; we took the big bus tour the around the city several times and really enjoyed the history of the city we got to see! It was a beautiful opportunity to reaffirm our boys belief and love of our country. They asked questions and my oldest was even able to tell us some things he has learned from school and from his reading.

The time we spent in Philly was not sufficient to really get into all the fun and the many different activities available to us. So a return trip is planned and I have a feeling it will include many more of the historical sites and events!

It is important that we connect with our nations history! The study of our founders and the events leading up to the Revolution and the Constitution really show how blessed we are to have the nation we have today! No other nation has done or come close to what was born here on this continent 240 years ago! I would invite each and every one of us to study American History by reading and watching the material published … from both sides. We also need to approach this with an open mind and then spend the time learning the truth. Yes, I am even saying that I need to have an open mind.

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This is Your Life

A few weeks ago I came across Michael Hyatt and his This is Your Life podcast., his co-host is Michele Cushatt. Michael and Michele deliver great content! I was a bit unsure about it at first. I found it because, I was looking for a new mentor to add to my repertoire for weekly listening and edification.

I listened to a podcast then downloaded everything that he had in the feed, over 80 podcasts! I hand picked some episodes up to season 3. I then listened to those one offs and moved on to Season 4. Three episodes are now saved in my podcast app, they are; Season 4 Episode 8: Goal Setting for Beginners, Season 7 Episode 7: 6 Strategies to become a Better Conversationalist, and Season 7 Episode 11: Ways to Build Trust with Your Tribe. There are many, many other good episodes and I really have been drinking in his thoughts and ideas! I have gained insight into how to do things better for this site and my FB page.

I have also picked up his free eBook “Shave 10 Hours Off your Workweek”, which I am looking forward to reading and I have put his book “Living Forward: A Proven Plan to Stop Drifting and Get the Life You Want” in my audible wish list for my next read. If you are looking for a really great podcast to provide you with ideas on leadership, self-improvement, self-motivation, writing tips, platform management, and a host of other topics to improve your work life balance; I recommend that you subscribe to his podcast and use his experiences and stories to help you work through your own challenges! In the latest episode, Michael said he listens to Dan Sullivan and Joe Polish’s 10xTalk podcast. Get this one too! I started with The Power of Your Personal Story and this episode is off the hook!!

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The Lost Fleet

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I have been re-reading Jack Campbell‘s The Lost Fleet Series. I really enjoy these books a great deal! The story is compelling and action packed! It became a subject for this blog because one of the things the hero imparts to his fleet are values. Values that got left behind over the course of a century.

When Black Jack is revived from survival sleep a century of warfare has passed, a war that started with an attack on the convoy he was protecting. By a turn of events, Black Jack is made the fleet commander and despite his reluctance … he takes command.

As he leads the fleet, he leads it as if it was 100 years ago. While this causes consternation and frustration amongst some of his captains; while others take him as a living miracle. Black Jack, cancels unofficial orders, like the killing of POWs and civilians. He reminds the sailors and Marines of the Alliance fleet that they are supposed to be living a moral life. They should be treating their enemies according to their laws of war and fleet regulation. Black Jack finds some of those in his command relieved to be serving in accordance to the “old way” of doing things. As the story continues, the fleet reverts back to the moral way of doing things. We see how those we see most often are changed by the association with Black Jack and his leadership.

This resonated strongly this time around, because I have been writing and talking to you guys about values, morals, ethics, … etc. If you don’t know already, I strongly agree with living a life guided by the principles that have withstood the tests of time. Only since the 1960’s has the world really started to question those values and today it is even worse. I know what my life was like before December 1996 and I know what my life has been like since then.

No, my life isn’t perfect (if you could ask my wife) and I am still full of flaws. I make mistakes every day … however, I am still in pursuit of perfection.

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