Recharge Your Batteries to Avoid Burnout

It’s common for those immersed in self-development to want to “hustle” 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. I certainly tried to at one point.

Key words are “tried to.”

I once thought I could be an Übermensch by operating on six-and-a-half hours of sleep and shunning guilty pleasures in the name of “productivity.” It didn’t take me very long to burn out. I began sleeping 10 hours a night, constantly watched reruns of “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” or “High Stakes Poker,” aimlessly surfed the web, had trouble reading books, skimped on my journaling, and quit working out.

The key to a productive, happy life is to not hustle all the time. You need to find time each day to relax and recharge.

Enter Mike Whitfield:

Imagine a flashlight with a dying, but rechargeable battery. Its dim light is almost worthless, yet you continue to use it. All it needs is an hour to recharge the battery and then it would shine brighter than ever.

I can now recognize the warning signs of burnout quicker than I used to. If I ever notice a dip in my energy levels or overall willingness to do things I normally like doing, I make sure to recharge my batteries as soon as possible.

Read the rest of Whitfield’s article here.

How to Be a Cleaner

Jon Anthony at Masculine Development is one of my favorite self-development bloggers. He tells it like it is in no uncertain terms. I even consider him a mentor of mine.

Jon recently published a three-part series on how to be a “cleaner,” which describes someone who’s unstoppable in his pursuit of success and greatness.

Part one here, part two here, and part three here. Thirteen rules in toto. Read, absorb, and take action.

Invest in Yourself

Warren Buffett once said that “the most important investment you can make is in yourself.” Who can disagree with that?

I spent ~$100 today on books and workout equipment. I don’t consider this an accumulation of assets, but rather an investment in my intellectual and physical health.

Ryan Holiday once wrote the following about reading: “I promised myself a long time ago that if I saw a book that interested me I’d never let time or money or anything else prevent me from having it.” This also applies to other investments in yourself like a heavier set of weights, a nice leather journal, a good planner, a gym membership, a self-development course, whatever.

Don’t see the purchase of such things as “spending money.” See them as investments in your health, wealth, and wisdom. Never let time, money, etc., stop you. You are your most valuable asset.

Introverts Can Be Effective Leaders

I’m introverted myself, so I thoroughly enjoyed the lessons in Brenda Savoie’s article on how introverts can develop their leadership skills. It’s geared towards entrepreneurs but can be applied to your life even if you’re not one. Excerpt:

Some of the most acknowledged leaders are introverts. You don’t have to be outgoing, crazy communicative, and incredibly charismatic to achieve greatness in this life.

A leader’s strength comes from creativity and ideas; not from social skills. But when you’re afraid to come out of your protective shell, you’re missing out on an opportunity. Introverts can be great leaders if they leverage their strengths, and cultivate some of their flaws.

Read the rest at Early to Rise.


Barbra Streisand as a Representation of the Liberal Mindset

Barbra Streisand tweeted the following Saturday evening:

The individual with a liberal mindset blames their own problems on outside forces. It is not Barbra Streisand who is responsible for her own unhealthy breakfast routine, but Donald Trump. This is a victim mentality that allows one to take little to no responsibility for their actions. Then when something bad happens—e.g., weight gain—it’s not really their fault.

Acknowledging that you’re 100% responsible for your mistakes and shortcomings is a liberating feeling. Refuse to do so, and you’ll remain a slave to your bad habits.

It’s True: You *Are* the Average of the Five People You Spend the Most Time With

If you’re into self-development, you’ve probably heard the phrase “You’re the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” It comes from the late Jim Rohn and has also been popularized by Tim Ferriss. It may sound cliché or even obvious to you, but its importance cannot be overstated.

Although you may not fully agree with the language from a philosophical standpoint, the gist of Rohn’s maxim is that you should be conscious of who you surround yourself with. You may not have had a choice in who you spent your time with growing up, but if you’re reading this, you do have a choice now.

Consider the circle of friends you regularly hang out with. Do they have a life purpose? Are they dreamers or are they doers? Have they even changed since high school? No matter the answers to those questions, chances are they apply to you too. If your best friends don’t have a life purpose, you probably don’t either. If your best friends are just dreamers, you’re probably just a dreamer as well. If your best friends haven’t changed since high school, you probably haven’t changed much either. That’s why your “inner circle” ought to be selective, as Aristotle implies in his Nicomachean Ethics. It’s better to have a small circle of driven friends than a large circle of mediocre friends.

In your day-to-day interactions, you’re not just “taking,” you’re also “giving.” The traits and qualities you glean from ambitious, hard-working people will not only benefit you, but they’ll go on to positively influence other people. When you surround yourself with people who push you to succeed, you’ll in turn push others to succeed as well. But the converse is true too: when you surround yourself with people who live life on autopilot, you’ll in turn project that vibe onto others as well.

All this does not mean that you should cut contact with any and every person who doesn’t influence your career ambitions or doesn’t actively make you a better person though. People are not expendable components, they’re human beings. If someone actively drags you down, only then is it necessary to consider cutting ties with them. But otherwise, don’t do it.

You only get one shot at this life. Don’t sell yourself short by keeping poor company. Show me your close friends, and I’ll show you who you are. You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.