Where's the streetwise Hercules to fight the rising odds?
On defining success
What’s up, y’all!
Two steps forward, one step back. gnob has been getting the hard top ready for the Fairlady, since we’re down to the nitty gritty cosmetic stuff now. Had some issues with the window gaskets (a potential manufacturer’s defect) so now we’re waiting on new rubber. 😬
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That’s okay, though. If we have to be stuck in Southern Oregon for a bit longer, there are worse times of the year for it. The flowers are blooming, and everything is green and lush. It’s beautiful and warm. Good weather just makes everything better, doesn’t it?
I’m reading a book this week called Spiritual Economics by Eric Butterworth. It’s about how to find true prosperity. It’s been fascinating so far, and it sparked an interesting conversation with gnob about our definition of success.
Being prosperous doesn’t necessarily mean being wealthy. As the Stoics say, learn to want what you have instead of what you don’t have. This is has been a great lesson for me to practice, because I’ve never had much! Financial success in life has escaped me because I’ve never kept any one job long enough to gain traction.
gnob liked the premise in the book that prosperity is a state of mind. Here’s a quote:
The belief is all too common that financial limitation is simply a quirk of bad luck (“I have been down on my luck lately”) or the result of the capricious will of God. So, ordinary people may hope for better things, and they may even try to change their luck by playing the lottery. They may also fantasize about happy and abundant living. But they will make little or no attempt to be other than what they believe themselves to be - and financial limitation is part of what they believe themselves to be.
I don’t think it’s quite as simple as saying out loud what you want and then magically receiving it, but attitude does go a long way. It’s been proven in athletic studies that positive self-talk leads to improved results, so why wouldn’t that work for everything?
Charlie Brown had a great story on Simple and Straightforward this week that fit right into our discussion about how we measured success in our lives. Plus, it made me feel better about my patchwork quilt of life experiences.
I do want to mention one more thing before I sign off. If you’ve been a subscriber for a while, you may remember last December, I went to Los Angeles and did my first Spartan race.
I kept it low key about why I was there in the first place, but I went to meet up with some amazing people! If you click the link above to watch the synopsis of Spiritual Economics (or this one), you’ll be introduced to the book through a Philosopher’s Note by Brian Johnson.
So Brian and his gang at Heroic had a three day meetup in Los Angeles last December, and I was all in. You see, three years ago, I enrolled in the Heroic Coach program.
Heroic helps you be your best self in the “Big 3” areas of your life: Energy, Work, and Love. The past three years, I’ve learned so much about myself and what I was put on this planet to do. It would be selfish of me to keep that kind of awesome program to myself, especially now that I am an official Heroic Ambassador.
Let me tell you how awesome Brian Johnson is, because he is so humble, he never will. EVERY SINGLE DAY (not Monday through Friday, but EVERY SINGLE DAY), he logs onto a Zoom call with the Heroic community. After a brief meditation, he takes questions from three people, and coaches them through whatever difficulty they’re having. EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.
No hidden agenda. Brian’s self-assigned mission is to “play my role as humbly yet heroically well as I can to help create a world in which 51% of humanity is flourishing by 2051.”
Wouldn’t that be cool?
Anyway, if you’re interested in checking it out more, you won’t be disappointed. Use my affiliate link and you’ll get a 30 day free trial.
I’m not very good at this sales pitch stuff. I wouldn’t do it, but I wasn’t kidding when I said Heroic has been life-changing for me. Plus, I just told you I was broke, and I get a commission if you sign up for anything, so go check it out! 😁🙏
Video of the Week
gnob has been fitting more pieces of the Danny Bonaduce puzzle together while the Fairlady project is on hold.
Quote of the Week
That wraps up another week with Snale Racing! We’ll leave you with the quote that was most powerful for us this week. Peace!✌
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