Hey Tim. Where Have You Been?
I’ve been here. Sort of.
Let me explain.
A few months ago, I read “Stillness Is The Key” by Ryan Holiday.
I read every morning and every night, so it’s not uncommon for me to read a book and store the information into my brain. But this book in particular impacted me differently than most.
It’s not that the information had such a dramatic impact on me. Rather, it was the very foundation of the message. Suddenly, I realized that it was possible for me to do nothing and still make progress on my dreams and goals. Being still has value.
All of my life, I thought the answer to everything was more action.
But this book really made me stop and think of all the energy I’ve potentially wasted in my life. Was it so necessary to grind myself to the bone day after day?
If you would have asked me that question a few months ago, I would have said yes. But now, I’m not so sure. I’m feeling like I am learning an important lesson that everyone learned 15 years ago. How am I 37 and I am just discovering this?
Now, to be clear, I’m still very much an advocate for hard work. I think hard work is one of the only advantages you can generate on your own. You must work hard.
The realization I had is that you can work very hard on the wrong things, and in that case, your hard work will probably leave you in a worse position than you would have been otherwise.
So, back to the question. What have I been doing?
The answer: As little as possible.
Guess what? I’ve continued moving forward.
I’m deep in the reigns of a personal thought experiment. I’m meditating on a question. It might be the most important question any of us could ever ask ourselves.
What is the best place to spend my time?