A few years back, I watched a YouTube video of Henry Rollins where he talks about one decision that his life. At that time, I did not know who Henry Rollins was and even now I do not know who he is.
After many years, the YouTube algorithm recommended the same video. I chuckled and watched it. The “one decision that changed his life” wasn't what resonated when I watched it years ago, these words did:
I don't have talent. I have tenacity. I have discipline. I have Focus. I know, without any delusion, where I come from & where I can go back to.
I was reading James Clear's Atomic Habits where he shares his interaction with an elite weightlifting coach on what makes someone successful in training.
The coach responded: “At some point it comes down to who can handle the boredom of training every day, doing the same lifts over and over and over.”
James Clear also shares a valuable piece of information on what makes someone successful:
Professionals stick to the schedule; amateurs let life get in the way. Professionals know what is important to them and work toward it with purpose; amateurs get pulled off course by the urgencies of life.
I suppose it's essential to become comfortable with boredom and remember to keep doing the reps.
I have always struggled to write consistently. I feel like I have run out of ideas after a few posts and end up quitting.
I came across an Interesting article from the author Matt Dicks on how never to run out of ideas.
His advice is to start collecting ideas.
It’s simple yet effective. I have the intention now to collect ideas in my Standard Notes app. This centralised collection bucket will allow me to slowly percolate rough drafts into a publishable blog post. Hopefully, as Matt Dicks promises I may never run out of ideas.
I love reading self-help books. Some are really good and classics. But, most of them are derived from better-known books. At one point, I felt like I’m just reading about the same principles over and over.
Nowadays, after reading Derek Sivers’s post on his book notes, I have started to look for key ideas and take actionable notes. This is way simpler than summarising each paragraph or chapter.