“Why I began to write for children,” from Isaac Bashevis Singer’s 1978 Nobel banquet speech:
- Children read books, not reviews. They don’t give a hoot about the critics.
- Children don’t read to find their identity.
- They don’t read to free themselves of guilt, to quench the thirst for rebellion, or to get rid of alienation.
- They have no use for psychology.
- They detest sociology.
- They don’t try to understand Kafka or Finnegans Wake.
- They still believe in God, the family, angels, devils, witches, goblins, logic, clarity, punctuation, and other such obsolete stuff.
- They love interesting stories, not commentary, guides, or footnotes.
- When a book is boring, they yawn openly, without any shame or fear of authority.
- They don’t expect their beloved writer to redeem humanity. Young as they are, they know that it is not in his power. Only the adults have such childish illusions.
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Have you asked yourself this lately?
I for one have never got a job based on my CV. In fact I don’t think I’ve ever had a CV. Maybe I’m fortunate, I’ve never looked for a job, one always presented itself as the old one came to an end or had served its purpose.
For a lot of people their CV is hugely important, maybe you are one of them. But consider this for a moment.. .what are the key elements of a CV?
- Where you are at the moment
- Where you were before that
- What your education level was
I know it’s more involved than that but that’s basically it.
The thing is that is ALL about who you were. If you want to experience something new you have to think differently than you did before. You have to try on a new mindset. Try a new perspective. Otherwise you are just looking for more of what you have right now. And if you’re reading this you probably have some frustrations about your job, right?
So ask yourself: is getting a better version of your present job the answer?
If it is – Great! Sort your CV out asap. If not, you might want to think more about where you want your life to head over the next 5 – 10 years.
The right job or career for you could be in your very near future, but if you don’t identify it now, you’ll never recognise it when it comes along.
Put that work in right now and figure out what it is you’d love (or even like) to do.
Let me know in the comments below. :)
Strive to thrive
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Take a closer look at something
You can apply this to anything you want.
Investigate how something works if you want. Investigate why some things happens the way they do, or why some belief systems believe the things they do.
Investigate some historical fact or how the chain of events in nature lead to certain outcomes. Investigate investment opportunities or business opportunities.
Investigate why you think the way you do about certain things or why you do the things you do.
Basically, just kick start your investigative side today – who knows what you’ll find.
What will you investigate today? (Comment below)
PS: This is p.369 of my book “How To Change Your Life One Day At A Time.”
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Every season has it’s time
You do realise that everything that has ever happened to you, good or bad, has brought you to where you are today.
You may be in a great place right now, so think if any tiny little thing in your past were different it would have changed your trajectory and you may well be in a very different place right now rather than where you are.
All those not so good places were necessary in order for you to be here.
If you’re not in such a great place just realise that you are in one of those not so good places that will lead you to the great place later. So appreciate it for what it is.
Why only appreciate it later? Thank everything and everybody from your past for helping to get you here. Thank ‘here’ for being part of the journey that’s going to get you ‘there’ in the future.
And always remember… in the depths of winter the blossom is waiting to bloom.
Who will you thank, and for what?
PS: This is p.358 of my book ‘How To Change Your Life One Day At A Time‘.
Mudskippers – fish out of water!
You may have heard of the expression ‘a fish out of water’, it usually describes someone struggling with being outside of their comfort zone.
We’ve all been there, right?
The thing with most fish is that they are completely unaware of what water is – they are immersed in it, surrounded by it, yet cannot see it. If they are taken out of it they thrash and wriggle and jump around until they get back into it.
Mudskippers on the other hand have evolved the ability to survive (even thrive) outside of their natural habitat. They have developed the ability to breathe through their skin and can skip around on fins that have adapted over the millennia.
This could only have happened due to their ancestor’s circumstances and determination to survive outside of water. Outside of their natural habitat and environment. It has allowed them to inhabit two separate environments. They have a different perspective of both habitats - creatures that inhabit only one can’t possibly understand.
So, are you a fish that must remain in familiar surroundings and circumstances? Or are you a mudskipper – able to adapt and see conditions with a different perspective?
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You know what I mean right? Sure you do. I could sit here and write a page of words that show you what they might be but I’d only be scratching the surface wouldn’t I?
We’ve all got stuff going on that we say is this or that. But we know it’s not. I mean it could look that way to the untrained eye, to the casual observer, but we know it’s just a façade for what’s really going on.
Take a good look at it today, be as honest with yourself as you can. Allow the discomfort or maybe even pain of looking at it to come through. Welcome it. Once we open the cupboard door and shine a light in there we can see there was nothing to be afraid of.
I know this’ll be hard for a lot of people – me included, so lets all dig deep and give it a try.
What will you take a look at today?
Enjoy (if you can)
Uh-oh! If you’re anything like me that could be a mighty long list. From clearing the garage to swapping that duff lightbulb in the cupboard to cleaning the inside of the car to booking that dentist appointment we all put stuff off.
Well, tackle one of them today. Make it the easiest one if you want, but do one.
You’ll be proud of yourself afterwards.
(This is May 30th of my book “How To Change Your Life One Day At A Time” – available on Amazon here: CLICK HERE )
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