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Mindsets for Success

1. Curiosity is a superpower

To not only achieve results, but to love what you do, start with curiosity, that little spark of life that you were born with. Be curious about: people, companies, problems to solve, what your gut says, and more.

Continually kindle the curiosity flame, and before long, your fire will roar with aliveness.

2. Create > Consume

If consuming more information were all anyone needed, we’d all be millionaires with perfect abs. What matters isn’t consuming info (even the DJH). What matters is following through and creating.

Create projects. Create a portfolio. Create value. It’s a muscle worth flexing.

Quote of the Week

“You get back what you give out.”
― George N. Parks

Freedom vs. Security

My aunt recently retired, after working at the same company her entire adult life. She literally had just 1 job interview after she graduated college back in the day, landed the job, then worked at the place for 40 years.

She had consistency and security. And that’s all well and good.

But that lifestyle doesn’t exist anymore.

And maybe that’s a good thing.

More and more, people switch jobs every couple years. The market evolves fast, new industries are born, and the future of work is ever-changing, e.g. robots, and remote work.

There is increasing decentralization, customization, and emphasis on results-created over time-spent.

It might seem scary, because the security and reassurance of working one predictable job for decades is absent.

But it’s also an opportunity, an opportunity for freedom, growth, and self-actualization.

You have more and more of a chance to match yourself with work that truly fires you up.

You have a chance to test and experiment with different companies and role-types, to figure out what suits you, and gets you excited.

The future is about the sovereign individual. Instead of staying a cog-in-a-wheel assembly-line-type worker, you can, as Seth Godin would say, be an artist.

So, it’s up to you if you want to empower yourself in this exciting time, even if there is less short-term comfort and guarantee.

Would you rather live in a cocoon your whole life, or, grow your wings, take a leap, and fly?

and the DJH team