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Five-Bullet Monday - Aug 2, 2021

Here is your Five-Bullet Monday for this week

Two quotes I am pondering:

"Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply." - Stephen R. Covey

Listening attentively, to hear what the person is trying to tell us, is a skill we can all acquire. Don't we love people who carefully listen to what we are saying, ask more questions about the subject we are talking about, and are genuinely interested in what we have to say? It is one of my goals to become an excellent listener, and I hope it is yours too.

A question I am asking myself:

What can I do today to achieve my Q3 goals?

Sometimes we make significant advances on our goals, and sometimes we make little advances. The important thing is that we make some advances. As the saying goes, "Greatness is a lot of small things done well every day". So whatever your goals may be, keep plugging away because the advances become noticeable over time.

A book I am reading:

Eat Smarter: Use the Power of Food to Reboot Your Metabolism, Upgrade Your Brain, and Transform Your Life – Shawn Stevenson

This book is a thorough exposition on how food interacts with our bodies and what this does to our hormonal levels, moods, energy, sleep, weight loss and overall health. It provides loads of credible backup for the arguments for the pros and cons of many foods, which is one of the reasons I liked It so much.

My favourite podcast this week:

The Canadian Money Roadmap – Optimize your investments by plan type

I know not everyone is from Canada is on this mailing list. Still, I think it is worth highlighting this podcast because it provides some really solid guidance for those in Canada on which plans to use in your investing, whether RRSPs, TFSAs etc. and how to think about income tax vs capital gains tax.

My highlight from the prior week

Playing golf at Capilano Golf Club

Apologies to those readers who dislike golf, but this last Monday, I got to play on one of Canada's top three golf courses, Capilano. Since taking up golf again ten years ago, I have wanted to play the course, especially since it is so close to where I live. They opened up to visitors again this week for the first time since COVID hit and my one friend at the club moved quickly to get me out on the course with him. My golf was very ordinary, but he shot his age (75) which was seriously impressive. It was one of the best Mondays in a long time, with a ten-year wish fulfilled.

My challenge to you for this week

What is your weekly entertainment to self-education ratio?

I heard this week that Americans watch on average three hours of TV a day, which is a frightening statistic. That is almost one full day per week, plopped in front of the TV doing practically nil, apart from probably eating. I read once that we should take the hours of entertainment we consume each week and divide into that the hours we spend on self-development. I am not here to prescribe any particular healthy ratio, but if you are not too happy with your ratio, I think you know what to do!

Enjoy your week

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