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Five-Bullet Monday - October 11, 2021

Updated: Jan 5, 2022


Here is your Five-Bullet Monday


A quote I am pondering:

“Self-love is not selfish; you cannot truly love another until you know how to love yourself.” - Unknown


At times, like many of you, I can get very critical of myself. And, just like verbally berating another person is a No-No, doing the same to ourselves isn’t going to do any good either. Sure, we can give ourselves pep talks, but we should also show ourselves some appreciation and throw some praise words our way. Healthily boosting our self-image will lead to many benefits in the relationships we have.


A question I am asking myself:

How do I create the most value in every interaction today?

By heading into meetings and encounters, focusing on adding value, giving rather than receiving, listening rather than being heard, we make it more enriching for both others and ourselves. Try it before a couple of meetings today, stay focused on adding value during the meeting, and then do a quick appraisal after the meeting, and I think you see a big difference.


A book I am reading:

The High 5 Habit - Mel Robbins

Mel Robbins latest book is another get-up-and-go book for which she has become world-renowned. I particularly liked this book because of the simple, practical steps she gives for juicing up your day. She also shares some very moving stories in the book that both challenge and encourage.


My favourite podcast this week:

Not Another Nutrition Podcast - #50 – How Carbohydrates Literally Can’t Make You Fat

Martin Macdonald provides some interesting insights on this podcast. Many have heard of the association of carbohydrates and building fat, and in this podcast, he explains it as you have never heard before. It certainly opened my eyes to how I think about proteins, fat and carbohydrate consumption.


Hugh-Tips

Leave your emotions at the door when you are investing


Investing, like most good things in life, is a discipline. You can be a disciplined investor by working out your investing rules, writing them down and sticking to them. They will help you keep you on the straight-and-narrow and protect you from rash decisions based on emotion. If you can control your emotions in the market, you will take a lot of money off investors who have allowed emotions to influence their investment decision. Uncertainty and volatility are facts of life in investing, and you need to learn to ride them. The stock market will move up over time, but it is never in a straight line. The last thing you can afford to do is panic sell when the market dips and everyone has gone all bearish. Just like the mythological Ulysses tied himself to the mast so that the Sirens wouldn’t lure him into wrecking his ship on the rocks, so must we tie ourselves to our principles so that our emotions don’t drag us into investment ship-wreck territory.


My highlight this last week

Getting back to work


I have loved every minute of my min-sabbatical (well, maybe not the extended travel times 😊), but now that I am back in Canada, I am delighted to be back at work. Hard work is undoubtedly good for the soul, and while breaks are needed and healthy, I feel best when I am productive. So, here’s to hitting Q4 hard.


My challenge to you for this week

High-five yourself in the mirror every morning

Returning to Mel Robbin’s book, she encourages us to give ourselves a high-five in the mirror the first time we visit the bathroom in the morning. It’s about looking yourself in the eyes, half-asleep and all, and instead of saying, “Woes me, I look so bad!” you say, “Well done! You got out of bed, and you are awesome!”. It’s a perk-me-up-moment, and I have been enjoying doing it for the last week.


I hope you have a great week

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