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Seven-Bullet Monday - February 14, 2022

Here is your Seven-Bullet Monday

1. A quote I am pondering:

"Creativity doesn't wait for that perfect moment. It fashions its own perfect moments out of ordinary ones." - Bruce Garrabrandt

I like this quote because it removes the notion that you have to be in the perfect space, in a great mood, or without distraction, to be creative. Creativity can come at any time and in any place; we only need to be open to it

2. A question I am asking myself:

What am I missing when I think about this issue?

I am an optimist by nature, so I try to balance that out by asking myself this question as often as possible. The principle comes from Michael Mauboussin's book, "Think Twice: Harnessing the Power of Countertuition". As the title says, we need to test our thinking regularly. Instead of making a snap decision simply because that's what seems immediately apparent, we should instead have a little internal debate first to test our line of thinking.

3. A book I am reading:

Small Giants: Companies That Choose to Be Great Instead of Big

Small Giants is a book about fourteen successful businesses that chose to stay small rather than follow the mantra; bigger is better. The book talks about how the owners of these businesses decided, for very different reasons, to stay small, and how ultimately this worked out to be the right path for them, despite the myriads of voices demanding they keep growing. Hence, the name of the book, Small Giants.

4. My favourite podcast this week:

School of Greatness #1,227 – Principles for a Wealthy and Happy Life (Loving Memory of Bob Proctor)

Bob Proctor, the Canadian self-help author and speaker, passed away earlier in February, and this podcast is a collection of the best of his several interviews with Lewis Howes. Bob Proctor's book, "It's Not About the Money", significantly influenced my thinking on money and wealth. One of the things I admired about Bob Proctor was how he ran his race at full speed until the very day, at 87 years old, he left this earth. His legacy of self-development and learning lives on through his books and teachings.

5. Hugh-Tips

Increase your monthly surplus to grow your investing power.

I am sure we all want to grow our wealth, which encompasses several different disciplines. The primary discipline is to ensure your monthly income exceeds your monthly expenses by a healthy margin so you can invest that surplus and generate other income streams. As someone once said, "If your outgo exceeds your income, then your upkeep becomes your downfall.". Wise words indeed! The beauty of this surplus model is that you can work on both the income and expense elements to create a more significant surplus. The expense element should be our primary focus, at least in the wealth-building stage. People too often think that they need to increase their income to have the life of their dreams when often it is the expense-reduction option that is staring them in the face, and they are not seeing it. Hopefully, you know what you are spending every month and where it is going? After all, it isn't easy to improve something you are not measuring. Once you see how you spend your money, I recommend imagining yourself as an external expert advising yourself where you can save money. Put that into play, and you can super-charge your investing early, which will pay huge dividends as the power of compounding takes effect over the long haul.

6. My highlight this last week

Mobilizing for International Women's Day at my Company

International Women's Day this year is on March 8. We plan to make this one of the meaningful annual events that we celebrate each year at Conuma. We had a fantastic think tank session this week, with many great ideas being put forward for consideration. Now we have just under a month to prepare, so it's all go from here in out 😊.

7. My challenge to you for this week

Start writing a few words a day with your wrong hand

Now I haven't lost my mind here 😉, so please stick with me on this. Using your opposite hand to do things like writing strengthens neural connections in your brain and helps you grow new ones. Now, to make this process even more impactful, try writing an affirming statement about yourself or an important goal with your wrong hand. What happens is, because it is difficult to do and requires concentration, it causes your brain to embed that statement more deeply in your subconscious. That, in turn, should help you visualize it better and ultimately improve your ability to manifest it. Even if it doesn't, it's still fun to do, and you can enjoy reading your squiggly writing. If you try it and like it, let me know, and we can exchange copies of our little statements.

Have a fun week

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