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Seven-Bullet Monday - July 25, 2022

Here is your Seven-Bullet Monday

1. A quote I am pondering:

'If your habits don't line up with your dream, then you need to change either your habits or your dream." - John Maxwell

It is one thing to have a dream or a vision and another to be steadily building towards your dream or vision with solid habits that you complete daily or weekly. Take one or two of your dreams and ask yourself if your habits are getting you closer to that dream – it is quite a challenging exercise!

2. A question I am asking myself:

How can I create as many happy memories as possible?

"I want to die with memories, not dreams," Tiny Buddha said, and I intend to do the same. I want to create as beautiful memories and memorialize them with the combination of my phone camera and journaling. Journaling is a great way to record memories because I capture not just the picture but the details of the day and my thoughts and emotions. Reading my journal a month, year or decade later brings those happy memories roaring back, uplifting me in the process.

3. A book I am reading:

The Gold Mine Effect: Crack the Secrets of High Performance – Rasmus Ankersen

This book captures the lessons Rasmus Ankersen learned from travelling around the world visiting talent 'gold mines', such as Kenyan long-distance runners, Jamaican sprinters, Russian women tennis players and South Korean women golfers. Many of the lessons learned are not what you would think, and it was fascinating to understand the different factors that drove the success in each of these cases.

4. My favourite podcast this week:

Today Explained – FYI, those telescope photos are kinda fake

In this podcast, astrophysicist Amber Straughn explains the technology behind some of the incredible pictures we have recently seen from the Webb Space Telescope. It also reminded me of how big our universe is and how much is left to be discovered and explored one day.

5. Hugh-Tips

Lessons from Charlie (Part IX)

Charlie Munger's quote this week: "Life, in part, is like a poker game, wherein you have to learn to quit sometimes when holding a much-loved hand."

Investing is an emotional rollercoaster. To be a good investor, you must constantly remind yourself to keep your emotions out of investing decisions. Knowing when to hang in there with an investing principle or stock that is tanking, and knowing when to let it go is one of the more difficult things in investing. Munger here is talking about deliberately minimizing your affection for a particular stock so that you can make a rational choice.

6. My highlight this last week

Taking a long weekend to enjoy the beautiful Lake Okanagan

I took a few days off to get a four-day weekend with Leanne and some friends. We stayed in a beautiful villa overlooking Lake Okanagan, enjoying some glorious warm summer weather. We explored, we paddle boarded, we boated, we talked, we laughed, and we danced. We also ate and drank plenty of the delicious food and wine the region offers. It was a glorious weekend from start to finish.

7. My challenge to you for this week

Make sure you are building and retaining enough muscle

Building and retaining sufficient muscle is one of the best things you can do for weight loss and longevity. And that means some form of resistance training. It could be in a gym, at home, with weights and equipment, or simply through bodyweight exercises. Either way, get in several sessions a week to get the full benefits.

Have an awesome week

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