Here is your Seven-Bullet Monday
1. A quote I am pondering:
"I make it a personal rule never to do anything I don't really care about. It is surprising how much that cuts out." - Richard Koch
We frequently talk about time management and how we don't have enough time to get everything done. We too often find ourselves doing non-essential things that we don't care about because we find it hard to say "No" when someone asks us. "No thanks" is something I plan to say a lot more in the future.
2. A question I am asking myself:
"How can I self-apprentice most effectively?"
Apprenticeships are a critical part of all businesses where young apprentices tag along with skilled practitioners, learning everything they can over several years until they can do it all independently. Today, we have a wealth of knowledge in books, audiobooks, podcasts, Youtube, webinars, online courses, etc. We can now self-apprentice in an incredible range of skills at a meagre cost.
3. A book I am reading:
Be Exceptional: Master the Five Traits That Set Extraordinary People Apart – Joe Navarro
I got a lot of value from this book, in which Novarro distils his lifetime of experience, much of it in the F.B.I., and the five most critical skills he identified along the way. These are self-mastery, observation, communication, action, and psychological comfort. I especially loved the section on observation and reading non-verbal cues.
4. My favourite podcast this week:
M.E.G.A Podcast – Dr Joe Dispenza – Transform Your Mind
Joe Dispenza has educated thousands of people on rewiring their brains and reconditioning their bodies to make lasting changes. I got a lot out of this podcast, which answered several questions I had been puzzling over the last couple of months.
Think about Life Insurance and Disability Insurance you might or might not need
As most of us are employed by medium to large companies, we would have some life assurance and disability insurance built into our employment or company retirement plans. Many of us then add additional policies to this cover because we estimate that there won't be enough on our company plans to support our loved ones and dependents, should the unfortunate happen. With any life cover, we need to start with a needs analysis – do you have dependents, how many years would they need to be supported for, do you have a legally enforceable will that sets out what they each get, etc.? If you don't have dependents, you may only need disability insurance and not life insurance? Because each situation is unique, and the dependencies change every couple of years ago, it pays to revisit the cover we have and make sure we are getting what we need based on what we are willing to pay.
6. My highlight this last week
Publishing our first Conuma Resources Sustainability Report
The work of producing our first annual sustainability report at Conuma has been going on for several months, and we finally published the finished product this week. I learned a lot from writing and producing the report from scratch, from utilizing all the knowledge and experience within our company to observing what other mining companies had done before us, to getting the graphic design done at low cost in Eastern Europe.
7. My challenge to you for this week
Start ramping up your cardio now the weather is warming up
For my southern hemisphere readers, you can skip this bullet, but it's warming up beautifully for those of us up North. So it's time to get out, get those legs moving (5k to 10k steps a day, come on, you can do it!!), and soak up that beautiful natural vitamin D our sun offers. It will be great for your body and even better for your mind because of the vitality, and mental wellbeing outdoor exercise gives us.
Have a great week