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Seven-Bullet Monday - November 14, 2022

Here is your Seven-Bullet Monday

1. A quote I am pondering:

"Don't wish it was easier. Wish you were better. Don't wish for less problems. Wish for more skills. Don't wish for less challenge. Wish for more wisdom." - Jim Rhon

In this quote, Jim Rhon explains why we should embrace difficulties and challenges rather than just wishing things were easier. If we think of them as opportunities to improve our skills, it helps us get through them with a more positive mindset and be more equipped to tackle the next challenge, which will most likely be right around the corner.

2. A question I am asking myself:

Why do I dislike Russian nesting dolls?

I guess it's because they are so full of themselves 😊

Sorry I couldn't resist!

3. A book I am reading:

Dopamine Nation: Finding Balance in the Age of Indulgence – Dr Anna Lembke

In this eye-opening book, Dr Anna Lembke talks about addictive behaviour and why the relentless pursuit of pleasure also leads to pain. She discusses many stories of people gripped with addictions and their struggles and successes in escaping them. Before I read this book, I also hadn't fully understood how many businesses worldwide thrive on people's inability to temper their dopamine-driven consumption of products that hinder and harm them.

4. My favourite podcast this week:

Think Fast Talk Smart: Feeling Nervous? How Anxiety Can Fuel Better Communication

For many people, one of their biggest fears is public speaking. In this episode, Kelly McGonigal explains that anxiety before speaking is good because it means you care. So, if you feel anxious before speaking or presenting, take that as a good sign and use it as motivation to deliver a meaningful presentation.

5. Hugh-Tips

Even when your finances are tight, remember to pay yourself first

When inflation is eating away at our spending power, and a declining economy is eroding our earnings, it is very tempting to reduce the amount we invest every month. That would be a big mistake. As soon as we get paid, we should transfer a percentage of that to an investment or savings account. Ideally, this should be at least 15% of our monthly take-home salary. If we don't pay it straight away, there is often too much month left at the end of the money, which means the 15% investment doesn't happen. I have found that the best thing to do is automate it! That way, when you look at your spending money in your bank account, you see 85%, not 100%, and your spending habits automatically scale back. Paying yourself first is a proven principle testified to by thousands of successful investors worldwide, so I strongly encourage you to get this process in place.

6. My highlight of the week

Reaching major milestones on three different climate-change projects at work

We have our bi-annual climate-change presentation to our Board of Directors next week, and we have several climate projects running in tandem, with deadlines to get the information out this week. All the projects came together very nicely last week, and we now have a jam-packed and informative presentation to give to the Board. A big thank you goes to Brandon Lewis for skillfully shepherding the many internal and external people involved in the projects so that we kept on schedule.

7. My challenge to you for this week

Show your pet, or someone else's pet, a little more love this week

The love of our pets is pure and unconditional. When we come home, they greet us warmly at the door even when we have left them alone for a long time or are late feeding them. Far too often, we take out pets for granted, so this week, please give your furry friend/s a little more affection. Even if you are busy, how much does it cost to play with or stroke your pet for a minute or two? It will be good for both of you 😊.

Have a fantastic week

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