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Seven-Bullet Monday - October 24, 2022

Here is your Seven-Bullet Monday

1. A quote I am pondering:

“No person has the power to have everything they want, but it is in their power not to want what they don’t have, and to cheerfully put to good use what they do have.” – Seneca

The shortened version of this quote simply says, “I want what I have”. We will be significantly happier if we choose to be content with what we have instead of continually wanting what others have that we don’t or can’t have.

2. A question I am asking myself:

How do I fuel my body and brain for the best possible performance?

I’ve been learning these last few months what foods my body does and doesn’t love, and that is not just in the taste bud department. I still have so much to learn and test what makes me feel and act my best. So, I plan to try different foods and supplements over the next few months.

3. A book I am reading:

You, Happier: The 7 Neuroscience Secrets of Feeling Good Based on Your Brain Type – Daniel G Amen MD

I have learnt so much about the brain from Daniel Amen. After studying more than 200,000 brain scans of people worldwide, he discovered five primary brain types and seven neuroscience secrets that influence happiness. This book is the second I have listened to in the last month. In it, I learnt my brain type based on my personality and discovered some brain-health tools to enhance my mood consistently.

4. My favourite podcast this week:

Zero: Justin Trudeau on his struggle to reduce Canada’s emissions

Canada has the second highest per-capita C02 emissions in the G20, and its total emissions have not reduced in recent years. Justin Trudeau gets a justified grilling on this podcast, and he tried to remain credible as a climate champion considering the hard cold facts.

5. Hugh-Tips

Be systematic with the frequency of your investing activity

One of the disciplines I want to discuss today is related to investing regularly. If you haven’t understood this until now, discipline is essential for sound investing. You don’t want to be an investor with sporadic bursts of enthusiasm, firing off several trades and then neglecting their investments in the intervening periods. I recommend you set a schedule to review your investments – this could be daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly or biannually, depending on how active you want to be, and then please stick to it. Get the time into your calendar for the rest of the year as a reminder to sustain the investing discipline you set out to achieve.

6. My highlight of the week

My trip up to NEBC and catching the last colours of the Fall

We have several exciting sustainability projects on the go, so I was on a plane to NEBC as soon as I got back from Australia. Because of the unseasonably warm and dry weather, the NEBC Fall was still in full splendour when I got up there. It worked out perfectly for the professional photo shoot we had planned. That went exceptionally well, including an incredible double rainbow that appeared over our Willow Creek Mine processing plant just as we drove by.

I took one for the team 😉, posing in my PPE in the middle of the rainbow.

7. My challenge to you for this week

Go easy on the Halloween candy

Halloween is a sales bonanza for the candy companies and a blow to our kids’ bodies by consuming all the candy. The average trick-or-treater in America will consume around three cups of sugar (or about 7,000 calories of candy) on Halloween. And then there are the parents who feel duty-bound to help their kids eat the candy pile or who feel throwing out uncollected candy from trick-or-treaters is a waste. My advice is to throw as much away as you can, including some candy from your kids’ bulging bags when they are sleeping.

Have a fantastic week

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