Happy New Year!
Happy New Year!
Have a great last week of 2014!
By the end of 2013, I was in a bit of a funk. My dating life was improving, but I felt “stuck” in many ways.
I was not sure anymore whether working in science was what I truly wanted. More and more, I saw the experiments in the lab as mechanical busy work.
I did not want to face my life heads-on, so I just made myself comfortable behind routines and habits.
I thought I was safe. But I was dieing every day a bit more…
Have a great start into the week!
This video refers to occasions that are associated with “bad luck” in Germany:
Walking underneath a ladder; a cat crossing the street in front of you.
Associated with actual luck:
Meeting a chimney sweeper.
David Lee Roth – lead singer of Van Halen, Success Rebel and Renaissance Man.
This is his autobiography.
Whenever I feel mellow and “down”, I pick up this book, read a few chapters, and my day is brightened up again.
I don’t think most people feel pleasure in a regular basis. On a scale that ranges from deep depression and rip-roaring fun, I’d guess most people idle between “not upset” and “not too upset”.
– David Lee Roth
David Lee Roth tells his life after and during the Van Halen years in a way that keeps you glued to your chair/bed/sofa.
I was with these two girls once; they were strippers up in Vancouver, Canada. They came up to me and said, “Dave, we’d like to go upstairs, the two of us, with you.” So I said, “Okay”. (…) One of the girls had fifteen hundred dollars in singles and fives and tens, he end-of-the week tips and pay and everything in her G-string. (…) I woke up at some point around dawn, the two of them were asleep, and all three of us were covered with money, every square inch had a dollar bill pasted to it – all exposed skin, and there was nothing but. The whole bed was covered with bills. Our bodies were covered with bills. There was bills in my underwear. Take a little picture of that.
This book is full of wisdom that accompanies you from the age you enter college until the age you die. I have yet to find a book with that broad of a range of topics. It gives advice from education and chosing a career to investment, legal matters, family and kids – including end of life planning.
The theme of the book is economics, and it gives you a complete roadmap to your financial planning. This is one of – if not the – most important parts of your life. Without good financial habits and forethought, you won’t be able to do much at all.
Underneath the economical aspect, however, lies a deeper truth. Our life is not about amassing “stuff”. It is about spending time.
This book provides fascinating insight into how we make our decisions based mostly on our unconscious mind.
A common saying is that “we are creatures of habit”. This book takes this even further to suggest that a lot of our decisions are made in our subconscious mind. We think we have decided something, when in fact it was decided for us in a part of our brain we can not easily access.
If you’ve actively read my last post – “actively” does not mean to skim it over and think to yourself “great idea” or “stupid article” – then you have a fundament and maybe a new understanding for your financial situation. Many people who have written a book about their life, a serious illness, a distressing personal situation that had accompanied them for a long time, about financial problems or drug addiction, mention afterwards that writing helped them to process these issues. For the first time, they had lined up everything in a clear structure.
When I was starting my training in Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP), it was similar for me (to learn more about this topic, click here). I was already aware of most of what NLP taught me, I had just never put it together for myself. To see connections in a specific order – a schedule for life, if you wish – adds another perspective and opens up new possibilities.
Have a great start into the week.