Only the Paranoid Survive
I’m constantly battling between enjoying living my life now vs. worrying about my future.
On the weekends, I’m:
- catching up and reading the news (stock market, the economy, politics)
- going through my email inbox
- tackling a To Do list and
- cleaning the kitchen.
I am always doing something.
I never get to sit and relax.
I feel guilty because my 10-year-old son didn’t do better on the SSAT.
Where does this nervous energy come from?
When my dad comes to visit, I see him always working even though he is retired.
I ask my dad, “why are you always working?”
When he grew up on a farm, there was always something to do.
He would cut the grass, get a nice compliment from family members, and be motivated to do more work.
When I started my career, I read the book, Only the Paranoid Survive by Andrew Grove, who reveals his strategy that when massive change occurs, a company must adapt or fall by the wayside--in a new way.
Basically, the book taught me that you can never relax.
There will always be someone out there who will disrupt you.
- someone younger,
- faster, and
- cheaper to hire.
In Derek Sivers book, Hell Yeah or No, he writes about present-focused people enjoying life vs future-forecasted people who are successful in their careers, but often at the expense of personal relationships.
Both mindsets are necessary.
We all need a balance between present focus vs. thinking about our future.
You need a present focus to enjoy life.
But too much present focus can prevent the deeper happiness of achievement.
What actions can we take today to invest our time wisely so we can have fewer worries about the future?
Invest for your future.
My daughter caught this photo of me going through the trash.
Only the paranoid survive.
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