Most of the time our attention is directed and focused for us.
Think about the work we say we have to go to.
Think about all the Facebook and Instagram posts we flutter our free time on.
Think about the shows we watch.
Add all those up and that’s most of the day that has been directed and controlled by an outside source.
But we can’t blame anyone because we give it away. We want a job because we’re not disciplined enough to work self directed. And we watch stuff because its there and gives structure to our free time.
And what is the alternative?
Personally I have found that the alternative is self directed focus and it is one of the hardest things to master.
If I mastered years ago, my life would look completely different, but there’s no time like the present. And I work day in and day out to focus my energy and efforts on self directed meaningful goals.
I once heard a quote that went something like ‘if you spent as much time working for your self as you did at your job you probobly wouldn’t need your job any longer.’
How Bieng HUNGRY FOR MILES Changed my Life
I know Jack shit about sports and I am the last person to be commenting on it but I got censored by a co-worker last night while I was talking to a guest about how Tom Brady pushes the rules.
My view was that it was his job to be working in the grey areas of legality to do everything possible to win, to be a master. And she, slightly drunk, asked me if I lived that way too.
Well yes I responded, I’d rather be the one pushing to see what’s ok and defining the limits of what’s legal than complacently obeying.
The rules are necessary but they only really apply in certain circumstances like games. If, for example, we were in a fight to the death or I was trying to date someone then the idea of rules becomes a whole mesh of grey areas that then become paralyzing if the idea of working on the edge of what is appropriate bothers me.
Especially when in every area that really matters, like these two examples, following arbitrary and popular rules would result in death or masturbating at home.
Like the old saying goes, all’s fair in love and war.
How Being ‘Hungry For Miles’ Changed My Life
I just finished sending in the final draft of my book ‘hungry for miles’ to be printed into a real book! and as I write this I just remembered that I didn’t put ‘by Nicholas Brunner’ on the cover… fuck, I’m not going to sleep yet.
To get my book up on my website and the choice today was go do laundry or go work on web site design… Yea I’m cool with dirty laundry for another day: coffee, whole foods and hustle, here I come
If I have a compelling reason to wake up before the sun… like go on a early- morning yoga class date… I will. #motivation
I was at the end of my laundry cycle…
All I had left were really, really short rugby shorts…
I forgot undies…
Then I did a yogi squat …
And lets just say I was hanging free,
For the class to see.
1. Its hard, so it helps the mellinial learn the value of work.
2. They get excersize with out having to plan it, one more thing off their plate.
3. They can stop bitching about the environment and DO something about the environment
4. It gives them an opportunity to get off their phone and interact with the real world with high consequences… which is a good thing because danger is a reality and it helps mellinials to not be ‘triggered’ and toughen up.
5. Melinnials can have a good excuse to have facial hair from the 1800’s: because their using transportation from the 1800’s
6. With all the money they save they can move closer to the action and share nicer apartments with cooler roommates.