Milk and Cigarettes

Rambles about stuff I like.

Started out about academia then slipped into goals.

Ahhh, Friday. A day off from the gym and the first day of my 4 day weekend. 

I tell ya, there’s no better gig than being an academic. I’ve had a 2-day work week all summer (except for the occasional Monday where I have to go in a print off a test, which takes less then 30 minutes.) Come the fall, I’ll likely have a similar 2-day work week and all the young hotties will be back on campus again. Can’t beat that work environment!

Best of all, I’m not stuck in a godawful cubicle for 8 hours a day, slaving away for the man. I remember doing that – how I loathed it.

I’d have to say that my core philosophy can be summed up as follows: work sucks.

Work is doing anything you don’t want to do in exchange for money. I’m not saying that there’s no work in academia, but for the majority of the time, I get to focus on studying something I really like. What’s more, the amount of time I spend doing stuff I like far outweighs the time I spend working – plus, I get paid for all of it. 

My approach when it comes to goals in life is to minimize work and to maximize the amount I can get paid for doing what I like. Next September, I will likely be doing a post-doc at some University somewhere. This sounds like the ultimate gig to me – it’s a salaried position paying between $60,000-$75,000 – and I spend the entirety of my day doing research. There’s no teaching, no TA’ing and no real hassles to worry about. I get to hide away in my ivory tower – probably even work from home if I so choose – and make money for doing stuff I would be doing anyway. That’s like the definition of success.

The funny thing about success is that it’s a step by step process. Many, many people have become great successes in life – and due to the law of cause and effect – we can retrace the steps of these great people, figure out what they did to become successful, and copy those steps ourselves. 

Every motivational speaker – whether it’s Tony Robbins, Jim Rohn, Brian Tracy, Steven Covey, etc… – has figured out what it takes to be successful, and the difference between each speaker is simply how they present the material. Ultimately, we can all be successful, as long as we follow what works. Every motivational speaker is teaching us the same thing – what it takes to be successful.

Sadly, though, most people don’t do what it takes to become successful. In fact, I remember reading that the average number of times a person tries something new is less than 1. LESS THAN 1. That means, basically, a great majority of people don’t try to do new things. One way to interpret this is that a great majority of people, once they’ve established their habits, don’t ever try and change or improve their habits.

The difference between winners and losers in life is that the winners fail more often. Why’s this? Because winners try new things! Not only that, winners refuse to give up! No one is good at anything on their first try. It takes time to learn a new skill, or learn how to do something new. Most people try, fail, and then give up. But winners try, try and try again. Winners are determined to succeed, and it’s this determination which ultimately lets them succeed, no matter how much they fail


August 2, 2013 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , ,

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