Ladies and gents,
The first episode of the Gage & Marshall Show is now live:
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- 0:10 – What Gage’s new book is about
- 1:00 – How the zombie apocalypse happened
- 1:27 – My favorite response in the interview (responding to, “Are these zombies fast or slow?”)
- 1:42 – Where Gage is at in the process of making this book
- 2:54 – Gage’s final thoughts – expert advice on writing a story
Tim Ferriss asks the question, “When you think of success, who’s the first person who comes to mind?”
Derek Sivers answered this question by pointing out that the first person who comes to mind probably isn’t the best answer. The first person who comes to mind might be rich and famous, but maybe that person intended to have a quiet life and just happened to become rich and famous. Sivers said that in order to judge who’s successful, you’d first need to know their intentions and goals.
I’d like to add another piece to this equation. Not only do you need to know their intentions and goals, you’d also need a standard for good intentions and goals. Hitler was devastatingly successful at killing Jews (though notably not completely successful), but I’d like to keep Hitler out of my list of most successful people.
Perhaps two examples could help clarify this:
- Jim Elliot said, “Wherever you are, be all there. Live to the hilt every situation you believe to be the will of God.” He thought he was called to be a missionary to share Jesus with the Auca Indians in South America. He dove in, ended up getting killed in the process, but the Auca Indians learned about Jesus because of his work.
- George Muller said, “The three chief reasons for establishing an Orphan House are: 1. That God may be glorified, should he be pleased to furnish me with the means, in its being seen that it is not a vain thing to trust in him; and that thus the faith of his children may be strengthened. 2. The spiritual welfare of fatherless and motherless children. 3. Their temporal welfare.” He ended up housing over 10,000 orphans in his lifetime, all without asking anyone except God directly for financial support, and his ministry was known around the world for his faith.
To me, not only did these men achieve what they set out to achieve, they also set out to achieve the right things. That’s what makes them successful.
“Ask yourself if you are happy, and you cease to be so.” -John Stuart Mill
“We are never happy; we can only remember that we were once.” -Alexander Smith
Gretchen Rubin says she rejects both of these.
I think there’s some truth in both of them, insofar as they can be true. You can reflect on your situation and immediately become dissatisfied where you weren’t before. You can reflect on what’s happening now and feel like you don’t have enough.
I think many people go through life this way.
But I don’t think it must be this way. And I don’t think it should be this way.
I think you and I can reflect on what’s happening now and feel completely satisfied, fully fulfilled, intensely grateful.
I think it’s a choice.
I know it’s a choice.
Choice is what it means to give thanks.