A great commercial reminding you – to enjoy being you.
Let them be them and you be you. Unsubscribe from the idolatry of celebrity, and the guilt and shame placed upon you by society. Cultivate authenticity, grab a drink, find a beach, and practice being you for a while.
A few lazy weekend recovery hours spent scouring the web produced a persistent question: How will businesses monetize 5 years from now? Thinking with a futuristic viewpoint of 5 years may realistically be like looking ahead the next 3 months when you consider the exponential pace of change in the Information Age, factor in a turbulent global economy, and various external pressures motivating businesses to innovate and evolve. So one way or another, we’re talking about the not so distant future and how it affects you. Let’s explore how the heck we’ll make money in the months and years to come.
So often we are asked to explore our identities and our purpose in life and work. So, what’s our story? What is Heroik Media? We put together a brief video teaser to share a little bit about our company, movement and culture. We’re excited about what is to come and we want you to get involved. Tell us what you think in the comments.
Military training teaches you self-discipline and focus that can give you an edge in a world of distracted procrastinators. Distraction, procrastination and mission drift come easy to our brains in any environment, be it in business, in the wild or on the battlefield. On the show Man vs. Wild, survival expert, mountaineer and special forces soldier, Bear Grylls often talks about the distractions and the importance of having the right priorities. In particular, in tough situations, the ability to get mission focused is key.
In survival scenarios, when times are tough and energy is low, get focused on the mission.
The unavoidable truth about getting things done in any scenario, is that it takes discipline and will power to focus the mind on accomplishing a task. There is no secret work-around to cultivating self-discipline. Call attention to your tasks while recognizing the distractions, simply by entering a mission focused mindset.
In life, entrepreneurial and cultural mythology, and Heroik chronicles neglect to tell you all the important stages of self development required before you run off to slay dragons and conquer the world. The facts are that everyone comes ill equipped and most turn around and give up. If you want to succeed you’ll need to pursue life whole heartedly, with a sense of worthiness. People who have a strong sense of worthiness, have a strong sense of love and belonging. The difference between those that have it and those that struggle for it and wonder if they’re good enough is simply belief. People who have a strong sense of love and belonging believe that they are worthy of love and belonging.
The way the whole hearted live. The following tips are based on over 8 years of research by Dr. Brene Brown and are pulled from common traits of those who feel worthy and live with a strong sense of love and belonging. So, how do you achieve worthiness?
People were STARING. They could have been pointing too, though I didn’t actually see it. You’d think they’d never seen a home-made sledge stacked high with trash being dragged across the beach before…
So that’s a bit of the cart before the horse, so let me begin again. Nicholas McGill (lastofthechivalrous) started things off. Thinking about it, he started way before the actual event, by signing up for the Tough Mudder scheduled for September 2011. I followed and joined his team as part of my Path To Fitness last year. Micah and Dave rounded out the team and we all committed to training. Nicholas wanted to get some team building going, and suggested a Road Trip to Point Reyes. Micah and I joined in and off we went.
The first step to become Heroik is to cultivate bravery.
Recklessness is bravery to excess. Cowardice is a lack thereof. Much of the world prefers cowards. We believe it’s better to edge a bit towards the reckless side of the bravery continuum as often times, the worst case scenarios aren’t nearly as perilous as the world would have you believe.They’re easier to manage and will work for less. At Heroik, we have a mantra that allows us to Get Heroik each and every day. We remind ourselves to bring our own bravery; to own and control our efforts and outcomes in life. Every challenge we undertake, every project and adventure, the least we can do is to be responsible and courageous enough not to look to others when it is time to get things done, have a good time, share epic experiences and lend a hand. We bring our own bravery, lead by example; get in there and get dirty.
Picture Batman robbed of his utility belt. He’s still more than able whoop your ass, solve the riddle and save the day. You too, should aspire to cultivate your skills to the point that armed with only the most primitive of tools, locked in an 8×10 room with a magic marker, you (your ideas, filters, lenses and processes) can be just as dangerous and powerful. Do you want more mental clarity, focus, less anxiety and stress? This year, this month, this week, try something different and get back to the basics. Brush the dust off a pen and paper, visit ye olde staples, follow along, get involved, and measure your gains. Spend the $10 on a pad of paper and something to write with. I recommend a moleskine notebook and a good pen. Just as a fool trusts his life to a weapon, do not place ultimate faith in your gadgetry. I’m not anti-tech. I’m a thrivalist. Read on if you want to become a bare knuckle biz champion of productivity.
The Book of the Five Rings is a work written by a legendary swordsman and artist, Miyamoto Musashi. Active during what is called the Kyoto Renaissance 1550-1650, Musashi traveled throughout Japan studying many different styles of Martial Arts and many walks of life. He met, studied and conversed with masters and leaders of his day, and with a critical eye and focus on fluidity and effectiveness, he adapted only that which would achieve victory. His style and skill led him to over 60 victories, which is an astounding feat, even for a master in those days. On October 10, 1643, in an act of purification after sensing a fatal disease, Musahsi, climbed Mount Iwato in the province of Higo on the island of Kyushu, and began to write The Book of Five Rings. He intended his work to be a guide for his followers he had trained face to face. In this book, Musashi offers timeless advice on navigating life, training the mind and defeating an adversary.
Today, The Book of the Five Rings is required reading for Harvard Business students and is of tremendous value to those with sense enough to see beyond material, linear, checkerboard solutions to life’s challenges. Below is an assortment of important lines from the book, along with a few modern thoughts strewn in here and there. As with many works of the East, this isn’t simply a book you read. The knowledge in this book is best captured by taking the time to read, practice, study, re-visit and re-read.