Work Hard, Play Hard & More

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Well this past Memorial Day weekend was one of the best weekends of my life. I spent each day with great friends and had an all around good time. After all the fun was over I did feel a little down, but the next day I was extremely energized to work and get a lot done. This got me thinking about something Tim Ferriss said in the Four Hour Work Week about how he suggested one month of travel for every two months of work.

While not everyone can travel for a month his point was that you need relaxation and good times to keep you motivated and to keep you going. There have been times where all I have done is work with no social life and I was just miserable. I found it very hard to get motivated each day. As soon as I started going out more and enjoying life this all changed. I knew that I could continue to travel, have amazing times with friends and much more if I got more work done and made more money.

Many of people have told me, “you party too much” or “you go out a lot”. If these people could see the results that having great times has on my work I don’t think that they would say those things to me. For example this past week after Memorial Day I triple the traffic on ThinkComputers and put out twice as much content as the previous week. This of course led to more money.

Why do you think that so many successful people are traveling or partying? It is because one they have the means to and two it shows them what hard work can bring them. Have you ever been on an amazing trip? Or had an amazing night with friends? What if you could do that over and over again? That is why so many people I know have the work hard, play hard mentality. Life is too short to sit at home watching TV or doing things that don’t excite you.

If you are feeling some type of void, feeling unmotivated, or just down why not plan a trip or a night out with friends. It is amazing how good times with friends can really effect your work and outlook on everything.

Here is a little recap video of my Memorial Day weekend that my friend made. I’m not sure if you are going to want to watch it at work though!

Time To Reset

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While at times it seems like everything is going smoothly in life there will always be and most definitely be rough patches. Sometimes when you think you have everything figured out life throws you a curve ball and like all things in life you have to deal with it. I have been through times like this before and I know that what I’ve had to do is completely reset.

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

So how can you reset? Here is what I normally do.

Take a break – Sometimes you are so stressed or you don’t know how to deal with a situation that you just need to take a break from it all. I have actually done this in the past month by traveling (which I will blog about soon!). If you can not travel or get away the best thing to do is take a couple of day off just to yourself. This will give you the time you need to do my second tip which is…

Clearly define your goals – If it has to do with business or its personal the time you take off should give you the time to clearly define your goals. You can make a list or just have it in your head, but you should know what you want to accomplish in life, what you want to get out of life.

Spend time with friends – This is a big one anytime you are going through something rough in your life. Friends are not only there to provide comfort, but also will give you a second opinion on whatever the situation is. It is also good to get another perspective on something.

Remember life is not so bad – When bad things happen to us it seems like life gets a little darker, but you have to realize it is not the end of the world. Your life will go on and you have a lot to look forward too, whether it is great friends, family or business. Remember there are millions of people in this world who have it much worse.

Make a plan and execute it – Now that you realize it is not the end of the world, you have taken a break to define your goals, and sought the advice of friends it is now time to make a plan and execute it. What are you going to do on a daily basis to get back to where you were? How is this time going to be different? Once you have a plan setup carry it out in a timely manner.

Remember to not get too comfortable, always challenge yourself, you do not want your life to just be average.

The Importance of Having a Muse or Hobby

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When you are running your own business work can sometimes be all-consuming. There have been many times were I felt like all I ever did was work, I was stressed out, I couldn’t concentrate, it just was not healthy. Over the past year I have introduced hobbies and muses into my life which have really helped me get out of my funk and allowed me to get more work done. A muse or hobby can for example be traveling, cooking, sports or even a beautiful girl. Here are some of the things I’ve learned over the past year on the subject of a muses and hobbies.

Make sure they are not directly related to your job – For the longest time I tried to keep busy or get into things that were directly related to my business. For example I used to do a lot of PC gaming, but I realized that I don’t want to be sitting in front of a computer after a long day of work where I’m in front of the computer most of the time as it is.

Needs to be something you look forward to – A muse or hobby should be something that you really enjoy or look forward to. In the case of a beautiful girl I would have so much motivation to get work done or even work harder because I knew at the end of the day or week that I would be able to see that girl and do something nice for her. With anything if its something you look forward to then getting your work done should be no issue at all.

Let them bring out your creative side – I have to be creative in my job, I think most people do in some respect. I’ve had writers block multiple time and it is not fun. When I get to travel it always brings out my creative side because I am out of my normal element. If a hobby or muse helps you be more creative that should definitely help you out in your business.

You can have more than one – Some people I know have a single hobby. Besides work and family that is all they do. That seem’s pretty boring right? That would be like going to a buffet and trying only one thing! While I’m not saying have a million different hobbies have a few things that you really enjoy.

So the question I’m asking you is what is your muse or hobby? Let me know in the comments!

The #TIM05 Shipment from Quarterly

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I talked about getting my first Quarterly shipment a little while ago, and now I am actually on my 4th shipment from Tim Ferris, the 5th one he has sent out through Quarterly. The reason I like Quarterly over all of those other box-per-month companies is that you are able to follow actual people. If you are following someone you are into you are more than likely going to enjoy the items inside the box.

One thing I really like about Tim’s Quarterly’s boxes is that they are always worth more than what you pay for them. Each box is $100, TIM05 is worth $225 and if you remember TIM03 was worth $213.65. Anyway’s lets get into what all is inside of the TIM05 box.

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Let’s start with my favorite thing in the box, the William Painter Titanium Sunglasses. Yes they are made of Titanium! They also have notches in the side that will open beer bottles! Looks like I have my new pair of sunglasses for summer.

Chineasy is a book to help you learn Chinese. The makers of the book say it is a groundbreaking approach that transforms key Chinese characters into pictograms for easy recall and comprehension. It will be interesting to see how well this will actually work.

Ear Peace are ear plugs to help protect your ears and essentially give you peace. They come in an easy to carry container. I will be adding these to my travel bag for sure, they will be perfect for the plane ride.

Slaine: The Horned God is a graphic novel by Pat Mills and Simon Bisley. From the artwork it looks really cool and Tim said that the version we received was specially made for Quarterly subscribers.

The last item in the box is the Captains of Crush Hand Gripper. This is used to improve your grip strength. I think it will be interesting to add this to my workout routine.

I am pretty happy with the #TIM05 box. It is always great to get things that I can not only use, but will teach me new things. Tim has made a video going over all of the products in the box, you can check it out here.

A Weekend Visiting Finger Lakes Wine Country

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I have never been a huge fan of wine, it just really is not my thing. My girlfriend asked me if I wanted to go with her family to the Finger Lakes to visit wineries. While I’m not really a wine person I opted to go along as it is always good to get away.

The Finger Lakes are in Upstate New York and are a collection of Lakes that look like fingers. All around the lakes are wineries, breweries and distilleries. We stayed in a small town called Hammondsport, which is right on Keuka Lake. Apparently Hammondsport is “America’s Coolest Small Town”. We stayed at the Park Inn, which is a little place right in town. It only has 5 rooms, and each room is different.

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Most of the wineries are open from 10-5 daily. You can go in and do a tasting, normally $5 (make sure you bring cash). Some wineries allowed you to pick the specific wines you wanted others opted for you to pick Dry or Sweet. I think this is the best way to actually know if you like wine or not. You get to taste all different types of wine and really find out what wine you like. I found out that I really enjoy sweeter wines. Most of the wineries have more than just wine there, but since it was off season most of the other things were closed. I did end up buying wine from Bully Hill and Glenora.

We went to 2 pretty nice restaurants while we were in Hammondsport. The first was Union Block Italian Bistro. It was very nice inside and there was a lot to choose from. I opted for the Lobster Mac & Cheese which was on special.

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It was great and had quite a lot of Lobster inside!

The second place was called Snug Harbor and was right on the lake. Here I had “The Stripper” which is a New York Strip steak with black pepper Gorgonzola crust, served with McGregor Vineyards demi-glaze and chef’s potatoes.

The Stripper at Snug Harbor

It was very good and cooked perfectly.

I really enjoyed the weekend trip to the Finger Lakes and I would love to go back in the spring or summer when there is more going on. If you want to learn about wine and see if you actually like it a trip to the Finger Lakes would definitely help out!