You May Never Find Balance in Life

You have to consume to create.

There is no way around it. If you are not learning, you will have nothing to talk about that adds value to your ecosystem.

Recently Matt and I had the opportunity to share the movies and documentaries that had a positive impact on us during 2016.

I highly recommend one of the documentaries on his list. It is one he recommended to me, I immediately watched, and as soon as I finished (at 11:30 pm) I texted him “Vi el documental de Minimalism. When do we start the Tour? :D”

If Shelly finds out all the possible plans we are making for tours, speaking engagements, and possible advanced studies, I think we could get in a lot of trouble.

But you will probably want to go on Tour too as soon as you finish watching Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things.

I have no doubt that you will connect with this documentary in some way. It provides many opportunities to do so.

The 80/20 of Professional Attire

Have you ever had to move? I’m sure that you probably did, and in the process you had to leave some things behind.

Maybe old things, or clothes you didn’t use much. But you were probably able to keep most of the things that have a high value to you, such as your Sports Cards Collection or your Sports Jersey Collection. Or any other possession that has high sentimental value (maybe even monetary value).

And of course there is no other way, living without all of these things is impossible.

I understand you because I had these same thoughts. And then I had to fit everything I wanted to have into two pieces of luggage and moved from Venezuela to Panamá.  

The good news is that anything left behind could be retrieved later, because I was leaving it “at home”. And then I had to move again, from Panamá to the U.S.

This time most of the things I had to leave behind couldn’t be retrieved. The most valuable possession I had to leave behind in Panamá is a great friendship that I was able to build in that short time. A friendship that feels like a lifetime one.

I had to learn about Minimalism the hard way. And know I love it. Thanks to this experience is why I know have been able to build an effective and efficient professional wardrobe, on a student budget.

Know I understand that in essence you only need two shirts, the one you are wearing and another one that you can wear while you clean the one you are wearing. Of course this is extreme, but by now you should know this is how we roll.

But I have been able to optimize my wardrobe by having 2-3 shirts, and at least two of each. That way I optimize laundry, I optimize time spent buying, and I optimize the time used to make a decision when picking an outfit. Thank you, minimalism.

The Minimalist Professional Wardrobe

·         2-3 White Shirts

·         2-3 Light Blue Shirts

·         2-3 Blue shirts with some sort of simple pattern

·         1 Charcoal Suit

·         1 Navy Suit

·         2 Pair of Oxfords toe cap (1 black & 1 brown)

·         Matching belt (if possible a reversible one)

·         Several blue and red ties

·         White pocket square

With these you will be able to create the illusion of an infinite wardrobe.

Keeping Score

You should keep score. And you should check that score often.

We talked about not scoring “0s” in any area of your life, it is no excuse that you have priorities.

You have 8 general areas that are important so that you can live a rich life. It doesn’t mean that you have to always be balanced. It doesn’t mean that you don’t have to prioritize.

It means, don’t score “0s” in any area. Even a 1 or 2 is better. Don’t forget about your family or about your health when hustling for your business or career.

And also your family is not an excuse for you to not push your boundaries in other areas.

Don’t focus on balance, you may never find it. Focus on being really good at something, and expanding those limits, while not letting any area be a “0”.

Summary: No “0s” on any area of your life.

I think the point is clear. And this point will also come across when watching the documentary.

Learning and sharing knowledge are my passions, let’s connect if those are yours too.

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