Skills to Pay the Bills and Lead a Better Life
“If money is your hope for independence you will never have it. The only real security that a man will have in this world is a reserve of knowledge, experience, and ability.” — Henry Ford
When somebody asks me what Sources of Insight is all about, I tell them it’s a few things:
- Proven practices for personal empowerment
- Standing on the shoulders of giants
- The world’s best insight and action for work and life
- Wisdom of the ages and modern sages, drawing from books, people, and quotes
- Sharing and scaling expertise for skilled living
- Life hacks that work
- Getting better, faster, and simpler results
- Cross-cutting skills for life (goals, focus, leadership, motivation, productivity, self-awareness, time management, etc.)
Some things are aspirational. Some things are very practical. I measure it against effectiveness.
At the end of the day, it all comes down to one thing …
Skills to pay the bills and lead a better life.
“Skills to pay the bills” is an old saying that basically means you’ve got the skills to deal with the situations you’re in. My friends and I used this whenever we pulled one of our best James Bond moves. It means you’re effective. You’ve got the mental models, strategies, tactics, and coping mechanisms to respond to your challenges … with skill.
“Leading a better life” simply means being more of who you are, making the most of what you’ve got, and creating the experiences you want.
Skills are the Game Changer
Putting the two together, we get “Skills to pay the bills and lead a better life” and when I tell people that’s what Sources of Insight is about, their eyes light up like a kid in a candy store. There’s something fun about it, and I think people like the blending of work and life in a way that’s skills-based.
Life doesn’t come with a great playbook. Even if it did, we still need the experience and wisdom that only comes from jumping into the pool of life. That said, skills are the game changer and I’ve seen them first hand help people succeed, and change their lot in life, whether it’s to go play with the dolphins, or to swim with the sharks, or to dive into the deep end of the pool with confidence.
One Skill You Get to Practice Several Thousand Times a Day
What’s one skill you can learn today that can help you shape a better moment, a better day, and an even better tomorrow? … It’s simple to learn and get fast results, but it takes practice to master. Here it is …
… Think the thoughts that serve you.
How can you practice? … Simply ask yourself, “Does that thought serve you?”, or “What thought would serve me better?”
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