Learn 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.

Skills to Pay the Bills and Lead a Better Life

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.

The 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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  1. I’ve had to put some pretty serious effort towards this lately. With work, business, family, and medical school applications happening, I can’t afford negative thoughts.

    My wife has been awesome about this too, helping me every step of the way!

  2. @ Graham — It’s always great to have someone in your corner, and it sounds like you are on path.

    @ Alik — Results are the name of the game!

  3. Hi JD, no surprise… I completely agree with you. LOL.
    It’s truly all about our mindset. If we get that right and think the best feeling thoughts that we have access to, everything else will fall into place. I can’t count the number of times I ran right into a new adventure without having any real qualifications to speak of. But I just knew I could do it. I learned what I needed to along the way, go the experience and always ended up successful, eventually. Mind wins over matter every time. 🙂


  4. @ Melody — So true — mind does win. And the beauty is we get to practice and perform all day long 😉

    Qualifications are nice, but I bet people like to hear your experience and insight with a fresh perspective. People are always hungry for real results from real people.

  5. This is short and sweet and a great balance to your 101 motivations post. Nice to be reading them together!

    I have been thinking about this in relationship to the book I just reviewed about those deceitful brain messages that we were trained to have first. Rename and reframe…and get right to the heart and gut of the matter and one will truly be thinking and gaining skills

    Another good write up Thank you

  6. Our mind is like a garden, which may be intelligently cultivated or allowed to run wild. If we do not plant useful seeds into it, then an abundance of useless weed seeds will overtake it and will continue to produce their kind.

  7. @ Patricia — Thank you. I like to mix it up.

    It reminds me of Voltaire’s famous quote, but with a twist … “No problem can withstand the assault of sustained thinking … with skill.”

    @ Rachel — I agree and I like the garden metaphor … it’s empowering because we can cultivate our gardens and we reap what we sow.

  8. Hi JD .. we learn as we go – some learn early, some later on – but there’s always something .. and if we open our minds at whatever time in life or wherever we are – we can always learn. Think of others first .. look after us – yes … but so much in life is helping others and asking questions along the way … being humble.

    As Rachel says .. taking time out to restock our garden is never a bad thing .. thanks – Hilary

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