I’ve been putting off the idea of bringing back this weekly email for about six months now, but since I am pretty much stuck to the couch recovering from a torn Achilles, I have completely run out of excuses.
It’s easy to get depressed when you spend a full two weeks stuck in the house and have to have just about everything done for you, and that is definitely something that I am struggling with right now. But one of the best ways that I have found to fight back is to find sources of inspiration to keep me going.
Here are the three that jumped out at me this week.
I first found out about Jerry Saltz when he popped up in podcast app on the Longform Podcast, which is a constant source of inspiration for me. That interview was great, and I’d totally recommend checking it out.
I found a ton of inspiration throughout the article, but the big home run for me was this part from Lesson 21: Define Success:
Do you want the real definition of success? The best definition of success is time — the time to do your work.”
For someone like me that is constantly rushing through life, this needs to be tattooed on my forehead.
I’m a huge NBA guy, so I’ve been following LeBron James ever since ESPN started airing his high school games. But I’ve never heard him really kick back and relax in an interview.
I was shocked to see that he was on the Tim Ferriss podcast, and I really enjoyed the interview…especially the parts about his focus and loyalty to his family.
If I had been handed the amount of money and fame that he stepped into as a teenager, I am sure that I would not have come out the other side with as much integrity as he did. That’s inspiring.
I’ve had plenty of time for reading over the past week, and one book that I could not put down was Life, on the Line by Grant Achatz.
I’ve known about Achatz ever since seeing him on Chef’s Table. Then I heard his business partner, Nick Kokonas on the Tim Ferriss podcast earlier this year.
I have the Alinea cookbook sitting on my coffee table, and this weekend I ripped through Life, on the Line and found a lot of myself in Grant’s story.
This quote about going to work while he was battling cancer really struck me:
Alinea was the most comfortable place for me to be every
day,because I had exactly the kind of support I needed.”
I’m not fighting cancer. I just hurt my leg. It’s not the same thing. Not even close. But I need to get myself back to work becuase that is the best place for me to heal.
It’s nice to see that someone else understands that.
Have a great week!