It has been nearly 10 years since Steve Jobs gave his now famous commencement speech at Stanford. Please Stay Hungry and Stay Foolish readers.
Steve Jobs 2005 Stanford Commencement Speech: Don’t Settle!
People who have never left the state or area in which they live love to give travel advice. Most of it is nonsense and based on no real facts. It is based on anecdotal stories told and re-told and re-told so that any truth has been stripped away. Travel. The water may not always be safe, you may not always have the best time of your life, but stories come from the times that are trying.
Take your kids, even if they do not remember the trip from when they are 1 or 2, they will still have pictures and talking about it will help install a sense of adventure. There will never be perfect time to travel, and there will never be a better time than now.
It is safer to stay home:
- Everyone hates Americans
- I heard that in <insert any country> if you are American they will kill, rape, and rob you.
- If you do go, make sure you DO NOT LEAVE THE RESORT!
In my running career I have made many mistakes along the way. Some more painful than others. One thing I learned long ago was to run often and keep most of my running to an easy pace. Over time my easy pace has changed, and even today bounces within a range depending on how I am feeling on any particular day. Running is simple, many over think running and make it more complicated than it needs to be. Keep your workouts simple and you will enjoy them far more.
- Just get out there and run. It is not that complicated. Put on your shoes and head out the door. Runners are made when they are running not when they are thinking about running. The single biggest piece of advice to running longer, faster, better is to run more frequently. Shoot for 3x a week and build from there.
- When increasing the amount of running you are doing add minutes not miles. Miles are made up of minutes, add minutes not miles. Miles may be too much for many. A mile might be 6 minutes or 12 minutes. Miles come with time, add minutes to your runs as you run longer.
I have too much stuff. Most people in America do. In fact, the poorer people are, the more stuff they seem to have. It boggles my mind when I drive around and see homes with a front yard full of old cars. For me at my home, I have too many books. I have made the switch from real books to eBooks, but can not find it in me to let go of the books that I own. I will one day. The second is on things I own but do not possess. I own an enormous amount of Legos from when I was growing up, more books and tools that I left in Chicago more than a decade ago. I will one day let go of all of it.
Some talk about minimalism, selling everything that does not fit into luggage or a small room. Minimalism is about having as little as possible. That’s not for me, I have a daughter, I want her to grow up in a stable home. I just want to have less stuff. I want to remove the stress, anxiety, and burdens of too much stuff. Stuff that we do not use, stuff that we have just because.
“You buy furniture. You tell yourself, this is the last sofa I will ever need in my life. Buy the sofa, then for a couple years you’re satisfied that no matter what goes wrong, at least you’ve got your sofa issue handled. Then the right set of dishes. Then the perfect bed. The drapes. The rug. Then you’re trapped in your lovely nest, and the things you used to own, now they own you.” Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club