In Permanent Beta

Escape the 9 to 5 Living the 80/20 Way

By June 6, 2018 #inpermanentbeta, Simplicity & Minimalism
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Have you ever won­dered how some peo­ple seem to have it all?  They work a lot less than we do and some­how make more and have time for more than the rest of us do?

In his book, Liv­ing the 80/20 Way, Richard Koch shares one of sev­eral impor­tant con­cepts: Hap­pi­ness Islands.

What do you spend 80 per­cent of your time doing that only con­tributes to 20 per­cent of your hap­pi­ness?  For me, it is doing unful­fill­ing work.  Yes, we all need to work, for dif­fer­ent rea­sons.

But like Oprah says, “Do what you have to do until you can do what you want to do.”

I’m cur­rently on mater­nity leave.  I appre­ci­ate hav­ing a well-paying job and my awe­some col­leagues, but I’m not inspired.  In fact, some­times the work that I have to per­form makes me feel mildly depressed.  This is a prob­lem. Con­tinue Read­ing

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The Uncertainty of Life

By May 6, 2018 #inpermanentbeta, Chronicles of Irís, Lifestyle
The Uncertainty of Life - Part I

There’s always immense fear when we decide to change careers, start a busi­ness or go into uncharted sea because we are leav­ing the shore of safety.  We are con­tent with our sit­u­a­tion, but some­thing is miss­ing.  For me, adven­ture is miss­ing.  Going into the unknown always gives me a thrill.  I feel alive and I live for that feel­ing.

The heart starts pul­sat­ing again; again you are alive, fully alive.  Every fiber of your being is alive because you have accepted the chal­lenge of the unknown.  To accept the chal­lenge of the unknown, in spite of all fears, is courage.” Osho

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What If I Did the Opposite?

By March 9, 2018 #inpermanentbeta, Work

Dear Read­ers,

It is a plea­sure to be in touch with you again.  Thank you for the oppor­tu­nity to share.

I have been con­tem­plat­ing a seri­ous ques­tion over the past sev­eral years, which I’ve put to the test, albeit cau­tiously since then.  But it isn’t until recently that I have decided to push its lim­its.  What if I did the oppo­site?  A ques­tion I bor­rowed from the 4-Hour Work Week.

Every­thing pop­u­lar is wrong.” Oscar Wilde, The Impor­tance of Being Earnest

I’ll share one of sev­eral exam­ples where doing the oppo­site of what most are doing has worked in my favor. Con­tinue Read­ing

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The Simplicity of Consistency

By February 1, 2018 #inpermanentbeta, Simplicity & Minimalism

Keep it simple

There are sim­ple, but pro­found dis­ci­plines that lead us in the direc­tion of our desires.  These are tiny small steps that over­time “com­pound” and cre­ate a rip­ple that will either reap havoc or suc­cess in our lives.

In his book, “The Com­pound Effect”,  Dar­ren Hardy dis­cusses these seem­ingly incon­se­quen­tial tiny steps and actions that if done every day will surely take your life in a new pos­i­tive direc­tion.  The catch to the com­pound effect is that it takes time to see results and unfor­tu­nately we live in an era where we want imme­di­ate grat­i­fi­ca­tion.  We want the “overnight” suc­cess.  How­ever, there’s no such thing.  Suc­cess takes hard work, con­sis­tency and a whole lot of faith.

So what are some areas in your life where you can be con­sis­tent?  If you read for even 15 min­utes every sin­gle day, with­out fail, within a few years you would have read dozens of books.  But if you declare that you’re going to read for an hour each day, well that’s fan­tas­tic, but life hap­pens and there will be days (many days) when you won’t be able to read for an hour and you’ll find your­self say­ing, “Well, I don’t have the time to read today so I won’t read at all.” A year will go by and you will not have advanced much in your read­ing.  Believe me, I know this all too well and I’m an avid reader!

But remem­ber, the com­pound effect is about tak­ing small steps con­sis­tently.  Surely we can all com­mit 15 min­utes of our day to read­ing some­thing that’s going to give us an edge in our careers, inspire us to push a lit­tle harder or just teach us how to do some­thing bet­ter.  And it doesn’t just stop there.  Read­ing qual­ity mate­r­ial has a trickle effect (assum­ing you apply the prin­ci­ples you learn).  The knowl­edge, the con­cepts and ideas learned are equiv­a­lent to a col­lege degree or much bet­ter!

For­mal edu­ca­tion will make you a liv­ing; self-education will make you a for­tune.” Jim Rohn

These small actions when per­formed con­sis­tently become habits: some­thing you do auto­mat­i­cally, like drink­ing water or brush­ing your teeth.  You don’t have to put energy or much thought into doing it.  It’s a part of your lifestyle.  For me, I’ve been read­ing con­sis­tently for years every day, so now when I read it’s no big ordeal because it’s a part of who I am (though this wasn’t always the case).  It’s a good habit that I prac­tice every day.

Another habit that has become auto­matic is set­ting money aside for taxes each pay period.  I started set­ting addi­tional with­hold­ings from each pay period at the begin­ning of 2016 and it’s been great.  It’s not a huge amount, so I don’t even notice it.  But it’s some­thing that has helped me not fall behind on taxes each year.  There’s now a sur­plus for Uncle Sam to take.

Can you think about doing this with your retire­ment plan or putting money aside for a rainy day?  It’s freaky to put aside $500 each month into our sav­ings.  Most of us don’t have that much left after pay­ing our bills and liv­ing expenses!  But con­sider set­ting aside $50 per pay check; set up an auto­matic pay­ment plan (you are pay­ing your­self).  I promise you will not notice the dif­fer­ence in your pay­check after a few times.  Before you know it, that small $50 dol­lar con­tri­bu­tion into your sav­ings account has com­pounded into a nice cush­ion for you and your fam­ily.

This is the lovely thing about con­sis­tency and the com­pound effect.  And you can apply it to every life domain.  I urge you all to think of areas where you can take smaller steps towards your over­all goals.

You can absolutely do this in every area of your life. Remem­ber, you don’t have to com­mit to a lot, as long as you take action every sin­gle day.  Con­sis­tency is key.  That’s it.  It really is that sim­ple.

Can you drink one less cup of cof­fee per day? Sure, you can han­dle that.  Can you give up cof­fee entirely?  Woah, now that may be ask­ing for a lot…but surely you can drink one less cup per day.  Once you’re com­fort­able with one less cup of this addic­tive legal stim­u­lant you can try this method again.  Maybe this time you will mix half decaf, half caf­feine.  Do that for a while (con­sis­tently) and then remove the caf­feine all together and now you’ve rid your­self of two cups of cof­fee per day.  That’s progress and it wasn’t so dif­fi­cult.  You can repeat this process until you have reached your goal.

I’m a cof­fee drinker.  I love wrap­ping my hands around a nice hot cup of cof­fee.  But I only drink one cup every other day, some­times just a cup on the week­ends.  It’s become a treat and some­thing I look for­ward to.  I don’t have to give it up entirely, but I know I can scale back a lit­tle, not a lot, just enough.

The small­est deci­sions shape our lives.  Stray off course by just two mil­lime­ters and your tra­jec­tory changes.”




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Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions Simple and Attainable

By January 22, 2018 #inpermanentbeta, #MondayMotivation


The year I had in 2017 is a fit­ting tes­ta­ment that you can truly design the life that you want, in every domain.  Though I have been study­ing the mind for what it seems like years, it was only a year ago that I finally got “it”.  I was work­ing tire­lessly towards my goals and things were just not pan­ning out, despite the work and effort I was putting.

I retraced my steps, learned where I was going wrong, had sev­eral A-ha moments, changed what wasn’t work­ing, and only then did things really start to take off.  I now take rein­ven­tion as a per­sonal challenge–a pro­duc­tive game I’ve become obsessed with.

I read some­thing quite pro­found the other day from one of my favorite authors, Steve Chan­dler.  He said, “be use­ful rather than enter­tain­ing.”  I thought, wow.  This is really great advise.  I am an opti­mist; I enjoy help­ing peo­ple believe how beau­ti­ful they are.  But get­ting peo­ple tem­porar­ily excited with­out giv­ing them some­thing they can use is not very help­ful.

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