Welcome to “My Brain & I” (AKA my blog).
Why “My Brain and I”?
I read a thought-provoking book a while back entitled, “Solve For Happiness”. In it the author puts forth the idea that your thoughts are not really you. How’s that you ask? The logic is if you can be aware of your thoughts how can they be you? Well, where do your thoughts come from. I have come to the conclusion and subscribe to the idea that they come from my brain. Therefore, my brain cannot be me. Of course, I’m very attached to my brain, I love him dearly and I see him as my best friend, my life-long companion.
You could be saying, “Rudy, you’re nuts.” (Like my wife does.) I hear you so allow me to explain. Have you ever been lying in bed and you want desperately to go to sleep but your brain says no. Your brain is insistent on keeping you awake with endless thoughts, ideas, worries, etc.? Exactly. I knew it. Point made. Proof positive your brain, like mine, is not you.
So I decided to run with that. I’m going to take my brain with me and explore the world. We’re going to share all that we learn as we dive into the subject of longevity (my brain and I are working hard to increase our health span), all things future and whatever else we decide to be curious about. We’re going to read books, watch films, shoot video interviews with smart, cool people and share with you all the interesting stuff we uncover. Feel free to think of us as kooky research scientists; we run experiments on ourselves using our time and money, find out what happens and is notable, and then provide you with the results in the form of text, images, audio and video.
Sound fun? Let’s do it.
There are way more than five epic mistakes people typically make when trying to achieve their dreams but for today, I’ll focus on five biggies.
1. We give up before we reach success.
As humans we tend to over-estimate what we can do in the short term and under-estimate what we can do over longer periods of time. As such, we get...
When I was forty-six years old, I wasn’t happy with my career. I had just spent the last dozen or so years building my documentary production company and we were experiencing tough times. I was getting older, budgets were getting tighter, and the work wasn’t getting any easier. Life was stressful. Around that time, I kept thinking...
As I stand here at the beginning of a new year, pondering what I’m going to do (and not do) this coming year, Brain reminded me of something… I did quite a lot this past year. I accomplished much. And as I look to the future, I believe it’s important to recognize and give myself credit for that which I did this past year,...
Have you ever wondered, how exactly do we learn? My Brain and I have. And so, we did some research. Turns out it’s a repeatable process that happens every time we set out to learn something new. Here’s what it is and how to make it work any time you want to learn something you know absolutely nothing about.
In the 1970’s,...
What is it that awakens and drives both our creative and entrepreneurial spirit?
The answer: passion.
The word, desire may also come to mind.
Sometimes the words passion and desire are used interchangeably but I’d like to start by making a distinction.
Desire is external. We desire something outside of us. A person, a place, a thing.
In researching this post, Brain and I discovered something called, “logotherapy”. It’s a form of psychotherapy and its premise is the idea that humankind’s greatest motivation, and our greatest task, is our search for meaning2. The man who developed it, Dr. Viktor Frankl, did so from a place of unimaginable suffering.
I have two words for you to consider:
Chaos and messy.
Some of us are completely comfortable with chaos and/or messiness.
Some of us not so much.
For those of you in the chaotic, messy camp… you’re going to love this.
For those of you that prefer life to be organized and tidy… perhaps not so much.
But, like it or not,...
Entrepreneur is one of my favorite words. It can be interpreted in so many ways.
Let’s begin with the dictionary’s definition…
[ ahn-truh-pruh-nur, -noo r; French ahn-truh-pruh-nœr ]
French: literally, one who undertakes (some task)
This is not as simple of a question as it may seem. To begin, please consider this quote,
“Someone once told me the definition of Hell: The last day you have on earth, the person you became will meet the person you could have become.”1
I really tried to find who wrote this quote but it has remained a...