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Rethink

Is your time and effort an expense to be managed or an investment?

jeff noel bead jar
From early 2016.

 

Do you see the time you use for self-reflection as an expense to be managed or as a non-negotiable investment?

 

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Dear Son

The jar has been there for 18 years

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Final bead comes out today. The bead jar has been on my desk for 18 years. 

The jar has been there for 18 years.

The jar was filled with 936 small beads – one bead for every weekend in an 18-year old’s life.

Our Son turns 18 tomorrow.

i have a calendar appointment for every Saturday labeled “take a bead”.

Today is Saturday.

The jar in the photo above is now empty.

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Recommit

Unless it’s worth defending…

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The bead jar, pictured here, is now empty. Every weekend for 18 years, i’ve removed one bead – what began filled with 936 beads is now empty.

 

Unless it’s worth defending, it will never get the time, attention, energy, and effort it deserves.

Your attitude.

Your health.

Your spirit.

Your work.

Your home.

No one cares more about your life than you.

Decide what’s worth defending and set out to defend it.

Until death do us part.

 

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About Mid Life Celebration

You’re in charge of creatively solving your life’s biggest challenges

jeff noel's bead jar Disney
Removed bead #18 24 hours ago. On my desk sits this jar, and this jar and the 936  beads to fill it cost $10 nearly 18 years ago. Every Saturday, since 2000, i have removed one bead.

 

Dear Son,

You’re in charge of creatively solving your life’s biggest challenges.

If you take this seriously – for a lifetime – you risk alienating yourself from people close to you.

Why?

How?

Here’s why and how: Being driven to achieve your impossible dream reminds others they’ve given up on theirs.

Your forward motion is too painful for them to watch.

PS. You will have this same battle with yourself. Your old self will do everything possible to remind you that your odds of success are tiny.

 

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