April 1st – April 15th, 2017
Usually I avoid reading and watching political stuff, because it can make you crazy and hostile, but today I let myself get immersed in goings on in the US, read up on everything Trump has been doing and saying the past few months. And I must say, he’s doing much better than expected. He still has plenty of haters and detractors, but objectively speaking, he’s been a capable and reasonable president thus far. I stand corrected.
A big, unshaven Spanish man is asking me to show him the other thing I mentioned. I hesitate for a second, then drop my shorts and underwear, turn around and bend over. “I don’t see it,” he says. I make an adjustment and hear him say, “Ah, okay. I see it. You can dress now.” We return to his desk and sit at opposite sides. For a minute the only sound is him tapping on his keyboard.
Recorded an interview last night with Conor from the Everyday People podcast. Good dude. Got me thinking about moments that have shaped who I am. A big one was that time I picked up a basketball at my cousin’s house when I was 13 or 14 years old. That changed everything, greatly influenced my career choice and led me to New Orleans, where I started to become a man.
Two weeks ago I wrote how sales were slow for 3M1K. Now five have come through in an eight-day span. Not sure if I’ve turned the corner or just a fluke. My goal is to have at least ten per month consistently by the end of 2017. That would make it a viable business, which it hasn’t been so far this year.
Haven’t been taking care of myself enough lately so set a new goal with my Mastermind buddy: every day, between now and May, I must do five minutes of breath work (basic Wim Hof routine), ten minutes of exercise and/or stretching, and finish every shower with at least thirty seconds of maximum cold. Any day I slip up will cost me $200.
Time lapse of a little 20-minute beach workout I did yesterday in Las Palmas as the sun was going down.Posted by Disrupting the Rabblement on Friday, 7 April 2017
On a big-time upswing. Was Netflix bingeing last week, zoned out, dragging. Now I’m in full-on build-create-connect mode, oozing energy and interest, no time for Dexter, checking boxes and shaking hands and planning world domination. Two more sales of 3M1K came through today, afternoon coworking, sunset beach workout, dinner with a friend, chat with my girl, emails til midnight. Go go go.
This morning at a crosswalk I saw a woman run over to a friend stopped at the light to give her a hug and a kiss through the car window, smiles galore. I’ll miss that about Spain. The physical warmth and affection. That little touch on the arm that men give each other here, every hello or goodbye incomplete without it. Then again, I’m writing this on the plane back to Ireland, wishing the fat dude in the next seat would give me a little more space.
Chatting with an old friend about my new lady. “What age is she?” I tell him. “She’s too young,” he says, with the insinuation that it’ll never work. And I just smile and let him keep talking. No urge to explain or justify or change his mind. What he thinks of my relationship is none of my business.
I started shaving approximately 20 years ago. At two times per week, that’s 2,000 shaves to date, give or take. I’ve done it a lot. I’m very experienced. Yet I, like pretty much every other man, still cut myself sometimes. Simple things that should be automatic, we somehow manage to fuck them up occasionally. Probably best then that we don’t trust ourselves too much, even with simple things.
Decided to do a few talks while I’m home in Ireland for the next two weeks, see if I can help and inspire a few people and spread the word about 3M1K. Going to try hit up Waterford, Cork and Dublin. And so I don’t spend forever planning and organizing these things, asking myself the question, “What would it look like if it were easy?”
Idea to execution, fast as possible. Have the Dublin and Cork events lined up, venues secured, dates set, invites sent. Waterford is looking good, too, just need to confirm the details. My answer to that question yesterday? Inquire at established venues and reach out to connected people. They’ve already done the hard work of creating spaces and building communities.
Someone asked about my 8-minute workout routine, with no equipment. It’s pretty simple. First stretch for 5-10 minutes. Next, pick 5 different body-weight exercises (examples below). Use an app like Interval Timer and set it to 20 seconds on, 10 seconds off. Then proceed like this:
- 20 seconds push ups
- 10 seconds rest
- 20 seconds plank
- 10 seconds rest
- 20 seconds lunges
- 10 seconds rest
- 20 seconds burpees
- 10 seconds rest
- 20 seconds dips
- 40 seconds rest
- Repeat 2 more times
Go as hard as you can and you’ll be wrecked by the end of it.
Ten sales for 3M1K now in 2.5 weeks. That’s the goal reached. Just need to keep it going consistently. With these talks lined up and the content work I’m doing, finally starting to feel like everything is coming together and all the hard work is paying off.
Too many people hate their jobs, like this girl serving me in the cafe, obviously tired and pissed off and wanting to be somewhere else, anywhere else. It’s a chronic problem the world over: people doing work they dislike just to make a bit of money. Often not even good money. You’d think we’d have figured this out by now. Instead the majority are still slaving away.
Five us at the table, just like it used to be. This is rare nowadays. I’m reminded of that Wait But Why article. We used to do this almost every day of my childhood. Maybe 300 times a year for fifteen years. How many times will we experience it again? Once a year for another twenty? If we’re lucky. We’re at the tail end. Put away your phone, pause and appreciate.
Morning workout featuring cows, a watering can and diddly-idle music. It's what that montage in Rocky would have been like if Rocky was from the Irish countryside.Posted by Disrupting the Rabblement on Friday, 14 April 2017
In the comments below, let me know which of the above Momentos is your favorite. Which can you relate to?