#MyWeeklyGems 15 - No Excuses - 21st Century - Ideas

Posted Dec 9, 2016 by Mathieu Chiasson

All gems from this week can be used in many ways to make 2017 a better year. With 2016 coming to an end soon, it's time to start pondering on how we want to shape our next year. It's important to start thinking about that and not let another year to simply pass by.

Quote I’m pondering

“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.” - Alvin Toffler

Article I enjoyed

Here’s a blog post from John Addison. I love the way John simplifies things. In this one he explain the pointlessness of excuses. A while back I’ve made a point not to use excuses, I still catch myself trying to hide behind them once in a while. If I do I try to correct myself. It’s not easy, but it’s one of those unlearning and relearning thing needed in the 21st century.

Excuses are the enemy of Results

"You’ve got to take responsibility for where you’re at, sometimes even if it’s not your fault” - John Addison

From My Journal

I gather many ideas and notes about all sorts of things in my journal, once in a while I take some time to revisit its pages. Here’s a little concept that I used this week and will also use as I look into what I’ll do in 2017.

If you’re reading this, you’re most likely like me and have many great ideas coming and going. Many things you want to do and accomplish. Time being a limit we all have, it’s important to choose what to focus on.

Here’s a way to filter through your ideas. Is your idea...

1 - FAST - Is this something you can do quickly or something that will take a lot of time.
2 - EASY - Is it something you can do with a reasonable effort or something that will demand too much effort.
3 - PROFITABLE - What is the potential return of you idea, it doesn’t have to monetary but could as well be long lasting memories for your whole family or a huge health benefit. I sometimes do stuff that might not be worth spending time on, like this.

The idea is not to never tackle the longer and harder projects but to start with the easier ones to build momentum and good habits.

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