More on Lifestyle Design

How big do you make your steps? One day, or one year, at a time? (src)

Lifestyle Design is definitely a buzzword after Tim Ferris and his “four” books, and I’ve been combing the web for interesting takes on what it means and how it can be applied. The whole idea of doing what you want, not becoming a slave to the corporate 9-17 (9a-5p, get it?), “retiring” now, etc. Yes, it’s glamorous, but also achievable with action put towards the right efforts. For me, it’s all about what I can do to change the world – financial stability is only a small part of that. Anyway, below are three items that came to me through one medium or another, and I’m sure they glad they did!

A very interesting character I met a few years ago, Markus Mindaugus, runs Living on Impluse, which, if nothing else, illustrates some really flashy site design (and it’s functional!). Markus writes:

Countless books, audiobooks, and productivity systems tried to teach me how I should be living my life to make it better, more efficient, more productive, blah blah blah. But very little of it actually stuck. As soon as I thought that I “had to do something” I started resisting it in the back of my mind. So I’m letting go of all of that.

His adventures take him around the globe, and while it seems all romanticized and well-of-course-he-could…it’s practical, too. He offers some great tips and I’ll be interviewing him for a future blog post. Stay tuned!

A superb discovery was Advanced Riskology, and in it, the interesting post entitled “A Little Guide To Making Better Guesses.” Author Tyler Tervooren, a self-professed “Professor of Risk,” writes:

I play the odds; it’s a numbers game. If you look at any given day, week, month, etc. of my life, I mean really examined it, you’d see a whole lot of failures. I don’t always write about them here because I think there’s more to learn from success than failure, but I make a lot, I mean a lot, of mistakes. But they’re small; I can recover quickly.

His whole idea is that while you may be afraid of taking risk, and that’s normal, don’t be afraid to make a bunch of small, tiny, but perhaps crazy decisions. See which one pans out. If one looks good, go for it. Even if it doesn’t succeed, you’ll probably learn a lot. Fear is a big issue here, and he writes about that extensively.

Lastly is a review of a book that will be definitely be sought after the next time I visit Half Price Books (the bookstore of choice for my girlfriend and me): The Art of Non-Conformity. My Money Blog gives an excellent review, emphasizing that once again, this book is all about living the life that you want, without restrictions imposed by jobs or society:

How do you create your ideal life? Spend your time towards your real priorities. Stop spending time on busywork or other inefficient activities. Realize that a “Stop-Doing List” is just as helpful as a “To Do” list. Instead of a “work/life balance”, which often works out to be “stop working so much, since you hate it, but enough so you can eat”, why not make your work align with what you want your effect on the world to be?

The review goes on to say that the book’s biggest strength is its motivating, energizing style. We could all use some of that from time to time – that’s what I try to do with this blog – but sitting down and reading an eloquent passage that makes life change seem doable is just wonderful!

With the weather finally starting to come around giving rise to lots of outdoor time, thing just seem possible now. Spring is traditionally time for a fresh start, so get motivated, take a risk, and start something new! You only “fail” if you don’t see the lesson in the outcome, be it good or bad.

  • Markus Mindaugas

    Thanks for the mention – glad to hear about your motivation to start something new. Whatever that is – I have one suggestion – think of it as big as you possibly can. Then after you do, sit down and multiply it by 10x. Then do it again. Pretty soon you’ll have a large ass goal worthy of giving the days of your life to.

  • Jonathan

    I love the part of about small mistakes. I think it’s powerful when people realize how much choice they really have each day.

    • Sam

      Thanks for the comment, Jonathan :)

  • runrevolt

    Thanks for posting this. This really resonated with my current mindset and was one more inspirational nudge to finally put an idea I’ve been kicking around into process mode. The future looks bright.

    • Sam

      You’re welcome dude! This stuff is really inspirational, isn’t it? We CAN do what we want!