Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Focus, focus, focus.....


In order to motivate myself and also to learn I will focus on three books only:
- Career success without a real job - the career book for people too smart to work in corporations by Ernie J. Zelinski
- The well-fed self-publischer by Peter Bowerman
- Guide to Trance-formation - Make your life great by Richard Bandler

Ah, I have a few other good books in mind, but I think it is good to focus on 3 books.
Actions must follow: 1% theory, 99% practice.....

These three books or better three authors shall coach me in the next months: The goal is clear: A living without being an employee. I want to be free.......:)
I want to travel whenever I like to.
I want to get up when I'm well-rested.
I want to spend my time with activities that I like.

2 comments:

rhh said...

Ursula wrote:
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The goal is clear: A living without being an employee. I want to be free.......:)
I want to travel whenever I like to.
I want to get up when I'm well-rested.
I want to spend my time with activities that I like.

I can’t pass up this goal setting quest without commenting. As an undergraduate, I was very orthodox and setting goals were very much part of my ‘life's journey.’ However, in Gurdjieff terms, I was very much ASLEEP. Not knowing this, I set as my goals: to retire before I reached 60, write two text books, and have 25 publications. I reached all three, but I now realize that one of my sub-goals was what allowed me the greatest freedom -- to be free to live on my discretionary income.

My wife was frugal and I was interested in investing. This is a good start toward an independent lifestyle. In spite of the recession(s), those two things allow us to do what we want because now our portfolio and pension sustains us. Now we can live a life style similar to what you have expressed.

It didn’t start out that way, however. When I retired (at 59 ½), my first thought was to live in the library and continue to pursue knowledge. After 2 weeks, I realize that without any students, this was all for nothing. Then I wanted to travel as the National Lecture for the Theosophical Society, but after 6 months off and on the road, I wasn’t living MY life, but somebody else’s master plan. Now I’m doing your last goal – doing my own activities.

I’m not ‘rich’, but it seems the key is having an adequate income to simply ‘be’ and follow your Dharma. Your goals are a good path toward the future, but remember that the future is probably ‘pathless.’ Based on our short time in our discussions, it seems you are doing a good job of moving toward your goals.

This is hard to say so much in a few words isn’t it.

Ursula said...

Oh, thank you very much for you long email and for sharing so much about you.

Gurdjieff and the Forth Way says me something and he is right: most of the time we act as machines, because we are asleep.

It's great what you have done in your job life.

Shares are something that interest me a lot, unfortunataly right now I have half of the money that I have invested. I must think what to do here.

I think new things come in my life now. It is still not precise what it will be, it is airy. But it will form. The year is still fresh. :)