I’m taking a break from the regularly scheduled Bookkeeping 101 post to step back and look bigger picture. I was listening to the Tim Ferriss Podcast the other day and he had a reading of Ryan Holiday’s new book, “Ego Is The Enemy”. In this chapter titled, “What’s Important To You?” Ryan puts into eloquent words the ideas that I often think about & fail miserably at explaining. So, since he does it much better, here are his words,
“According to Seneca, the Greek word Eutemia is one we should think of often. It is the sense of our own path and how to stay on it without getting distracted by all the others that intersect it. It’s not about beating or having more than the other guy. It’s about being what you are and being as good as possible at it without succumbing to all the things that draw you away from it. It’s about going where you set out to go. It’s about accomplishing the most you are capable of in what you choose. No more. No Less.” …” Eutemia means tranquility in English. It’s time to sit down and think about what’s truly important to you and then take steps to forsake the rest. Without this success will not be pleasurable or nearly as complete as it could be. Or worse, it won’t last. This is especially true with money. If you don’t know how much you need, the default easily becomes – More. And so without thinking, critical energy is diverted from a persons calling and toward filling a bank account. ”
There is so much goodness in those words. Read it a few more times to let it sink in.
Pat Rigsby always talks about building your ideal business. What is implied in that is that your ideal business supports your ideal life. Have you taken the time to really sit down and figure out what you want in life, what’s important to you, what you value? If not, will your business ultimately be able to make you happy or fulfilled?
Your homework for the week is to buy and read “Ego Is The Enemy” (or at the least, print out this excerpt) and review these lessons regularly. It will remind you that you only have one life to live. Make sure that it is the life that you want, not one dictated by others or by your ego.