Shortcut to Prosperity is an inspiring read that is structured around a set of great career recommendations. Mark Hopkins reminds us of the importance of pursuing our passions, because motivation is the burning fire that drives us, and that ultimately leads us to success.
Prosperity requires an active decision to initiate change, and the key is to take the first step, no matter how small. As change becomes habit-forming, the pursuit of additional challenges and opportunities fuels the cyclical rise to prosperity.
Mark Hopkins describes the natural tension between your current reality, and your vision for success, as the tension you might feel when you hold a rubber band between the fingers on two hands. To move towards your vision, and reduce the tension, you have to be willing to change the position of your current reality. Do something. Take a step. Today.
During my college years I enjoyed a rich exploration of music across many genres, including jazz, blues, reggae, and especially funk. The old 5-disc cd player was on constant rotation, as music accompanied study sessions, inspired soccer juggling shenanigans in the backyard, and lit up many a weekend party.
Many albums became classics, such as the “green funk” and most memorably the “orange funk” cds, which were compilation albums that drew many requests. One of the universally loved albums, and one of my personal favorites, was and always will be Funkify Your Life: The Meters Anthology.
“Stretch your rubber band” is one of the songs in The Meters Anthology, and I take inspiration from it tonight as I kick off this very first blog post. May we always challenge ourselves to stretch our minds, our beliefs, and our assumptions. May we continually push ourselves outside of our comfort zones, as humble students and compassionate teachers along life’s journey. Stretch it to your left, stretch it to your right.
My intent is for this blog to become a repository of reflections and musings on many topics, including music, books, documentaries, technology, business, products, and language. I look forward to this new journey of expression. May it be funky.