Buying the right thing can sometimes be such an unbearable pain. Just going car shopping will give you a clear understanding of what I mean. However, as you slowly evolve into the most magical and clever of all animals, the sloth. You will start realizing that your most precious asset is time. Not money, time.
As mentioned infinite times before, Time Management is so beautiful and amazing, that it gives a new light to the entire world. Some define it as some type of high, while we just think of it as bare naked magic. Being so magical, time management is still a discipline. The individual who believes that he can keep learning more from Time Management without exercising discipline has better chances killing a bear with a fork, (he obviously has not read our post on effectiveness).
Now, preparation is a key that can open almost any doors. Preparation defines a professional athlete from a legend, an employee from an executive, a good friend from a best friend. It is that seasoning your mom used that she would throw on anything, anything, and it would still taste delicious. Preparation makes the difference between defeat and victory even life or death. I smell your skepticism on the importance of preparation this far: “Ok, say I believe Preparation is an important as you say it is, why do a blog on Time Management instead of Preparation then?” So glad, I asked for you. Time Management needs good preparation to be the most effective it can be, however it is not essential. On the other side of the coin we can never be properly prepared without decent Time Management skills. Because properly preparing takes time, lots. So proper Preparation is only possible for all of the sloths in the world. (Lucky you.)
The Magic Sloth is all about Living Life by Saving Time. In our other post “How To Do Anything“, we explained, (after making you laugh a couple of times), that any endeavor can be divided into four key components, “Why” being the first. Also being the most important, the boss, the essential ingredient in your recipe. Is the lemon in the lemonade, it is the founding father of any country, the Creator of any Genesis. You can change the world with it, but there is little you can do without it. Simon Sinek in his genius book “Start With Why” breaks our actions into three components What, How and Why. These are universal, and trust me , applicable to all of us.
Imagine for a second the following three scenarios as your potential life accomplishments:
What if at the end of your life you could rally a nation and make them believe in something higher?
What if at the end of your life your biggest accomplishment is painting people, but disproportionately?
What if at the end of your life your biggest accomplishment is just landing a job as a stockbroker?
Living life is awesome. You feel like you are floating, inspired, dreamy, energetic, ready to take over the entire world. We have all been there at some point. It is not difficult to find these moments in life, the problem is staying there. We have a lot of diversity on our posts about Living Life and this one does not prove any different. If you have no plans for this Friday night or Saturday morning is time to explore a brand new world! The world of coding!
You might be completely prejudiced against me, the fantastic author of this article, thinking I am a geek trying to geekify the rest of the universe. Even though I am a nerd, I actually have no technical background, unless Finance for you is the equivalent of creating websites. Then why “Code A Better Life”? Basic code and technology is not a skill for some, it is a foundational skill. I did not study Finance because I wanted to become the next Jordan Belfort even though, throwing midgets sounds so appealing. I studied Finance, because I had no idea of what I wanted to do with my life. Been there? However, I thought that whatever I choose to do would be successful if I had sharp Financial skills. Which means that no matter your field, you need finance to Live Life. Same applies for technology, whatever you are currently doing would be drastically, dramatically, excitingly and impressively different if you had even just a tiny bit of tech expertise.
(Warning: If you are here I am assuming you are a Batman fan. If that is not the case, abort, you have much bigger problems to deal with in your life right now.)
If you are mutual respect, if not, stay, there might still be hope for you. The Magic Sloth is all about Saving Time and Living Life, and what better way to live life than becoming batman!
I am assuming if you are reading this post you conform a part of the 12,100 monthly searches for “Lazarus Pit” on Google Adwords, (so many, right? In order to do a fair comparison with current events of our time, only an average of 3,600 people searched for “Trump sucks” and 1,600 for “Hillary Sucks” per month on Google in the last 12 months. Which is pretty low compared to how often I hear that everyday. Enough with politics, we have some brief catching up to do, but as always The Magic Sloth will make this so simple for you that you will feel the universe is talking to you, (no, posts don’t get you high). Starting at the very beginning or maybe a little later since we are all about saving time, Lazarus is a biblical character. If you had to go to Sunday school at some point in your life this is the guy who was dead, (like rotting and smelling bad dead), but was raised by Jesus. Now, moving away from the Biblical universe into DC’s, we have this crazy dude, Ra’s Al Ghul who is a bad ass, portrayed by bad ass Liam Neeson in Batman Begins. In the comics Ra’s would take his daily shower, (or dip) in the Lazarus Pit, (called that because of, you guessed it, Lazarus in the Bible). This pit would heal all his wounds besides making him live and rule his bad ass ninjas forever. (Thanks God our politicians don’t have one of those).
If you are among the crazy animals in the jungle bold enough to assume leadership, I have good news for you. Like everything The Magic Sloth explains, it is very simple to understand. We actually divided it into 6 bullet points, and since we have in common the fact that we are sooooo lazy, we just included the bare minimum that you need to become a Top Leader in the Jungle! Each bullet point is accompanied by the most fantastic book in the subject, (just click on it), in case you still don’t understand the Sloth life and are an overachiever. (Don’t worry you are still welcome here).
1. Take Control Of Your Thoughts
Without a doubt the first step into becoming a leader is being in control of your attitude and thoughts. It is not a pessimist the one who assumes the worst could happen every day, when he is certain that regardless, he is in full control of his attitude and happiness. The Devil in Milton’s epic summarized it best: “The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven.” I don’t know how well that worked for him… at least he had the right idea.
If I did not just blow your mind let Frankl take a shot with one of the best books ever written, in which you will learn how to find happiness a Nazi Concentration Camp. (Literally)
Best Book: Man’s Search For Meaning
- Adriana La Rocca
- The Magic Sloth