Start Here (Pt 1)

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Happy new year! How did you usher in 2017? We hope you had an excellent time with friends and family as we said goodbye to 2016 and welcome a new year of exciting opportunities.

As you may remember, we’re kicking off 2017 with an inspiring new book (previewed last week) titled Designing Your Life. I’ve been very pleased to dive into the first chapter of this new book and discover some fresh insights. Let’s take a look at them:

Start where you are

travel map

You can’t use a map until you know where you are.

The theme of the first chapter is to “start where you are”. It may sound cliched, but I very much agree with the authors that this is a great place to begin the life design process. Before we can figure out where we want our professional lives to go and what goals to set, we need to know where we currently are in life.

This reminds me of the ancient Greek aphorism,”know thyself“, and to understand our own strengths, weaknesses, and passions. If we can truly come to know ourselves better, we’ll be able to see what interests us and the areas we can/need to grow in. This will be something I examine for next time as I examine how I am in terms of work, play, love, and health.

Fighting against gravity

military fall

Don’t fight against gravity, even the military can’t beat it.

As you may suspect, fighting against gravity is a bad idea. Why? Because there’s no way you can win. There’s nothing you can (humanly) do to alter or defeat gravity.

Bill and Dave (our authors) use the term gravity problems to refer to the problems we focus on but can do nothing about. To them, these are problems that are not actionable. Examples of gravity problems could be the hiring policy of a potential company you want to work for or the default demand for certain skills/interests you have. If you cannot change or control those things, they are gravity problems.

The authors’ insight then, is to focus on those things that we can control, such as the skills we can add to our portfolio or how we market the skills/interests we have. I think this is a great piece of wisdom, and will be on the look out for gravity problems in my own life moving forward.


summary notes

After reading this first chapter (and the book’s introduction), I’m very happy that we chose Designing Your Life as our book for the year. Check back with me in two weeks time as I fill out the book’s exercises and report on how I am getting to know myself better and if there are some gravity problems in my life. Better yet, tune in next week to see Nicole‘s takeaways for this excellent first chapter.

And as always, we’d love to hear your thoughts on this topic. What do you do to know yourself better? What are some big but non-actionable problems in your life? Feel free to comment or drop us a message at!


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