Charles Darwin and Deciding Your Energy

Powerful in short bursts

Charles Darwin wrote the Origin of Species.

The book is one of the most influential books ever written and belongs in the same league as many religious texts, like the Bible.

You may wonder how he wrote it.

If we believe most of the fluff stories out there, you have to work like a madman. You have to “hustle” and “grind.” There is┬áno time for reflection; you have to document everything and show the world you “put in work.”

Darwin must have spent 18 hour days “crushing it,”right?


Charles Darwin wrote it only spending 3 hours a day. He used his energy with focus.

Consistent power in concentrated bursts can change the world.

There is more than one way to skin a cat.

An Interesting ‘i’ Word That Make You Do The Work

Go for it – the inspiration zone.

How many times have you sat down to begin something and you just felt that magic strike?

You got in rhythm, and all of a sudden, the rest of the world stops. You are in the zone, you accomplished flow, and everything is right with the world.

The inspiration zone, where things click. Not only do they click, they click and feel wonderful.

This all wonderful. When it happens, I think everyone feels like a magician. Everyone wants to work in this state, and people think it’s the only way to work, but there is one big problem with it.

If you wait for it, it never happens.

That’s the wrong ‘i’ word

Never is too strong of a word, but it fits. People who wait for inspiration never start a lot of things. The things they do start rarely get finished. They get stuck, waiting for a magical muse to come by and sprinkle the fairy dust that get them started.

We all know someone who wants to get into work, but has to wait on the mood to strike. As if the world must wait for their genius, and that doesn’t happen unless it happens on their time.

Alright, now wipe that smug look off your face since you probably thought of Jerry. Jerry may do it a lot, but if you did some soul-searching, you would realize that you do it a lot yourself. If you don’t you already know the ‘i’ word I am alluding to, and you use it often.

I applaud you(try to help Jerry when you can though)

The right one is intuition

Intuition is scary.

What makes it scary is that there are no books that you point to. There is no degree that lets you or anyone else get themselves off the hook. Intuition forces you to listen to that little person inside and decide. Most of those decisions fall into the realm of “this might work” .

The great thing is following this ‘i’ word is that it is the fastest way to another one that is now one of the biggest reasons something big fails or succeed.



My Work Habits – Building a Computer

I have been working on building a computer.

I haven’t partaken in the task for years, and considering the headache I have received while doing it, a more relaxed person shouldn’t go ahead and do this undertaking.

It has been a comedy of errors – lost parts, unplugged switches, and phone calls to support.

Through that though, I have discovered a little bit more about myself, and about my work habits.

A few notes:

1 – Calling support will get you more help immediately, but emailing support may get you more depth.

Both give you some more understanding, but calling will get things done a lot quicker. Picking up the phone moves things a long.

2 – Mess takes away from success.

I worked in a dirty room, and my mind felt frazzled. A clean room gave me a little more peace of mind to get working and start making something happen.

3 – Coffee and Red Bulls are friends when used sparingly

I have abstained from caffeine lately. No particular reason – but I found myself just stopping.

I had a cup of coffee yesterday and it sprung my brain into action – unlike I have had in a while. It is a drug and once you remove your tolerance, it works as originally intended.

Hopefully I can move forward and get this done ( I still have a few more things to do, but I am close ) but I will say as frustrating as this has been, I do feel better about myself and I have learned a bit more.

Guided Silence

We used to be left alone.

In our warehouses, our farms, and even our businesses, we were left alone to tinker, to work, to rest when we had to.

We may have had less “productivity” but our critical thinking skills and sense of control were there. You could pick yourself up by your own bootstraps, and make something happen.

These days, your attention is pulled in a million directions. Check that e-mail. Pull that IM. Answer that call. Go to Meeting. By the end of the day, your energy is low, you have a plate of to-do’s and it feels like nothing was done.

Because nothing was done.

One of the most important lessons one can learn is the power of guided silence.

That silence gives you a chance to sit with your work, look at an outline, and begin to make something worth while. It is guided by preparation and a goal.

At first it is odd to turn off all those notifications, but once you focus, a world of creativity opens up. From that creativity, you can start doing meaningful work.

You might even start leaving on time too.

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