Five Minute Friday

Five Minute Fridays

“I just finished reading your weekly email as I always do, even if a couple of days go by after it lands in my inbox. Your stories are always engaging and thought provoking, and I really enjoy reading them!”

That was Tracey’s response to last week’s article. Truthfully, it’s the type of response I get often — particularly the, “when I get to it part.”

I understand my emails can be lengthy. Then again, it’s time that I am willing to invest each week because I know that what I write often becomes evergreen content , leveraged in multiple ways — repurposed on websites, in newsletters and other on/offline outlets.

On the flip side though, there is whole host of things, little snippets, that I’d love to share but that don’t always have a place inside of a longer article. And quite frankly, sometimes it’s just fun to share buffet-style.

Hence, this week’s Five Minute Friday . Five things that are top of mind for me right now, that shouldn’t take you any longer than 5 minutes to read.

A BOOK I’M READING . . .

I just finished reading Off Balance by Matthew Kelly. Kelly also wrote what is, quite possibly, my favorite book of all time— The Rhythm of Life. Kelly is a prolific author, having published close to 20 books. The themes are similar throughout. Even so, I took a lot more from Off Balance, than I anticipated. The thesis of the book is that despite what everyone professes to say, we are not really looking for “work-life balance.” What we are truly looking for is personal and professional satisfaction. That’s an entirely different discussion. I found this book to have loads of practical application. I’ve immediately implemented the ideas about The Four Levels of Energy and have started to mimic Kelly’s recommended weekly strategy session. Here is a link to the notes that I took on the book.

SOMETHING I’M EXPERIMENTING WITH . . .

Taking a page out of of Kelly’s book, I blocked off four hours last Friday afternoon to take a substantial bite out of my ever-growing “things to-do” list. You know, all of the stuff that should be reserved for the weekends but you never actually get around to doing on the weekends because … who has time for a weekend anymore? As things cropped up throughout the week, I felt less urgency to get them done. I didn’t let the little things interrupt my focus and take me out of flow. Instead, I just jotted down a quick note and then worked my way down the list on Friday afternoon. It was the best decision that I’ve made in a long time. I’m already looking for ways to protect that 1–5pm window each Friday, to GSD.

A PODCAST THAT CAUGHT MY ATTENTION . . .

When a podcast guest leads off the discussion with a statement like, “motivation is complete garbage,” it’s hard not to pay attention. That’s exactly what Mel Robbins did recently on Tom Bilyeu’s Impact Theory Podcast. She was on the podcast to promote her new book, The Five Second Rule, which documents the absurdly simple practice she used to pull herself out of the depths of mental and physical resistance. I wrote an article about it in this month’s newsletter and so I wont go into too much detail here, except to say, that by the time I looked up from the episode, I had about three pages of notes. You can read them here. Or better yet, watch the video for yourself. It wasn’t until I actually got the full audio and video experience that the message really hit home. Robbins is full of energy. Speaking of a Robbins with a lot of energy, Tony made a recent appearance on Gary V’s show and had a powerful message to share about how he primes himself and his environment for positivity, every single day.

WHAT I AM FOCUSED ON RIGHT NOW . . .

As you are aware, from my last two emails, I am once again wearing my coaching shorts this season. We moved over from the YMCA to the local youth league this spring and man, what a difference. They are still five and six years old and it is still t-ball. You can only take them so far, but the experience, the environment, the satisfaction that I am getting out of the process is night and day different. I think I’ve come to the recent realization that I should have been a baseball coach. Deep down, I think teaching and helping to develop young people may just be where a good portion of my genius lies. And so, I’m really looking forward to continuing to grow with our kids as we achieve those objectives together. Check out this 20 second clip of Collin hitting soft-toss in the backyard — pretty impressive hand eye coordination for a 3 year old. Now we’ve just got to do something about that footwork.

A QUESTION THAT’S STUCK WITH ME . . .

I was listening to an interview the other day between Cameron Herold, former COO at 1–800-Got-Junk and someone who’s often referred to as “the CEO whisperer,” for the work that he’s done coaching high level executives. He was coaching a business owner and asked “what are you doing for fun these days?” That question was followed by a long pause, a stutter and a half-hearted answer of, “well, for me, work is fun.” Herold stopped him right there and said, “No, work is not fun. I’m glad you love what you do. I enjoy my work as well but there is a difference between work and fun. In order to remain interesting, you must remain interested.” Then he asked, “When you were 16, what did you used to do when you simply lost track of time … you must remain reconnect with your dreams, passions and hobbies.” In other words, just because we get older, doesn’t mean we have to exempt ourselves from fun and recreation. Then Herold recommended a “bucket list,” and said “I want you to make it your mission to check 1–2 things off that list every quarter.”

That got me to thinking … When I was 16, my world pretty much revolved around playing sports, hanging out with friends, listening to music and playing video games. Not that I necessarily want to go back there but my life today, some 20 years later, is disproportionate slanted away from that type of “fun.” Made all the more clear just the other day, when Madeline turned to me and said, “you’re a grown up, you don’t get to have fun.”

Furthermore, I do not have anything that remotely resembles a bucket list.

I guess I have some homework to do.

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Ryan France

Ryan France is a native of Austin Texas, father of two, super-early riser, avid reader, admitted podcast junkie & bulletproof coffee addict. In a past life, France was an aspiring professional baseball player. Today, Ryan is an entrepreneur, author and relentless innovator of the real estate industry. Read more on the "Who is Ryan?" page.