The first public version of Eric Notes were received by everyone with open arms. The amount of support I got from family and friends for publishing something like that (something very different than what I usually post and, more importantly, something different from what people usually read), was substantial and much appreciated. I doubt that one particular write up was enough to make any material difference in anyone’s life, but, even if for only a few minutes, their attention was locked in on something that I genuinely feel is useful and beneficial. For now it’s pretty unorganized, I’m just jotting down things that interest me with no common theme. Eventually I’d like to group thing together under a common theme, potentially having each month be a different topic. We’ll see.
I don’t write Eric Notes to change lives, but if I can get someone to read a motivational quote and start thinking about it for a few minutes INSTEAD OF taking the newest Buzzfeed quiz, then that’s a win for all parties involved. Remember to check back at the beginning of every new month for the most recent month’s Eric Notes. And also remember to stop being a lazy asshole and be productive today! Sometimes you don’t need someone to sugarcoat things, but rather some tough love is more effective.
“The cleverly expressed opposite of any generally accepted idea is worth a fortune to somebody.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald
In other words, thinking outside the box has great value. It’s a common cliche, but it is too often neglected and not put into practice. Creativity and originality need not be taken for granted because they are special attributes that have untapped potential if exercised. Swim against the current, go against the flow. It could lead you down a path you otherwise you wouldn’t have crossed.
“Boredom comes from a boring mind.” – The Struggle Within, Metallica
This quote made me do a double take. I can’t even come up with an estimate of how many times I’ve said to myself/someone “I’m bored.” And until now I’ve never thought of it to be a problem. But how many times have you said “I’m so bored, there’s nothing going on tonight”? Is it really fair to blame other people, other unrelated events on you’re independent state of boredom? Let that marinate for a second.
“Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will.” – Zig Ziglar
A basic concept that I try to implement into every aspect of my daily life. Positive energy is contagious, first of all. Talking to someone who’s in a good mood can instantly improve your mood. Same goes for the other way around, we all have the ability to change the outcome of things, solely based on a the mindset we hold. Instead of sulking about a problem, which will undoubtedly cloud your judgement and negative affect the ensuing actions, it’s better and easier to seek a solution instead. Having a rough day at work? Don’t let the stress get to you, take a deep breath, and attack each task one a time. More importantly, remember that someone is PAYING you a ton of money to do those menial tasks. How’s that for a positive attitude?
Shout out to Chris for that video, great stuff.