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Domain Query: Focus and Discipline

by | Oct 16, 2020 | Domain Query | 7 comments

Longtime Reader and FotB Kapios had a couple of interesting and thoughtful questions for me a couple of days ago with respect to GETTIN’ SHIT DONE!:

Lately, my mind has been preoccupied by thoughts on boredom. I had my head in a cloud for years about the lie that I have to feel like doing something before doing it or the usual ‘follow your passion’ advice. I’m not about to advocate working for a soul sucking finance job, but finding work or starting a business that has 2-3 exciting aspects about it and another 10 boring tasks that you have to go through is the norm. I have to admit, I just started to make serious abstinence from the vices that you mentioned and I feel better.

I have not fully integrated that belief in my mind yet, so I was wondering what would be your advice on propelling yourself towards a desirable belief and outcome once you start cutting off the anchors that hold you back?

As a general rule isn’t it true that passion is cultivated and not something that you already have, with maybe a few exceptions around the world?

I answer this in the latest Domain Query podcast:

The best book that I know of for figuring out how to discipline yourself and take ownership of your life is Jocko Willink’s book, Extreme Ownership.

The Mike Rowe video that I mentioned in the podcast is here:

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  1. J

    OT, love this blog. Is there a way to subscribe to comments? There was with earlier blogger and wordpress systems.

    • Didact

      Thank you very much.
      I’ve added a WordPress plugin that should allow you to receive email notifications to replies and such. Take a look and let me know if that works, or if additional features are needed.

      • j

        Sorry. What I meant to ask was an option to subscribe to comments from all posts regardless of commenting myself.

        • Didact

          Try now – I updated a JetPack setting which I hope will sort it out.

          • j

            WordPress is now sending through posts to my inbox but not comments.

  2. Kapios

    I can relate with what you said at the beginning. Sometimes I get too wrapped up with self improvement and it feels like I have not accomplished much. It’s like getting lost in a fog.

    One thing I’m curious about is how coffee is working for you? Do you get a hard crash afterwards? Are you a bit more careful with distractions around you because your body is pumping so much adrenaline?

    • Didact

      Honestly, I don’t find that coffee has any real effect on me. While I don’t drink it before I sleep, I also don’t find any particularly strong effect from it. I drink it mostly for the aroma and flavour. I love a good well-made latte.

      The Russians have a superb concoction that you can only really find there. It’s called “Raf Coffee” – a standard latte with a double-shot of espresso, but they make it with cream rather than milk, and they add flavoured syrups to it. A well-made Raf can come in hazelnut, chestnut, mint, strawberry, cherry, caramel, and about a dozen other flavours. If you ask the barista, “Подготовите не слишком сладке, пожалуйста” (“make it not too sweet, please”), then you can get a very pleasant evening drink.

      I miss Russia…


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