You may have noticed that I haven’t been blogging very much lately.
It doesn’t mean that I intend to stop blogging but, since this Website has always been about learning and growing, I’ve decided to take things in a different direction.
The new content, much like my new blog’s address (etiennegarbugli.com) will be more personal. New topics like travel, health and Asia will be explored on top of what was already explored here.
The reasons for the change
Although, at its peak, 21 lives had good traffic, very successful posts, great fans (thank you :) and led to interesting speaking and networking opportunities, it ultimately failed to align with my growing interests.
To publish fresh content regularly*, it’s important to be inspired and, in the end, I felt limited by the blog’s 7 categories.
More so, I became uncomfortable with the lesson format I had established. I may be able to teach a thing or two but, at this point, I consider myself much more of a student than a teacher – speaking in absolutes is also very hard and doesn’t lead to great discussions.
21 lives will remain active for the next month but, no new content will be published.
I thank you for your readership. I hope you will follow me to etiennegarbugli.com. All posts written for 21 lives will remain available over there.
When you get to the age of 15, you start to really learn. When you turn 30, you start to really understand what you want. When you turn 40, you don’t hesitate over choices. When you turn 50, you can finally understand the meaning of life. When you turn 60, you can finally accept others advice. When you turn 70, you can finally understand who you are. – Confucius
The great thing about getting older is that it comes with greater self-awareness.
At a certain age, it stops making sense to do things you don’t like and starts making sense to do more of what is truly you. Weird or not.
You can fool yourself all you want trying to live someone else’s life but, ultimately, if you’re not being honest with yourself, it won’t suit you.
We’re bombarded with images of what could be from childhood on, de-programming that conditioning and separating what is us from what isn’t is the work of a lifetime. It’s also the path to greater truthfulness; the path you should be on.
Last night I dreamt about work. This post is an early reminder not to forget about playing.
I’ve seen people before and after burnouts. They’re never the same. Trust me, you don’t want this.
I thought I was pretty good at maintaining work-life balance (I have several hobbies) but, turns out that, even if something isn’t work, it can feel like work (like checking the Internet when you work online…).
A few rules I’m setting for myself starting today…
- Have a no work (or anything that feels like work) rule for at least 1 day a week.
- Read a fun book for every business book I read.
- Take advantage of my own schedule by doing something completely work-unrelated during the workday.
- Do less each week but, seek more impact. We’ll see about that one…
You can’t burn life without burning yourself. And, frankly, is that really what you’re after?
If I can’t dance, I don’t want to be part of your revolution (Emma Goldman).
If the work you’re trying to do can’t possibly be done within 40-50 hours a week, is that really what you want to be doing?
When I started working as a teen, my father started sharing work-related wisdom. At the time, one of the lessons that stuck was:
Don’t shit in your own trail (loosely translated from French).
Through this crude piece of advice (sorry for the language), he meant:
- Don’t rule yourself out of past opportunities you might have to get back to. There’s no point in ruining contacts and relationships.
- There’s a reason why you took a certain path and chose certain options. Don’t lose track of the motivations behind your decisions because, at some point in time, it was exactly what you wanted.
We have a tendency to focus on our current position at the cost of forgetting the thinking process that brought us there. Right now might not be exactly where you want to be but, there are reasons why you chose that trail. At some point, it made sense to move away, get that job or get married. Well, hopefully…
We learn things everyday. Big things, small things, important things, unimportant things.
We learn the right way to do things and generally 2 or 3 competing approaches.
At the end of the day, it adds up to a lot of stuff for our brain to compile, access, process and turn into actionable knowledge (knowledge we can use).
But, the problem with learning is that we don’t control what goes inside our heads; bad theories and ideas take just as much space as the good ones. We also don’t control the priorities. Without practice, bad theories are just as likely to float to the surface.
Knowing a lot of things makes you an enjoyable person to talk to but, knowing something doesn’t get you very far. To get things done, you need to focus on the right theories. How can you prioritize the things you want to know and use?
I use post its and frequent reminders….
104 posts were published in our first year. If I can’t remember them all, I don’t expect even the most loyal readers to remember half of them. While some posts were very popular (see last week’s 10 most popular posts), others did quite well in spite of less readership.
Here are, again according to statistics, last year’s 10 most underrated blog posts:
- Let others fail first
- Dress just enough
- Watch your feet
- You need less than you think
- Don’t be your own disturbance
- Set the suggestion cost
- How much are you worth
- What project should you invest in
- Building momentum
- Separate thinking and execution
If you’ve read them all, you get a star! ;) If you haven’t, hopefully you’ll discover a post or two that you like.
Thank you for reading!
Nothing is truer than that. At least, anyone can teach me a thing or two.
Since the 21 lives community and readership is growing very quickly this summer, I’d like to start a monthly feature to publish what you (anyone reading this blog) have recently learned.
It could be about anything… life, business, bee farming, relationships, travel, school, geology, anything!!
We can learn a lot from everyone reading this Website. To participate, please write in the comments below or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org (Note: your contribution can be anonymous or not).
So, what did you learn this past month?
It wasn’t always easy but, somehow, I managed to pull together a full year of blog posts. I may have skipped a week or two (vacations and stuff) but, overall I’m satisfied with the quality and variety of content that was published.
It’s nearly impossible for me to pick the best posts so, I’ll let page views, number of visitors, social media, etc, etc do the dirty work for me. Without further due, here are last year’s 10 most popular posts:
- Don’t ask for permission
- Always be the CEO
- Realize there’s no one else
- Your time isn’t free
- Don’t fall in love too quickly
- The art of “giving” face
- Break artificial distances
- The hardest thing to do
- Don’t do what Real did
- Everything can end
I hope you enjoyed the content; feel free to let us know below which were your favorites.
The objective for year 2 is to double the number of visitors, fans, posts read, etc, etc. If you haven’t already done so, signup to receive updates via email or rss, join our Facebook page and share the content with your friends.
Let’s go for a second year!
Note: Posts were ordered randomly by hand