I've read a lot of books, but forgotten most of them. I wonder, what is the purpose of reading?
David Frank Gomes
by DAVID FRANK GOMES
22h ago
I've read a lot of books, but I've forgotten most of them. I wonder, what is the purpose of reading? This was the question a student once asked his beloved teacher. The teacher did not answer at the time. However, after a few days, as he and the young pupil were sitting near a river, he said he was thirsty and asked the boy to bring him some water with a dirty old strainer that was on the ground. The pupil was startled, because he knew it was a request without logic. However, he could not contradict his teacher and, having taken the strainer, he began to perform this absurd task. Every time ..read more
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Procrastination. Do we really understand it?
David Frank Gomes
by DAVID FRANK GOMES
3d ago
The art of hesitation. Could it mean something different than what we assume it to mean? That we are broken, lazy individuals who will never be able to get out lives together? This poem by David Whyte sets us straight. If you have not read his book, Consolations, go out and order it today. It truly is a masterpiece. May you enjoy peace and patience with your life as it is right now, in this moment. PROCRASTINATION… is not what it seems. What looks from the outside like our delay; our lack of commitment; even our laziness may have more to do with a slow, necessary ripening through time and a c ..read more
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Swimming with sharks
David Frank Gomes
by DAVID FRANK GOMES
5d ago
Imagine that while scuba diving, you suddenly see a shark glide into view. Your heart starts to pound and your anxiety skyrockets. You’re terrified, which is a perfectly rational and understandable feeling. Are you today's lunch? Now imagine that your marine biology training enables you to identify it as a Reef Shark, which you know doesn’t prey on anything as large as you. Your anxiety disappears. Instead, you feel excited and curious to observe the shark’s behaviour. Mindfulness training helps to lessen anxiety, as you nudge your way to a more curious and thoughtful approach to the shark ..read more
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The world doesn’t make sense, but you can make sense.
David Frank Gomes
by DAVID FRANK GOMES
5d ago
ANYWAY People are unreasonable, illogical, and self-centred, LOVE THEM ANYWAY If you do good, people will accuse you of Selfish, ulterior motives, DO GOOD ANYWAY. If you are successful, You will win false friends and true enemies, SUCCEED ANYWAY. The good you do will be forgotten tomorrow, DO GOOD ANYWAY. Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable, BE HONEST AND FRANK ANYWAY. What you spent years building may be destroyed overnight BUILD ANYWAY. People really need help but may attack you if you help them, HELP PEOPLE ANYWAY. Give the world the best you have And you’ll get kicked in the ..read more
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The reason most marketing fails...
David Frank Gomes
by DAVID FRANK GOMES
5d ago
Linkedin is fascinating. About three times a week I got a connection request. Almost always they are marketers, although they tend to disguise it with interesting titles like "certified client success trainer." And within about 10 minutes of connecting, they send me a message asking me about the "7 figure system" or some other nonsensical phraseology - all in the service of effortlessly filling my calendar with the most influential people ever, and if would I like to set up a call so they can tell me how easy it will all be? Or the classic question so often used: ”What is the biggest cha ..read more
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How to people get better at living their lives.
David Frank Gomes
by DAVID FRANK GOMES
1w ago
How do people get better?  Better at their jobs.  Better at their relationships. Better at their lives? How does a beautiful life get created?  How do you sustain it? There are two views on this.  One is kind of a static view. You go to school, study, practice, learn, graduate, and then go out into the world and make your way on your own. You are an expert. You don’t need support or help with anything. And in a sense, it starts to make you more isolated.  Life feels frozen in time. The contrasting view Now the contrasting view comes out of sports and the ar ..read more
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The path to joy
David Frank Gomes
by DAVID FRANK GOMES
1w ago
"Happiness is a choice" is a popular saying, but it doesn't tell the whole story. Happiness can be a choice, but so can joy. In fact, I'd argue that choosing joy instead of happiness is the better path to take if you want to live your best life. What is happiness? Happiness is a result of your actions and choices, not what happens to you in life. Happiness is an intrinsic state, not something that can be bought or sold on eBay (or any other online marketplace). Happiness is a journey that will last for the rest of your life! Happiness is an attitude, not a destination. Happiness is not enough ..read more
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You don't need a life coach
David Frank Gomes
by DAVID FRANK GOMES
1w ago
Nobody needs a life coach. Successful people all do it on their own. Or so the story goes Is having a coach s a sign of weakness? And what if we acknowledge our challenges but wonder if we can succeed at overcoming them? Those might be the barriers to hiring a coach. Combine that with a hesitancy to ask for help and you arrive at the paradox that the very things that hold us back are the reasons we would benefit from having a coach in the first place. So, how do our favourite famous folks get to the top and handle the challenges life hands them? With the help of lifestyle coaching and mentor ..read more
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How To Get Your Act Together (An Unconventional Guide)
David Frank Gomes
by DAVID FRANK GOMES
1w ago
As we begin a new year, people are hungrier than ever for a way of living and working centred on their well-being and their humanity. What this will look like isn’t clear, but what is clear is that we’re never going back to the burnout-centric model. The idea of having your act together is vague and means different things to different people, but it’s usually some notion around these areas: Money (i.e. spending under control, saving money, no ‘bad debt’, on track with paying off ‘good debt’, regular income) Health (i.e. eating properly, exercising, avoiding/limiting alcohol and other drug ..read more
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The train of thoughts
David Frank Gomes
by DAVID FRANK GOMES
2M ago
When you learn to be the witness of your thoughts and emotions, which is an essential part of being present, you may be surprised when you first become aware of the background “static” of ordinary unconsciousness and realize how rarely, if ever, you are truly at ease within yourself. On the level of your thinking, you will find a great deal of resistance in the form of judgment, discontent, and mental projection away from the Now. On the emotional level, there will be an undercurrent of unease, tension, boredom, or nervousness. Both are aspects of the mind in its habitual resistance mode. Mind ..read more
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