More Great Stuff From Nate Green

So yesterday I introduced you all to Nate Green.  I hope you took some time to peruse his website, maybe download and read his Hero Handbook.  He may be 26 years old, but he has a lot of wisdom and he’s willing to share it…for free.  What initially prompted me to blog about Nate was his most recent blog post titled The Hero Blueprint:  11 Tenets of an Awesomely Rich Life.  But when I got started, I found that I needed to share a bit about Nate himself, and then I wanted to make sure everyone knew about his free e-book (which I read several months ago).  So now, today, I want to get to his “11 Tenets of an Awesomely Rich Life.”  I think this is a great post ~ some things speak to me more than others, but in the end, they are all good.  Here are a few of my favorites:

Appreciate What You Have.  I think it is really easy to lose sight of how fortunate many of us are.  I know recently I have shared with you my son’s knee injury, and all the driving it has led to for me…but in the bigger picture, I am fortunate that a) my son is not seriously injured b) my son will recover c) I have a reliable car that I can drive him to and from school/football in d) I have a job that allows me the flexibility to rearrange my schedule to accommodate this driving, e) I have health insurance that will cover most of the medical and physical therapy expenses…and so on.  You can either focus on the negative or you can look at all the positive.  I know I am very, very fortunate.  I appreciate what I have, but sometimes I need to remind myself of this.

Learn Enough to Get Started, Then Start.  This is so true.  How many times do we spin our wheels preparing to get started…if there’s something you want in life, you are actually going to have to take the plunge and take the steps to get what you want.  Some people spend so much time thinking about something, planning it, etc that they never actually do something.  If you want something, then START. 

Keep Your Health First.  I see this all the time, as I work with a lot of busy executives.  They have kids, elderly parents, work travel, all-day meetings…and what goes first?  Good health.  They stop exercising, start eating crap because it’s easier & faster…and they feel worse than they did before.  I know lives are busy…I do get it.  But if you don’t take care of yourself, everything you do will be that much harder. 

Practice Single-Tasking.   I actually use this with my clients all the time.  I refer to it as “baby steps.”  When people decide to start to work on their health they want to work out 5 or 6 days a week and go on a strict diet (this is seen at gyms across the country the first week of January).  But I tell people, make one small change and make it a habit.  So if you don’t exercise at all, start exercising twice a week.  Do that for 2, 3, 4 weeks, until it starts to feel like a normal part of your routine.  Then slowly add more exercise.  Each time, allow it to become established before taking the next step.  Same goes for food.  I have slowly made changes to the way I eat ~ not so much from a caloric restriction standpoint but rather from a movement towards things like grass-fed beef, pastured dairy, organic produce.  I didn’t make all the changes at once, but each time I improve the quality of food that I eat, I learn more about food and make another change.  I think it is so much easier to do this way (please read Nate’s example ~ it is also a very good one).

Spend Time on Your Relationships.  I think this is a real weakness of mine.  I don’t call my family enough, I don’t always reach out to see how my friends are doing.  Something I still need to work on.  Relationships are everything.  Without them life would be meaningless.

Like Who You Are When You’re Alone.  I think this is something we can always work on.  I like who I am much, much better than I did 10 years ago.  But I could still spend time on this.  As Nate says:

 Do you like who you are?

If not, start there.

If so, keep going.

So, there are my favorites.  If you like this, please read Nate’s entire post, as there may be tenets that speak more to you.  Just good stuff to think about.

I hope you have enjoyed reading some of Nate’s stuff.  I feel like he is a good kick in the pants.  🙂 

Have a great weekend, I will be back with more next week!

About Lisa Van Dore

I have lived in Sherborn, Dover and most recently North Walpole, for a total of 15 years (and counting). Having recently been through the process of selling a home and buying (and renovating) a new one, I understand the conflicting emotions of excitement and anxiety inherent in the process, whether you are a seller or buyer, whether this is your first home purchase or your tenth. I have a BA from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Indiana University. My early career found me working as a CPA, and later as the controller of Crate & Barrel. More recently I spent seven years running my own personal training business. I understand the hard work and dedication necessary to build a business and a reputation...most of my personal training clients came to me by referral and my first client was still with me when I decided to leave personal training. This speaks to the level of effort I put forth for my clients, week after week. On a more personal note, I raced triathlon for seven years and more recently completed my first half marathon. In my free time I enjoy cooking, reading, Maine, hiking and, in the fall, following college teams are the University of Michigan (Go Blue!) and Texas Christian University (Go Frogs!).
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