Mindful Ambition

One of the more popular topics of discussion in our reading group is how to balance ambitious goals with a strong desire to remain mindful, humble, and grateful.  At times, these two priorities can feel like oil and water and the group reading we’ve completed has yet to reveal the “silver bullet” solution that harmonizes powerful self-motivation with a balanced state of mind.

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Last week, I took a stab at providing some answers to an audience of colleagues.  “Being Mindful While Making It Rain” introduces the concept of mindful ambition: the practice of maintaining awareness, humility, and gratitude in the pursuit of extraordinary accomplishment.

We cover five different elements of our lives that demand attention if we hope to pursue great accomplishment without sacrificing the energizing and grounding impact of a present mind.  I also throw in five corresponding activities that can be used to introduce mindful ambition in more concrete terms: taking a success inventory, keeping a gratitude journal, reconnecting with nature, plotting your wealth columns, and (most importantly) initiating a meditation practice.

Check out the video below and download the deck so you can follow along.

Please note, the video is cut a few minutes short.  Everything you missed — including helpful book and app resources — can be found in the deck PDF (link above).

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Chamath at LAUNCH

Chamath Palihapitiya is a beast.  He’s most notably a key member of the executive team that brought Facebook over the 1B user mark.  More recently, he’s been running The Social+Capital Partnership and acting as part-owner and board member for the Golden State Warriors (you know, the NBA team with six losses after 62 games).

He also brings the heat anytime he speaks publicly, and was by far my favorite speaker at this year’s LAUNCH Festival.  Topics covered include sports, politics, morality, gambling, tech, and beyond…but Chamath’s comments on diversity in tech and the dusty, overly white hierarchy of venture capital steal the show.

He’s an influencer worth following and definitely one that will get you thinking about the big things.

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Radio Headspace Is A Thing

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Each member of the DMR team incorporates a meditation practice into their daily routine.  The return on investment for just 10-15 minutes is too good to pass up, and Headspace is one of the apps that has made this habit a very easy add.

As a major podcast fanboy — Tim Ferriss, a16z, TWIST, etc. — I was blindsided when I discovered that the Headspace team is 50+ episodes into Radio Headspace, a podcast covering anything and everything related to our mental capacity and the journey within.

One of the latest episodes — #54 — brings in three different authors that have been commissioned to write books for The School of Life, an amazing project created by one of the group’s favorite authors, Alain de Botton.

I’m overwhelmed by this nexus of amazing people and projects…and while I can’t yet speak to the overall quality of Radio Headspace, I certainly intend to check it out.

You should too.

Radio Headspace Is A Thing

Inception Notes

Some years ago, I was joined by a group of close friends to form a reading group with a simple goal: unite ambitious individuals for whom self-education and self-development is of paramount importance.  Many of the topics and ideas I think/write about were first explored with this group, and our quarterly book discussions are revelatory highlights of my year.  Some notes from the brainstorm that led to our creation…

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Inception Notes