Hello and Welcome to The Do More!
For all intents and purposes, you can call me Mr. Do More. This blog is an account of my personal endeavors as I continue a 2 year commitment to Do More with my life. As many of my goals have yet to be realized, I have decided to record my experiences publicly so as to be kept in check by the pressure to post each success and every failure right here. In addition to the personal challenge, it is also a challenge to you, the reader to Do More.
So who am I? For the sake of transparency without longevity, I’ll give you the shortest possible version of a very, very long story – the road to this decision to Do More 2 years ago:
I was raised in Northern California, on a small family ranch.
I joined the military at 17 (with the necessary written parental approval), seeking to do something with my life, and was selected for an Officer Training Program (ROTC) in which I trained with the USMC for two years.
During that time, I learned a completely new meaning of hard work and attention to detail, met many amazing individuals and experienced some of the most exciting aspects of the military – from an emergency blow on a Navy submarine to launching rockets in the desert with the Marines.
It was not all was rainbows and sunshine, however…
During those same years, I became a horrible insomniac, lost my appetite, failed a few classes and shed 30 pounds (on an already meager frame for the Marines).
After I left the program, there was a period of 6 months where life seemed to return to “normal,” but before too long it was back to reality.
I returned home to start a family and found myself in debt, working two jobs and soon after, became a single parent.
Oddly enough, it was in this time that I found peace. Sleep came to me more often than not (which in itself was something of a miracle), working made me feel productive, and my son quickly became my greatest sense of purpose.
The commitment then was simple: Take what little spare time there is in the day and DO SOMETHING.
It didn’t matter what the activity, so long as it didn’t involve idly sitting by a screen of any kind or spending excessive amounts of money.
Understanding that this goal was about as probable as the average person’s New Years Resolution, I created two lists: short-term goals and long-term goals (I will likely publish these in the future).
Having a game plan was quite literally life-changing. Having said all that, it is my desire to challenge every person here to stop buying into the myth that 3-4 hours of tv & internet a day is “normal” (or in any way healthy) and to do the same. Take your “spare time” – which I will get into in *another post* – and apply yourself to something productive.
Don’t just take my word for it – here’s just a few examples of productive individuals making an impact in history:
-President Theodore Roosevelt (who despised the nickname “Teddy” by the way) was, from a very young age, uncannily productive. He was a sickly young boy who hated his own frailty and swore to compel his body to adhere to his terms. He set out on a rigorous physical and mental conquest in which he forced his body and mind to endure all kinds of duress. From bone-chilling baths out in the lake in winter, to reading a new book every single day of his life (even during his presidency!) he never loosened his grip on life and always endeavored to Do More.
-Winston Churchill loathed boredom. “Broadly speaking, human beings may be divided into three classes: those who are billed to death, those who are worried to death, and those who are bored to death.” Churchill rose to prominence in politics with his fair share of adversaries and even enemies, but always made a point to work harder, faster, and better than anyone else. His resolve, years later, would become the very heart of the British resilience to daily bombardments from Nazi Germany in World War II. Even during that time, he was not to be found huddled inside some bunker or safe house. For the sake of sanity, he regularly strolled through the streets of London, greeting local families amidst the rubble and even sat out in the park on sunny afternoons, often painting or watching the birds float by. Certainly it can be said that most world leaders must be productive individuals, but it was Churchill’s utter hatred of boredom drove him to greatness.
By now, you’ve surely considered at least one project that’s gone by the wayside or an interest you’ve had but not followed up on. Take that idea, and form a list. Expand that list to every plausible and, indeed, every unrealistic idea you can muster. Then, revisit the list in a few minutes, revise, plot, and pick something you can start. Today.
For starters, don’t select the total home remodel or a language you’d like to learn – start with something that you’re sure to finish (early successes are major morale boosts that will help you get going on your way to becoming a more productive individual).
Let’s take the above examples for a minute and set them as “long term goals.” In the short term, you can always brainstorm ideas for a single room in your house or take the first course of a language learning program (for now, you’re not fully committed to these projects yet, so try to avoid spending money until you’re sure its something you truly want to pursue). For more on these two examples, see *My Long Term Goals (coming soon)
Unsure what to do with your free time, let alone you life? Don’t fear- there’s plenty of *suggestions to come!
Have ideas of your own? Success Stories? Learn from any recent Failures?
Feel free to leave a comment below.
With all that said, Welcome to TDM! 🙂