I believe that the simplicity of life gets polluted as technology increases. I think the simplest way to get back to basics, is to identify three things that you like, in three different categories. I call it the blueprint to enjoyment.
Please try this exercise. Take three things in three different categories, for instance:
1. Three people you like to hang out with. (Excluding family)
2. Three things you really enjoy. (Excluding family, computer, etc.)
3. Three places you love to be.
This exercise is tougher than you think. Sometimes getting a list simplified of things that you really enjoy becomes muted by the popularity of technology. Cell phones, email, texting, etc., makes life a little bit less defined then before. We lose something in translation as to the purity of enjoyment, with technology today. Here is my list of three:
People (you want to have conversation with)
Ray Shovlain (College Basketball Coach/Business Professor) – Ray was my college basketball coach. He is still coaching at the University. He is also a Professor in the Business Department. Ray not only excels as a coach on the floor, but also as a Professor in the classroom. Ray is a conversationalist; you can sit for hours with him and talk about college athletics, politics, life, among many other things!
John Childers (Professional Speaker/Mentor) – When I first got involved in real estate investing and professional speaking, I was introduced to this man. He is a great guy. When you speak with him, you get lost in his creativeness. Primarily we talk about the speaking industry and creative real estate deals.
Todd Ritsema (Childhood Friend) – I have known this person for probably 39 years. We recently attended our 25th high school reunion. It is very cool to connect with people that have been a part of your past for so long. We usually discuss everything from our youth, to cigars and life.
Things (that you could live without, but wouldn’t want to)
Cigars – I have been smoking cigars for the better part of 20 years. I have narrowed my smoke down to one particular brand. The CAO Brazilla Amazon. Its not so much the type of smoke, but the camaraderie and peaceful time it produces. Whether enjoying a smoke with friends, or enjoying the tranquility that it produces alone, I couldn’t imagine my world without them.
Jazz – My love for jazz has grown since I graduated from college. I have some favorites that have made a distinct impact on my love for the music. First, Miles Davis. His album, Kind of Blue, has defined me as a lover of Jazz Music. I also love John Coltrain. I can’t think of any other musician that inspires emotion like Mr. Coltrain does with his saxophone. Finally, I would have to say Rosemary Clooney. This classic voice and “old school” style always makes me want to listen longer.
Books – I love to read. Today, my library is condensed down to my iPad. My most recent stint of books has been about pirates. Reading a book is like watching a movie in your mind. Of course, no library would be complete without Real Estate H2O and The Alchemy of Wealth. J
Places (three days or a lifetime)
Chicago, Illinois – Call me bias by growing up there, but in all my travels, I have yet to find a city that compares to its cleanliness, diversity, and excitement. Three other things I love about Chicago are its architecture, museums, and sports scene.
Key West, Florida – This is really my second home. One of the things I like best about Key West is the food scene. Some of my favorite places are: Blue Heaven, Louie’s Backyard, and the gas station at White and United for a late night snack of Dion’s Fried ChickenJ.
Anywhere – This may seem a little “cheesy”. But I could be anywhere as long as I am with my wife, Heather. We always seem to have a great time wherever we are. We will be traveling quite a bit shortly and have been looking at it as “a great adventure”. I can’t wait! I believe you should make everywhere an interesting place. With her I can spend three days or a lifetime, anywhere…
If you find yourself, down, or in poor spirits, get back to the things you enjoy. It will immediately submerse you in the familiar, the comfortable and the calm. Use it as a re-charging of the batteries. You never know, you might find that enjoyment is really not that far away in life.
“Remember, wealth has nothing to do with money, success has everything to do with failure, and life is as simple as you want to make it!” – John Dessauer