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Swipe File #45: Control the input

"If you do what you've always done, you'll get what you've always gotten."

— Tony Robbins

Hey All,

When asked about growth at an event in Sydney this week, Sean Ellis said, "Don't hope for output, control the input." Seems like there are a lot of ways to put that advice to good use.

Enjoy this week's articles and if you're feeling inspired, pass it on.

You're not indispensable (except when you are) via @chrisyeh

Imagine life as a game in which you are juggling some five balls in the air. You name them – work, family, health, friends and spirit … and you’re keeping all of these in the air.

You will soon understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. But the other four balls – family, health, friends and spirit – are made of glass. If you drop one of these, they will be irrevocably scuffed, marked, nicked, damaged or even shattered. They will never be the same.

Forget Work/Life Balance, It’s About Dynamic Equilibrium via Dr. Lisa A. Rossbacher and Dr. Julie Newell

I liked the above article so much, I'm re-featuring this post from issue #12.

Jack Welch, former chairman and CEO of General Electric, recently told a group of women executives: "There’s no such thing as work-life balance. [Instead] there are work-life choices, and you make them, and they have consequences." Those choices enable each of us to find and maintain equilibrium.

Does Living a Remarkable Life Require Courage or Effort? via Cal Newport

If you’re itching to make your life something amazing, consider spending less time daydreaming about defying the status quo and answering the critics of your decision, and spending more time gearing yourself up for the challenge of becoming so good that they can’t ignore you. Ultimately, it will probably be the latter that generates the remarkable results.

The Tattooed Heretic of Wine and Whiskey, Richard Betts via @tferriss

This isn't really related to marketing, but it's a great interview with someone at the top of their field. Betts is fascinating and the entire interview is really great.

Every Lesson Worth Learning is Worth Revisiting via @gregoryciotti

Cherish the co-workers who care enough to push you; better yet, return the favor. Give the gift of encouragement, and never let pessimism drag down the spirits of those around you.

Have a great week!

Jimmy