Introducing the audio series: “What Do You Want To Do With Your Life?”

Season’s Greetings!
and Happy End of the Year wrap-up.

In celebration of the past work I did on “Life’s Battle Plan,” and in learning a new skill I’ve wanted to do off and on since my college radio days, I’m creating a series of audio recordings that walk you through making a life plan – both for the long view and for the coming year.

Version 1 of the series logo!

If you enrolled in the 2-day teaser series for the Life’s Battle Plan email course (the teaser series is still available, but the e-mail course has ended) or if you bought the Life’s Battle Plan workbook, What Do You Want To Do With Your Life is an audio series you can listen along to in the course of doing your homework.

The series prompts you to journal bigger, bolder, time-planned decisions, and I invite you to begin below. You can go at your own pace. The audio files will be gathered into themes by blog post, which may contain more than one episode.

Day 1: Your Mission and Definition of Success

You can subscribe to this series at my SoundCloud, and once I’ve learned how, I’ll make the files downloadable from each of my blog posts.

You design your life’s map. Create one that has a satisfying destination and leaves a positive imprint in the world through your mission. There is no cap to what you can accomplish, but you must aim stupidly high.

Jane Hwangbo, “How Money Doesn’t Work Without Purpose

New Moon and dark skies tonight!

NEW MOON (dark skies!) TONIGHT – Here’s the final Lunar Agile calendar for 2019, three months that include January 2020. Click the link to download the PDF. 

Lunar Agile Calendar: November 2019–January 2020.pdf

I’ve started naming the Full Moons according to convention. Recently I started reading The Equinox Guide to the Night Sky as well as The Farmer’s Almanac (soon to be followed by the Harrowsmith Almanac). I’m considering how to incorporate almanac and astronomical highlights into the calendar. Perhaps next year I will build an entire yearly agenda from the principles I’ve been incorporating into my work.

Are there any specific kinds of dates that you would like to see incorporated into the Lunar Agile calendar? Leave a comment with any ideas or observation of what’s useful or delightful.

Using the Feynman method to learn, create content or products, and become an expert

Do a quick Google of “The Feynman Technique” and you’ll come upon a plethora of results explaining how Dr. Richard Feynman became such a celebrated physicist and professor (aside from having a charismatic personality that still captures people’s imaginations).

In a nutshell, the Feynman technique (or method, rather; a technique generally uses a tool!) is what the character Niels Bohr, in Michael Freyn’s play Copenhagen, repeatedly exhorts Werner Heisenberg to do: explain things in such a way that Margrethe, Bohr’s wife, would understand. If you hang out with physicists, you’re going to understand a thing or two, but unless you’re a physicist yourself, you won’t understand everything – and it doesn’t help when you’re talked down to (or not at all).

  1. Choose anything you want to know. Write it on paper.
  2. Teach it to a child, from start to finish.
  3. Circle the gaps of things you can’t explain, don’t know, or questions that arise. Go to the source material and find an explanation. Create a new page for them.
  4. Review the subject and simplify it.

It makes so much sense that within two weeks of finding out about it, I published my first Feynman project. It’s on a topic I knew well from a past life; having done an Amazon search for available books on the topic, I thought it worthy to share my thoughts and experience.

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