Existential Friday Newsletter

v22: Think BIGGER and Change Your Idea of What’s Possible

I just stepped off a deeply budget flight from Dallas to Tampa.

The first time you fly Spirit you quickly learn that every ounce of spending has been slashed.  In a board room someone probably wanted to call it Spartan Airlines for their blatant indifference to luxury, but Spirit seemed safer.

On Spirit you pay extra for everything:  Carryon bag $45 (unless you pay at the gate where it’s $65), Checked bag, $40, picking your seat $11+.  Every bit of what we’ve come to expect from a flight is extra.  The seats look like cheap plastic boards and even the tray tables are mini, half tables.

I had no idea Spirit was budget when I booked the flight.  After getting my confirmation, people started telling me stories.

Spirit wants you to believe a story about how they only charge you for what you want.  The problem is nobody believes an ambiguous message about personal choice.  The story people end up telling is that Spirit has bad (probably underfunded) customer service and hits you up for extra cash at every turn.

Sitting in my cramped seat, I stared at the circumcised tray table and spent 2 hours listening to podcasts about thinking bigger.

The way we frame the world has a profound impact on what we believe is possible.  Our problem is recognizing our frame and learning to see differently.

Practicality is fear masquerading as reason and we need to rethink how we walk through life.  The irony of practicality is that it could be making our lives more difficult.  Practicality says we should pursue known solutions.  You’ve heard that, right?  Do what’s established and pursue practical solutions.  At least 90% of Accountants must exist for that reason alone.

The problem with playing it safe is that everyone else is doing the same thing.  Humans tend to herd and the majority of people will follow the well worn path.  What if practicality is the hardest, most competitive path to success?  What if you could compete to be different rather than better?

Living bigger requires doing things that haven’t been done before.  Most of the recommendations for creating a bigger reality involve helping people.  Did you just cringe?  While Financiers are politely picking pockets, Google works to solve Billion dollar problems.

Have you thought about what your personal mission is?  What are you telling yourself if you don’t have one?  Ultimately, your mission gives your activities meaning.  Money is nice.  It measures outcomes and enables you to do more.  It’s not enough.

Here are some thoughts from Peter Diamandis on entrepreneurship and solving Billion Dollar Problems.

And this from Tony Robbins on how to achieve the extraordinary.



Jon M. Chu (the director of Crazy Rich Asians) stuck an awesome quote into the video below.  It’s the quote of the week . . .

“When you are not practicing, remember somewhere, someone is practicing, and when you meet him, he will win” -Peter Bergman

(Turn on your speakers for this one too)  




These sinkhole photos are, well, pretty rad.


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