Step 13: The Amish Vacation, Tap Dancing To Work, & Avoiding What You Love

The Big Idea: If you have to go on vacation from what you do, don’t ever come back.

  • The Amish work almost every day but don’t feel the need for a vacation.
  • The Amish have 1/5 the depression of non-Amish.
  • The Amish integrate work and life.
  • Never permit a dichotomy to ruin your life.  A dichotomy in which you hate what you do so you can have pleasure in your spare time.  — Picasso
  • If you have to go on vacation from what do, don’t ever come back. —Joel Salatin
  • Wiser to do what you like, not what you love.
  • Don’t marry someone you love/lust, marry someone you genuinely like.  That love/lust will fade. — Joel Salatin
  • You can only build upon strength, not weakness.
  • Richard Branson takes naps throughout the day, to separate spurts of intense work.
  • Extreme success has a luck component, but it usually involves luck in meeting a key person, not a lucky event.
  • Warren Buffett still tap dances to work in his 80’s.
  • You can have a job but avoid at all costs becoming a salary slave.
  • Fact: making more money will make you happier.  But (after financial independence) only by a little bit and sometimes not worth the cost.  Therefore don’t chase the money.
  • Enough money can give you independence.  Too much money will separate you from other people.
  • The opportunistic mentality (chasing the opportunity) is almost as dangerous as the vacation mentality (living for the weekend/vacation).
  • If Jordan pursued what he loved, he would have pursued baseball.
  • In love, pursue oxytocin, not dopamine. — Helen Fisher
  • Sources: Guns Germs Steel, Michael Jordan The Life, Top Dog.

Tai Lopez is an entrepreneur, investor, and blogger who runs an awesome online book club. 67 Steps is a lecture series teaching how to be successful in health, wealth, love, and happiness.  I’m a big fan.

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