Dave Lukas - Lessons for Hannah
325: Lessons For Hannah - 5 Pieces of Everyday Wisdom
Hello Misfit Nation! Welcome to another edition of "Lessons for Hannah!"
Many years ago, I introduced a new format that alongside our regular episodes called “Lessons for Hannah.” Hannah is my daughter and one of the main inspirations for the Misfit Entrepreneur. I wanted to have a place where she could go and learn from her daddy and his Misfit friends throughout her life….even after I am gone. If you haven’t listened to the first episode of "Lessons for Hannah," I urge you to as it gives some more background and tells the amazing story of how Hannah came to be in our lives.
Lessons for Hannah are short, very useful, and sometimes comical lessons, that I want to share with you and give to Hannah to help in your lives. Because I want Hannah to have these for her life, I’m going to speak as though I am talking directly to her. These episodes are a lot of fun and if you think there is a lesson that we should include in these episodes, please don’t hesitate to send it over to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d love to share it.
This week’s Lesson for Hannah
In this episode, I want to give you 5 simple pieces of everyday wisdom. I have a lot more than 5 but will continue to create episodes like this into the future giving you them a few at a time.
After doing these episodes for so many years, I’m amazed at how much there is still to teach and share with you. It seems like it never ends and that is the thing, I don’t think it really does. There will always be something for me to share and give to you and I hope that you can take as much as you can from these episodes to help you in your life.
With that said, here are 5 pieces of everyday wisdom you can use…
#1: How You Do Anything is How You Do Everything
You’ve heard me say this to you before but let me explain it a little more here. In life, you want to do things to the best of your ability. You want to put your best foot forward in everything you do. That is the essence of How You Do Anything is How You Do Everything. It is taking pride in all you do and doing it at your best. Whether it is cleaning your room or the work that you or the interactions you have with others, do not short-change yourself or your abilities. If you start to lower your standards in one area it will bleed into others. Make it a mission to be your best in all things.
#2: What Feels Most Uncomfortable is Probably What You Need to Do
You will find in life that many times when it feels most uncomfortable to do something, that is most likely the best time to do it. For example, in trading, some of the most uncomfortable trades I have made over the years have been the biggest winners. In racing Ironman, when my body wants to quit the most is when I have my biggest breakthroughs as I keep going. In business and life, standing up for the right thing in face of everyone else shying away from it, is uncomfortable, but what needs done. That brings me to my next piece of wisdom.
#3: Most of the Time, the Simplest Answer is the Right One.
We make things a lot more complicated than they have to be. Einstein said, “Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler.” The best path is usually the simplest and most straightforward one. We have to cut out all the noise and see it for what it is. In short, go with gut. Keep it simple.
#4: Beware Following the Herd
When I talk about the “herd,” I’m really talking about groupthink. When everyone thinks the same thing and will not allow any dissent, discussion or questioning of that way of thinking – they are probably wrong. Thomas Jefferson once said, “Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blind-folded fear.” Don’t fall prey to blind-folded fear and follow the herd over the cliff. Instead work from a place of reason andlogic and thing things through. Don’t let emotion alone drive your actions or decisions, especially the big ones.
#5: There are Few Things Guaranteed in Life, but the Ones That are – the Love of Your Family, The Love of God, and a Few Lasting Friendships, are worth every ounce of time and energy you invest in them.
I think that pretty much says it. You have a family that loves you, a God that loves you, and in life will have a few lasting friendships. Cherish them and invest your time into them. Don’t neglect them.
Hannah, and everyone else listening, these are 5 simple, but powerful lessons that will serve you well in life. Live them and embody them and put them to work for you.
I love you,