An Unlimited Mode of Living

"There is no real excellence in all this world which can be separated from right living." ~ David Starr Jordan

My everyday habits have proved to me that excellence can arise out of a few simple habits. A person of excellence must unceasingly acquire new good habits, build and exercise established habits, and eradicate bad habits. I spend all day focusing on building and maintaining good habits and attitudes while checking myself constantly to avoid bad habits and attitudes. This process itself is a great habit! It can feel heavy at times, especially when I recently have discovered several new habits I want to form or a particularly bothersome one that I need to dispose of. This practice reaps many rewards in all areas of my life!

The rewards reaped from good habits require patience to achieve. When I speak of these attitudes and habits, the most important ones I focus on are quite fundamental.

Here is a small sample of my current working habits:

  • One habit I am currently trying to get rid of involves productive procrastination. Everything I ever do is always worth doing (at least I think so at the time I am doing it). My problem is that the task I am currently working on is not always of the highest priority. Many times I tackle things that I do need to do but are not important and are easy to accomplish. This is a creative form of seemingly well justified procrastination. I should always work on the most important task that I am able to work on at any given moment.
  • One habit that I maintain regularly is to make sure that I openly appreciate all of the people I encounter. With my girlfriend, I make sure I tell her that she is beautiful in some form everyday. With my little brother, I always make sure I tell him one thing I really like that he is doing with his life every time I see him. With a new acquaintance, I always make sure that if an idea or criticism they present to me is good, they know about it immediately. These are only a few examples! Appreciation of my peers is super important.
  • One habit I am currently establishing within myself involves my own focused self-education. I tend to be interested in, what at times seems to be, everything. It is good to be well-rounded but our current economic model tends to reward individuals for having a small group of interrelated specialties. My current pool of skill and knowledge that is under development relates to human productivity and technology that augments human productivity.

These are only a few habits I am developing. I am also working on my attitude fervently; it always seems to need adjustment! What are you working on?

Paul Prae

Paul Prae

Paul is an AI solutions architect. He leads the delivery of scalable machine learning and data science systems to enterprise customers. He's currently building microservices using Python and Kafka.

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