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August 11, 2021

A Lesson From The Man On My Four Hour Flight

A lesson unexpectedly learned

For four hours of the flight he typed with two fingers, at a PAINFULLY slow rate.

My initial reaction of making fun of how inefficiently he was typing was quickly replaced with: He’s getting more done than you…(to myself) I had planned to get some writing done but had opted to watch a movie and play solitaire. It was a choice. And that’s fine.

But the old man, quite literally pecking at his keyboard made me think…He’s getting “it” done. Whatever “it” was. He was making progress. Words were showing up on the page, one after the other. And I have to assume…that was the goal. If he had means of going quicker, I’m sure he would. But for now, he’s doing what he can, with what he has.

He had to be over 70. And I think you can learn a lesson from him + my reaction to him.

Quite simply – do what you can with what you have. Whether it be a SKILL or a TOOL or a SYSTEM or other HUMANS.Because between the two of us, I know who got more done on that flight. The geriatric man single-finger typing on his geriatric laptop. You could take a lot from the scenario I described. So do what you will with it. I’m just here to share my perspective.

Heading into a new week, go do the thing – one key at a time, one word at a time, one rep at a time. With whatever you have available. What’s your biggest priority this week? Set some time aside and think about this, make a decision and write it down. Do the best you can with what you have available to you this week.

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I'm an adventurous introvert from Vancouver, Washington who lives on sleep + "me time." I'm a lover of lifting weights, dinosaurs, real talk and traveling with my husband. I am here to help you move better, lift more, bust the myths of the fitness industry, and inspire you to love the process.

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