Habit #5 – Prioritize your own health & happiness

Here is a fundamental one.

Many people sacrifice their own health & happiness in order for their loved ones to be happy.
How can they not see that in order for your loved ones to be happy…. you need to be happy?

Do you want your children to be happy? Do you want your parents to be happy? To you want the people who love you at home to be happy? Do you want the people who respect you at work to be happy?
You go first.
You be happy.
Marshall Goldsmith


  1. Start physical exercising – don’t postpone.
    I will create a “habit post” on this subject later.
    It’s fundamental.
  2. Activate better eating habits – eat slower, Hara Hachi Bu (eat until you are 80% full) & eath healthier food.
    I’ll have at least 3 habit post on this subject
  3. Take responsibility for your own happiness.
    There are some easy hacks, and some “not-so-easy” tricks.
    I’ll write many “habit posts” on happiness.
You have to PRIORITIZE this.
Don’t fall into the “great western disease trap…. 
The great Western Disease lies in the phrase, “I will be happy when…
–Marshall Goldsmith
Try to be happy “every” day.. not only in weekends/holidays…

“Begin at once to live, and count each separate day as a separate life.”
~ Seneca

Wake up (early – I’ll come back to this one as well) with a smile.. a good start always makes the rest easier.

“Presentation Zen” – Garr Reynolds

From Amazon:

Garr Reynolds is an internationally acclaimed communications expert, and the creator of the most popular Web site on presentation design and delivery on the net: presentationzen.com.
A soughtafter speaker and consultant, his clients include many in the Fortune 500. A writer, designer, and musician, he currently holds the position of Associate Professor of Management at Kansai Gaidai University in Japan. Garr is a former corporate trainer for Sumitomo Electric, and once worked in Cupertino, California as the Manager for Worldwide User Group Relations at Apple, Inc. A longtime student of the Zen arts and resident of Japan, he currently lives in Osaka where he is Director of Design Matters Japan.
Book description:
Garr Reynolds,  shares his experience in a provocative mix of illumination, inspiration, education, and guidance that will change the way you think about making presentations with PowerPoint or Keynote. 
Presentation Zen challenges the conventional wisdom of making “slide presentations” in today’s world and encourages you to think differently and more creatively about the preparation, design, and delivery of your presentations.
Garr shares lessons and perspectives that draw upon practical advice from the fields of communication and business. Combining solid principles of design with the tenets of Zen simplicity, this book will help you along the path to simpler, more effective presentations.
 – Presenting in todays world
– Creativity, limitations & contraints
– Planning Ananlog
– Crafting the Story
– Simplicity – Why it matters
– Presentation design: Principles & Techniques
– Sample visuals: Images & Text
– The Art of Being Completely Present
– Connecting with an Audience
– The Need For Engagement
Next Step
– The Journey Begins


Short Summary:


  • The key principles of Presentation Zen are: Restraint in presentation. Simplicity in design. Naturalness in delivery.
  • Do not use many bullet points and a lot of text
  • Use high quality images


  • Preparing, designing, and delivering a presentation is a creative act, and you are a creative being. Creativity requires an open mind and a willingness to be wrong
  • Prepare away from the computer. Go ANALOG
  • Pen & Paper (large notebook)
  • Slow down – Busyness kills creativity
It’s only in still water that we can see
–Taoist proverb
  • Consider handouts, write notes (but learn by heart.. never read from screen/paper) & NEVER give away your presentation. The presentation should be worthless without YOU.
  • Create a story to make your message stick
  • Focus on the CORE message


  • The Japanese Zen arts teach us that it is possible to express great beauty and convey powerful messages through simplification.
  • Simplicity is powerful and leads to greater clarity, but not simple nor easy to achieve
  • Good design have plenty of empty space. Think substract.. not add..
  • pictures are remembered better than words—especially when people are casually exposed to the information and the exposure is for a very limited time.


  • a presentation requires your full attention, be mindful
  • Start STRONG (no warm-up slides)
  • Bring energy & passion to your delivery
  • Be positive, upbeat, humorous…
  • Smile

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Srikumar Rao: Plug into your hard-wired happiness

Ted bio:

Srikumar Rao was an executive at Warner Communications and McGraw-Hill before he created his celebrated MBA course, “Creativity and Personal Mastery.” The course — the only business school course that has its own alumni association — shows students how to discover their unique purpose, creativity and happiness, through group work and a philosophical perspective. Its popularity has led to write-ups in The New York TimesThe Wall Street Journal and Business Week.

Rao is also an adviser to senior business executives, whom he helps find deeper meaning and engagement in their work. He’s the author of Are You Ready to Succeed: Unconventional Strategies for Achieving Personal Mastery in Business and Life, and has been a contributing editor for Forbes. His latest book is titled Happiness at Work: Be Resilient, Motivated, and Successful – No Matter What. 

About the talk:

Srikumar Rao says we spend most of our lives learning to be unhappy, even as we strive for happiness. At Arbejdsglaede Live! 2009, he teaches us how to break free of the “I’d be happy if …” mental model, and embrace our hard-wired happiness.

The Talk:




Please then remember to:

Invest in the journey/Process, not the outcome

This principle is strongly related to ancient Stoic principles of “The Dichotomy of Control”

EPICTETUS’S HANDBOOK OPENS, somewhat famously, with the following assertion: “Some things are up to us and some are not up to us.

My view:

rating: 5/6

  • 4/6 on delivery
  • 6/6 on content