Turn it off. A two day challenge. 

Is it just me, or are general fear and anxiety levels creeping back up recently? The world certainly has some uncertainties right now (which, if we’re honest - isn’t anything terribly new), but I sense this almost visible, vibrating wavelength of anxiety spreading out around us. 

And if I’m not mindful of it, I end up getting lost in the typhoon of terror, the feeding frenzy of news article after news article, opinion after opinion, prediction after prediction. 

My heart rate starts to quicken, I start thinking bad thoughts, and feel like unless I share my own thoughts or perspectives with others, the world is going to end. 

A lot of times, and in these times especially, the best thing to do is simply to turn. it. off. 
Replace Uncle Joe's "Cut. it. out." with "Turn. it. off." if you need a visual. 

For two days. It’s the weekend. Our politicians aren’t going to return your call. The stock market isn’t open. There’s nothing practical we can do over the next two days even if we read the most insightful article or breaking news event. Twitter and Facebook won’t implode without our opinion or reaction. 

The news will be there on Monday. I promise. 

Turn it off. All of it. The newspaper, the TV news shows, online journalism - shoot, even social media. 

For two days. 

We can replace it with reading a book, taking a walk, playing with our kids, or whatever else. Or don’t replace it with anything specific - just don’t turn it on. 

And see if it doesn’t make us feel at least the smallest bit better. 


Interesting Resources

Elizabeth Dunn & Michael Norton, Happy Money

"If abundance is the enemy of appreciation, scarcity may be our best ally."

Why Investors Might Think Twice About Chasing the Biggest Stocks
1 min read | Dimensional Fund Advisors
Pretty fascinating infographic (below, click for disclosures and more information) that shows the average annualized rate of return for companies before and after becoming one of the top 10 largest companies in the US. Timely enough, this week I listening to the WSJ Podcast on ExxonMobile's fall, who just 7 years ago was the largest company in the US, and now has lost 60% of it's value and recently got booted out of the Dow Jones index. 
5 min read | Visual Capitalist
When it comes to marketing and money (especially that combination), I'm a bit of a cynic. This article didn't do much to assuage that cynicism, but I did learn a few new things. Pretty interesting hacks to know as a consumer or a seller. These three below especially caught my eye. 
I'm serious on this 2 day challenge. If you want me to hold you accountable to it, reply back to the email saying so and I'll follow up on Monday to see if you held to it. If you did - a big [virtual] high five, and an honest assessment question on if you found it valuable. 

Talk soon.

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