As someone in the startup business world, I’m constantly told of skills that I should be learning. Coding, SEO, social media, business analytics, data science, copywriting, investing, financial modeling. The list goes on for days.
However, the most important skill I’ve learned in the past 5 years is not any of these things. In fact, it’s not even a business skill.
It’s a skill that’s been practiced for thousands of years. And it’s become widely practiced in the past 20 years as more and more people (and scientists) realize that it won’t take your edge away; on the contrary, it will give you that edge.
Ray Dalio, Oprah, Jerry Seinfeld, Joe Rogan, and Jeff Weiner all practice this skill on a daily basis and attribute it as one of the biggest reasons for their success.
So what’s the skill?
I’ve been meditating almost every single day since 2016. It’s helped me get through the toughest times and given me some of my best insights. It’s allowed me to learn how to live in the present. It’s a swiss army knife in all aspects of my life, and I notice an immediate difference in my general state-of-mind whenever I miss a day.
Since 2018, I’ve used a meditation app called Waking Up with Sam Harris, which I recommend to anyone I ever talk to about meditation. I don’t think anyone explains meditation and guides you through the practice as well as Sam does.
One of my favorite new features on the app is what he calls Moments. At random points during the day, I receive a 1-minute clip (a Moment) from Sam Harris reminding me why meditating is so important. Here is a transcript of the Moment from today, which is better than anything I could ever write to you about mediation:
“Much of our thinking about ourselves and the world is either pointless or actively harmful because it’s so often born of anxiety or envy or self-judgement or other negative emotions. And in turn, it perpetuates those very states of mind. Mindfulness allows you to experience your life in the present without ruminating about what just happened or about what should have happened or almost happened or what might yet happen.
So the connection between mindfulness and happiness is very direct.
At bottom, mindfulness is the ability to pay attention to what actually matters. It’s hard to imagine a more important skill than that.”Sam Harris, Waking Up App
Pay attention to what actually matters.
Mediation matters, and it’s a practice I’m constantly learning more about. While I haven’t read any books on meditation or Buddhist practices yet, it’s definitely on the radar. It’s something I want to continue to level up on, so stay tuned for more in-depth blogs on it in the future.
In the meantime, if you want to try out Waking Up for yourself (and you definitely should), you can get a free month by using my link here.
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This blog was very different than yesterday’s post. What did you think? Interested in learning more about meditation? Let me know what you think in the comments or in my DMs!