Terry Storch Dispatch w.45.2019
You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself. That is something you have charge of. - Jim Rohn
Eastbound and down, loaded up and charging. We’ll top off at the Superchargers on the way. It doesn't quite have the same ring to it as the original song, but it is a reality right now for so many. (Smokey and the Bandit reference) Later today, my brother and I are heading to Memphis, Tennessee, with my dad to celebrate his 78th birthday. Our dad loves Blues music and BBQ, so a road trip in my brother’s Tesla Model 3 is in order. I highly anticipate this trip to accelerate my purchase of a Model Y or 3, but we’ll see. We’re really looking forward to this trip, which will include visits to Graceland, Mollie Fontaine Lounge, Sunrise Memphis, Peabody Hotel Duck March, The Rendezvous, Blues City Cafe, Silky O’Sullivans, and BB Kings. Should be an epic father-son-son adventure!
Last Sunday was my first day back on the tennis court since my calf injury on August 24th. That’s 71 days. Yeah, I may have been counting. And I’ve been working really hard with my physical therapist as well as lifting weights in the gym to get stronger so I can avoid future injuries. Even with my injury, I am stronger, more fit, and lighter than I was 71 days ago. But what I noticed playing this week is that I am hesitant and timid with my calf. I am slower and not launching off my feet like I was. I am not intentionally limiting myself, but my subconscious is. It’s crazy to realize how much the mind controls us. Makes me think of many illustrations around being hurt, and the hesitations and limitations those hurts can create. I am focused on being diligent, wise, and intentional. Hesitations, get behind me!
Thanks Oprah! I referenced being lighter than I was 71 days ago, and much of that is because I started Weight Watchers the day after my injury. I wasn’t in the worst shape of my life, but I was really struggling to stay in a weight zone I am comfortable with. I have noticed after passing the 45-year old mark, gaining weight is easier, and losing weight is really hard. My mom had been talking about doing Weight Watchers, and my amazing wife decided to join to offer support and drop a few pounds before our Hawaii trip. So, I jumped on the bandwagon and decided to give it a shot. For me, structure and intentionality is always key. The Weight Watchers mobile app is awesome, and the program is so simple that it has been really easy and fun to follow. I’m averaging about a pound a week in my weight loss and am currently down 13 pounds. If you want to try a month for free, here is a link for you.
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I reference Charlie Munger regularly because he is worth quoting and learning from. This week James Clear pulled out a great thought of his from one of my favorite books, Poor Charlie's Almanack: The Wit and Wisdom of Charles T. Munger. This principle or mindset would radically improve our society today.
"I have what I call an 'iron prescription' that helps me keep sane when I drift toward preferring one intense ideology over another. I feel that I'm not entitled to have an opinion unless I can state the arguments against my position better than the people who are in opposition. I think that I'm qualified to speak only when I've reached that state…”
Social Media has destroyed this generation. Oh, cancel that. Social Media has NOT destroyed a generation. Depending on what you read, the inputs, and perspective you have will land you in one of these camps. This Scientific America article is really good and dives deep into the research behind these views. I won’t be a spoiler, but the closing two paragraphs are absolutely worth your investment. The power of mindset is REAL! (read more)
Forty percent growth is impressive in just about any category. What if by shifting from a five-day work week to a four-day work week your company could become 40% more productive? Microsoft Japan saw just that and will be expanding the trial beyond summer because of the impressive results. This is a great read with some interesting tidbits including the reduction of 1-hour meetings to 30 minutes. I am a big fan of that! (read more)
Apple rolled out their first credit card in partnership with Goldman Sachs on August 20, 2019, which was a little over 70 days ago. Any idea how much money they have loaned out since then? 10 BILLION DOLLARS! Wow, ten billion dollars has been loaned out in just over 70 days, and Apple Card customers have racked up 736 million dollars in debt. That may not be a ton to Apple, but it sounds like a lot to me! (read more)