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Published on October 1, 2018 By Frogboy In Life, the Universe and Everything

One of the challenges I face in my role as the CEO of a company is that I always live in the future.  My job is to project things that will happen 1 year, 3 years, 5 years from now.  As a result, I tend to worry about things all the time.

Andy Grove, the former CEO of Intel, wrote a book I highly recommend called Only the Paranoid Survive. It's been a boon and a curse to me because I have learned a lot from it but at the same time, it has resulted in me constantly focusing on the future and not the present which is, frankly, not a very good way to live.

So what can be done? There is a concept called Mindfulness.  It is, in essence, about focusing on the here and now.  Many of us are aware of the advice to appreciate what you have today but that's easier said than done.  The question is...how?  Mindfulness is not advice, it is a series of techniques to try to focus more on the here and now to appreciate the moment, to live more in the moment in order to find a better balance between planning for the future and thinking of the present.

My question to you guys is, how many of you struggle with this as well and what techniques have you used to address it?


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on Oct 01, 2018

Life.  The thing that happens to you while you are making plans...

Was going to post the 'simple answer' - alcohol....

But, as someone who 'was' a hippie in the 70's and dabbled in meditation [yes, it can work], these days I've learned to control stress levels and blood pressure by [trying to] not fret the little things.... and deal with the bigger things simply one-day-at-a-time.

[OK, if/when I get to the point I can't afford the alcohol....then I'll have to re-evaluate]...

on Oct 01, 2018

Yeap, after my heart attack, I don't worry about anything(except drivers) anymore. 

on Oct 01, 2018

I do it by not stressing over anything. My blood pressure has been consistently normal because of it. When asked how the answer is always the same. I dunno, I just do it. 

on Oct 01, 2018


One of the challenges I face in my role as the CEO of a company is that I always live in the future.  My job is to project things that will happen 1 year, 3 years, 5 years from now.  As a result, I tend to worry about things all the time.
Andy Grove, the former CEO of Intel, wrote a book I highly recommend called Only the Paranoid Survive. It's been a boon and a curse to me because I have learned a lot from it but at the same time, it has resulted in me constantly focusing on the future and not the present which is, frankly, not a very good way to live.
So what can be done? There is a concept called Mindfulness.  It is, in essence, about focusing on the here and now.  Many of us are aware of the advice to appreciate what you have today but that's easier said than done.  The question is...how?  Mindfulness is not advice, it is a series of techniques to try to focus more on the here and now to appreciate the moment, to live more in the moment in order to find a better balance between planning for the future and thinking of the present.
My question to you guys is, how many of you struggle with this as well and what techniques have you used to address it?

Might I suggest the book "The Code of the Extraordinary Mind" by Vishen Lakhiani.  I am only half way thru the book, but he has a chapter on having a bold vision for your future but remaining happy in the now.

on Oct 01, 2018

I'm at a point in my life [65] where I'm not planning too far into the future, but rather dealing with what today brings me.  However, we are planning to move back to Tasmania in April, May next year, but that's as far as I want to look right now.  It is a realistic hope/dream at this point, and we're looking forward to it, but after that, well we'll see what may be.

Thing is, I am not running a business, so I do not have the pressure on me to to be viable in years to come for those customers and employees depending on it.  However, I can see your dilemma, wanting to plan for the future of Stardock in an uncertain world.  For example, things may change and your future plans are in tatters, but there is nothing you can do about that until the time comes.

What I suggest is that you enjoy the now and your successes to the fullest extent, do things that you enjoy, and do them with your family.... share the good times with those you hold dear, both at work and at home.  I'm guessing that you already do this naturally, as a matter of factly, but it's making it a more conscious effort that helps with greater peace of mind and thus satisfaction

However, that is not to say you should rest on your laurels.  If you see near future opportunities that are viable and doable, then go for it.  I wouldn't plan or invest too far ahead, though.