Sole Searching is intended and designed to generate and create serious thinking and deep consideration regarding one’s beliefs, motivation and driving force to finally move yourself to the next level.

Week 82, Volume 82

In a very entertaining book that also is filled with life-altering wisdom, Jesse Itzler in Living with the Monks did just that. For a period of time, he left his family, business and the comfortable world he knew and lived with monks completely disconnected from the “real world.”

A few of the main lessons he walked away with after reflecting on his experience were instrumental in my own journey:

  • Monks do one thing at a time
  • Monks don’t rush.  They do things slowly and deliberately.
  • Monks don’t cut corners. They do it completely.

For too many years to remember, I had this habit of after eating I would always clean up after myself. I would wash the utensils and then I would place them on the drain board. I would not dry them and put them away. Sometimes I would come back to do it, but most times, it had been done. And you guessed it, my wife, Laura, completed MY task. I learned a very valuable lesson from this book, simply one’s success is in finishing what you start. Yes, now I wash, dry and put things away. Minuscule in the day to day life. But, I feel more complete, satisfied, accomplished and more than ready to take on the very next task.

Do the difficult things while they are easy and do the great things while they are small. A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step. -Lao Tzu