Move With Purpose by Reserving Time to Not Move At All

“Idleness is fatal only to the mediocre.” — Albert Camus

Michael Thompson


“I insist on a lot of time being spent, almost every day, to just sit and think. That is very uncommon in American business. I read and think. So I do more reading and thinking, and make less impulse decisions than most people in business. I do it because I like this kind of life.” — Warren Buffett

For the months leading up to the birth of my first child I was a mess. I was convinced I would not have any time for myself, and all of my goals and dreams would have to be temporarily pitched. As a result, I ran around trying to knock out as many bucket lists items as possible, successfully accomplishing none of them.

Fast forward three years and how I responded during the months leading up to the birth of our second child could not have been more different.

I was calm. I was present. I was composed.

I am convinced the main reason for this switch was because I followed the lead of Warren Buffet above, and reserved time each day to “Sit and Think.”

As someone who was trying to figure out ways to create time, this may sound counter-productive. However, from my experience it has had the exact opposite affect.

By taking the time to better understand my values and who I was, my vision of the person I wanted to become became clearer. As a result, over time my confidence to take the necessary steps to reach this dream version of myself became stronger.

“Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power.” — Lao Tzu

Warren Buffett is not alone in prioritising this practice. Einstein, Newton, Jung, Rowling, Lennon, Dalio — besides being recognisable by only their last name, all accredited their ability to move with purpose to the fact they embraced the action of not moving at all.



Michael Thompson

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