Good Day, God! and Hello to Peter Shankman — photo right
For years I have been aware that I am not a very good manager of myself. That “problem” is part of what made working so enjoyable! I had limits and requirements! I had to show up and pretty much DO what I had agreed to do. I loved it!
It wasn’t so much that I had a “boss” because I was incredibly fortunate to be (mostly) in collegial settings. But, I had structure and expectations which provided focus. I had accountability. Retirement has brought “freedom” . . . but a certain restlessness. And although I have friends that I admire . . . I didn’t feel as if I had a mentor or teacher just for me. A person who understood me and wanted to help me “manage” myself. Actually, I didn’t even know I wanted one.
Ah, but then I stumbled onto Peter Shankman’s book Faster Than Normal: Turbocharge Your Focus, Productivity and Success with the Secrets of the ADHD Brain. He had me on the first page where he interrupted his introduction with, OH! SHINY! I burst out laughing! The JOY of that recognition was POWERFUL! I do that mostly while walking — conversing — until I STOP to take a photo of something beautiful . . . or interesting . . . or yes, shiny.
I’ve chosen to put a photo him into this blog — because if I’m going to learn from someone — I like to do it face to face.
Tomorrow I will delve into what I’m learning and how I’m using it. Because, hey! Right now, I’m only on Chapter Three.