Day 33: Oops… I wrote it again

To date, MyHappinessObsession has six-hundred and seventy-seven published posts including today’s offering. What this means, as I have been noticing, is that I will from time to time repeat myself. I am, after all, the same man writing from day to day, with the same set of interests and topics I like to write about. Several times recently I have been thinking about writing a post, and upon searching on my blog for a similar theme, I find a post where I say something similar. In fact, sometimes I have…

Day 32: Habits of “The Richest Man in Babylon”

Today I listened to part of an audio book of George S. Clason’s “The Richest Man in Babylon,” a classic of mid 20th Century prosperity literature that includes titles such as “Think and Grow Rich” and “The Greatest Salesman in the World.” As much as I have enjoyed many wealth-related books, I have always loved “The Richest Man in Babylon” because it really is a personal finance book first and foremost. Personal finance is where I shine! “The Richest Man in Babylon” really drove home for me the point about…

Day 31: Just Keep Going…!

This feeling of forward momentum has come over me lately. And a thought that keeps going on in the back of my mind: “Just keep going. Just keep going. You’ll get somewhere good.” Maybe it’s the influence of my viral Youtube video (which today hit 3 million views!) That experience has boosted my confidence that, yes, I can and do reach people. And since that video is four years old, it reminds me to give things time to take root. It’s a variation on the slow and steady approach. It…

Day 30: Ten Ways I am Being Kind to Myself

This year, the theme of my personal growth seems to be about being kind to myself. It’s not always easy, but I do feel that I am making progress in this area. I am getting really good at saying to myself, “I AM WHERE I AM” and accepting the moment as it is. So I would like to share Ten Ways I am Being Kind to Myself These Days: Taking the pressure off myself about my new album release. I released a new piano album this year called “Jaguar Love…

Day 29: “She Will Be Loved” (Original Music)

Here we are on Day 29 of my 365 Day Blog. Coinciding with that, I am also on day 60 or so of my daily composing, which I started in June. It has been so glorious to write music. Every single day, I sit down and start experimenting. Today’s piece is a big orchestral idea, like a dramatic passionate film score. I don’t think I executed it perfectly, but the big sweeping idea is awesome. I love the experimentation and I am always learning! My wife suggested that the piece…

Day 28: Improving My Marathon/Life Balance

I can personally say that training for and running a marathon has been one of the most fulfilling and satisfying things I have ever done. However–this may sound obvious–it is not easy. And when I say it is not easy, I’m not just talking the physical challenge of four months of training and then that big run at the end. I’m talking about the challenge of balancing marathon training with the rest of life. I’m still figuring this one out, but I’m hoping that with Marathon #3 I can get…

Day 27: The Serenity Prayer in Action

I am a big fan of the Serenity Prayer. I repeatedly think of it day in and day out: “God,* grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” This is one of several incantations that I have said in my mind so many times that it has become almost automatic.** The wisdom of the serenity prayer is vast! The prayer has three distinct parts, and each part, at least for me, has…

Day 26: The Drama-Free Game of Growing Share Ownership

It’s interesting how much we investors focus on our portfolio balance. As in, “How many dollars is the portfolio worth right now?” or “Wow, the portfolio gained $10,000 in value today!” Or “When will my portfolio reach $2 million?” Certainly this is understandable and normal. But focusing primarily on one’s portfolio balance can make for a bumpy ride, as the portfolio balance will always change with the daily fluctuations of asset prices. This can be a lot of fun when the market is up. But what about when it’s down?…

Day 25: Time Is Going to Pass Anyway…

Listen up, folks. Time is passing. RIGHT NOW. As you read this, seconds are ticking away. Minutes become hours, hours become days, days become weeks, weeks become months, months become years, years become decades. Decades become a lifetime. You might as well make your time count for something that means something to you 🙂 Not too long ago I was standing in a small cemetery next to the cafeteria of my first college in the East Coast. I had just made arrangements to leave that school. For some reason, that…

Day 24: “The Truth Behind the Lie” (Original Music)

One thing I love about doing my daily compositions is how they can perfectly channel my mood. Yesterday I wrote something very calm and positive. Apparently I was quite a bit moodier today, as this somber/dark atmospheric piece came out. Creating music is cathartic for me, and it is awesome how I can transmutate raw emotion that I might not even realize is underneath into a piece of music. Enjoy “The Truth Behind the Lie” 🙂