Darren, Host

Darren

“I’ve been lucky to live nearly 40 years, and through trial and error, come closer to an understanding of my perfect day.  What is the good life? How do I want to live my few days on earth? Wouldn’t life be amazing, meaningful, a gift, if we were to repeatedly live our perfect day?” (Darren, 38, USA)

My perfect day:

  • Wake up well-rested and with a prayer of gratitude
  • Wake up early to the sunrise, get outside and walk through crisp air, breathe, break a sweat
  • Ideally surrounded by nature, close to a beach, a mountain, a river
  • Early morning yoga, tai chi, or gym to improve my conditioning and circulation
  • Time, space, silence to visualize my perfect life and a fulfilling day
  • Healthy, nutritious breakfast in a comfortable, minimalist living space. Any media consumed is inspirational or related to my biggest goals. No news or social media.
  • Mornings (3-4 hours) dedicated to creative “deep work:” writing, recording, brainstorming, creating new products, new value propositions, marketing plans, hiring strategies. This work or skill development pushes the mission of my life forward. I am in an expansive space and surrounded by objects / cues that minimize distraction and inspire deep work.
  • Healthy, light lunch with inspirational people, masters of their craft, adding value to society
  • Early afternoon – finding great talent, and developing, coaching and unleashing their gifts, whether that’s employees, customers, partners, mentees, mentors, investors, partners, students; building organizations, cultures and systems that free people to do their best work. Also, time spent building networks – looking for ways to connect and help people and add value
  • Late afternoon / early evening I am playing sports I love – basketball, tennis, frisbee – or practicing a physical skill like salsa to enter the flow state and leave the mind behind
  • Being outside as the sun sets
  • Delicious dinner with close friends, family and loved ones, sharing stories, struggles and laughs
  • After dinner entertainment – movies, music, dancing, games, exploring new worlds, people, and interests
  • 10 minute reflection on day and planning tomorrow’s schedule and MITs
  • Reading, drinking in wisdom of a great book
  • Close connection with significant other
  • Prayer and water seeds – good things you’ve done for others – before sleep

What it DOESN’T have:

  • Administrative tasks like paying bills, going to post office, cleaning, booking trips, house maintenance
  • Mundane, repetitive work that I have been doing for years
  • Negative energy, from junk food or pollution or people

What it FEELS like:

  • purposeful
  • focused
  • stretched
  • exciting
  • generous
  • valuable
  • connected
  • clean energy
  • clear mind
  • thankful
  • joyful
  • peaceful
  • magical & mysterious
  • end day spent – in a good way

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