“Most people … wish for an outcome but make no intention-driven actions toward that outcome. If they would just do something most people would find that they get some version of the outcome they’re looking for.”
– Chad Fowler, computer-languages specialist and author of The Passionate Programmer, who lost 70+ pounds after he applied his problem-solving geek mindset to losing weight and getting fit.
Fowler is a great example of someone taking ownership of his life and building a solution that works for him rather than constantly seeking (and then ignoring) the latest “expert” diet/fitness advice.
Reading about Fowler’s “Harajuku Moment” in Tim Ferriss’ The 4-Hour Body was part of what eventually motivated me to try developing menu templates for certain days of the week, which is the topic of my most recent newspaper column. You can read more about Fowler’s “Harajuku Moment” on his blog.
While you’re there, you might want to check out this free chapter from The Passionate Programmer on “value rigidity,” which is “what happens when you believe in the value of something so strongly that you can no longer objectively question it.” It’s a good read, even if, like me, you don’t give a hoot about computers or programming.