And welcome to the first post of Great Works in Progress: a blog about how to find peace and happiness in your everyday life.
I want this to be a place of reflection, encouragement, inspiration, and discovery. I will offer lessons I’ve gained in life and continually challenges I face, too.
Consider it your break from the world. A place to pause, think, find meaning, and prepare yourself for whatever your next challenge is in the world.
My name is Edward Smith. I like to learn and think and help others.
This is me fancy:
And this is me relaxing on Mitchell Bay, kayaking (I don’t get to do it often, but I love it!):
Learning is my passion. I constantly try to learn, develop and challenge myself to be a kinder, better human being each year. My greatest passion is that I want to help other people find their path to growth.
It’s time for me to contribute after 15 years of challenging myself to grow in all sorts of directions.
I intend to cover a bevy of topics such as:
- Why failure is important and how to not be discouraged by it
- Finding meaning in the ordinary
- Grit and why it matters
- Passion and how it’s created and not found
- Wonder as an adult
- Courage and what it means to an ordinary person
- Helplessness — and how to escape it
- Mindset: growth, fixed, and how to shift your perspective
- Stopping bad habits
- 30 day trials and why they matter
- Big dreams and why they are practical
- Why doing hard things are important
- Re-discovering the Joy of Discovery
- Gratitude and why it matters
- Loving yourself and self-forgiveness and kindness is not only for strangers
- The most important choice (my favorite!)
- And how all goals can be simplified to one thing and it’s the most important thing
- And much more
So, why did I pick Great Works in Progress as the name?
We are all trying to grow in the direction that is most important to us. The meaning of the name is that everything we choose to do adds up to who we are. By being aware and shaping ourselves, we find meaning and purpose. It’s what we’re meant to do.
But sometimes, we all need a little help to see it. I certainly have.
I want to give back and share all the lessons I’ve learned along the way from a warehouse worker to a data scientist.
So, please enjoy the ride!