“Sir, to what do you attribute your success in life?”
Immediately, Churchill replied, Conservation of energy. Never stand up when you can sit down, and never sit down when you can lie down.”
Churchill conserved his energy so that he never shirked from a task or backed down from a challenge. He would go on to become one of the 20th centuries great heroes.
In his spare time, he was also known for taking on bricklaying and oil painting. He energized his soul by feeling the earth between his fingers and using a different part of his brain.
What can we learn from this?
Anxiety is calmed by finding purpose outside your core job and carving out time for activities that immerse you in nature. Working harder is not the answer. It’s conserving your energy so you know when to lean in and when to lean out.
I highly recommend Ryan Holiday’s Book Stillness that gives many examples of the world’s great figures and how they achieve it.
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