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Andrew Skotzko Andrew Skotzko truth digger. motivated shifter. calendar ignorer.

Andrew Skotzko is a curious entrepreneur who's passionate about creating peak experiences and elegant products. He also enjoys finding bits of truth hidden in plain sight ... and going for long bike rides. [www.noticings.com]

I went through a fairly trying time last year. I had to learn to deal with stress and try to adapt and respond in a healthy way. I reconsidered my motivations for doing things, asking myself if the reasons I had before are the same reasons I have now, and I’ve noticed a shift in my motivation. I’ve put a renewed focus on taking care of myself, on getting down to the basics of being healthy in every way – physically, emotionally, spiritually – and that’s helped a lot. I feel calmer and more peaceful than I have in quite a while.

For a long time, I didn’t understand my own reasons for doing things. I was motivated by ego and the programming I grew up with. Then I finally started to shed some of those external driving factors and do things for my own reasons, reasons that are a lot more positive and sustainable.

Different people find their outlets in different ways. My outlets are writing and running, which tend to help me get out of my conscious mind and access something deeper. Give yourself permission to go do whatever works for you.

We tend to over-focus on the big, hot moments, the big breakthroughs, and yet we go through a process to get to them. When we’re searching desperately for something and getting frustrated and almost giving up, it can help to stop trying so hard, to take away the pressure and do something else. Then a solution comes. It’s almost like we have to get out of our own way. Those big breakthroughs, the big wins, are usually the result of lots of little wins, so appreciate the little wins along the way.

My current definition of a successful day is one I’m present for. Most days, I don’t know what day it is. Is it Thursday? Are we into July yet? Who cares? When I’m living one day at a time, being totally present with whatever I’m doing or whoever I’m with, what day it is doesn’t matter. All that matters is this, right here, right now.

Did I learn, love, and create today? If I do those three things in any given day, it’s a pretty good day. If I string together enough pretty good days, that turns into a pretty good life. But I don’t think about tomorrow. I focus 100 percent on today.

– Andrew Skotzko

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