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Train of Thought: To Connecting the Dots, Overcoming Anxiety, & Finding Your Passion

by Brice Hogan

October 20, 2022 |

Hello Everyone,

Here is your weekly dose of thoughts, ideas, and other things. This is the stuff I have been thinking about and exploring this week.

Hope you enjoy this week's issue!

As always if you have any feedback or suggestions about the newsletter reach out to me at



Here is a Quote I'm Pondering

“A habit doesn't just fly under the radar cognitively; it also does emotionally. The act of performing a habit is curiously emotionless”

- Jeremy Dean -


Quick Read

The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success by Deepak Chopra

Here is the description about the book:

"In less than one hour, you can learn the secrets to success that will change your life forever… This “One Hour of Wisdom” edition of Chopra’s classic bestselling book distills the essence of his teachings into seven simple steps for creating success in all areas of your life.

Based on natural laws that govern all of creation, this book shatters the myth that success is the result of hard work, exacting plans, or driving ambition. Instead, Chopra reveals a life-altering perspective on the attainment of success: When we understand our true nature and learn to live in harmony with natural law, a sense of well-being, good health, fulfilling relationships, and material abundance spring forth easily and effortlessly.

This is a book you will cherish for a lifetime, for within its pages are the secrets to making all your dreams come true."

What's crazy about this book is that you can read it in an hour from cover to cover, but the amazing stuff you learn sticks with you forever.


What I watched recently

11 Ways to Overcome Fear & Anxiety | Jay Shetty |

Since the COVID Pandemic, I have noticed a surge in interest in mental health issues. Many people used to think it was reserved for people who were disturbed or needed serious treatment.

It's not the case anymore, it's everyone that seems to need some level of mental health help. Because we all have fear or anxiety about something in our lives.

It could be fear of failure, fear of being inadequate, or not being good enough. We treat ourselves pretty rough because fear and anxiety come from a place of worrying about something that has not happened in the future or we have done something in the past we don't feel we can overcome.

So coming up with strategies to overcome how we deal with our fear and anxiety I think are critical to our success and our own mental health.


What I Read this week

Screw Finding your Passion by Mark Manson

If you like something just do it. It's almost as simple as that. We could get into the weeds about how to find what your passion is, but more than likely you already know. It's not some mystery to you.

For me starting this blog was something I just did. I didn't have to debate whether I liked it, I knew it was an interest of mine and so I started writing.

You go onto Google and type in "How to Find Your Passion." There will be a million responses.

Here were some of the top results

  • 9 Tips on How to Find your Passion in Life

  • The secret to Finding your Passion

  • How to Find your passion in 6 Steps

Here is the secret though. None of them will help you find your passion. They will walk you through some processes and recommend how to. In the end, my guess is you already know what you like and what interests you so start there.

If you find you really like what you're doing, doors will open. If you don't. I'm guessing you're more than capable of finding something else that interests you.


Something to Think About

Connecting the dots

Where your interest lies is a function of what you are curious about. Steve Jobs dropped out of college and he said, "He dropped back into things he was curious about."

He decided to take a calligraphy class. No reason other than he found it interesting. Well, that class would have a monumental impact on all of our lives.

Years later as Apple was building the first Mac's it was Steve's interest in calligraphy that influenced the typography. In fact, the reason why most Mac's and PC's have the beautiful typography they do is that Steve dropped into something he was curious about.

Who knew that Steve Jobs taking calligraphy class would influence how we see information every day.

Who knows if reaching out to a friend for coffee could turn into an idea for a multi-billion dollar company

We just never know. We have to have faith that what we choose to drop into and what we are curious about will eventually connect in the future.

It's only by looking back, we are able to see how the dots connect.

And as always, please give me some feedback on LinkedIn or Twitter. What resonated with you most? What kinds of things would you like to see more of? Please let me know. Email me at or DM me on Linkedin at Brice Hogan or on Twitter @thebricehogan

Have a great weekend everyone.




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