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Michael Gardon

  • Writer's pictureMichael Gardon

Applying Inversion To Being Thankful - The Break Issue 23

Updated: Mar 19

Welcome to the 118 new members of The Break since last week!

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Looking for a great Holiday Gift?

Check out my kids' side hustle, Quotebook . Quotebook is a great gift for a young couple or family with young kids to start building the daily habit of being (and capturing) silliness. The kids and I built Quotebook out of our tradition of capturing all the funny things we say in our family, and reliving them whenever we want to laugh.

Inverting Thankfulness

We are all thankful this time of year - or we try to be.

Have you ever sat down and tried to articulate what you are thankful for.

I’ve started gratitude journals with my kids and we’ve also had a tradition of saying three things we’re thankful for about the day before we go to bed.

It’s funny, they often struggle (and sometimes I do as well) coming up with different things to say.

Why does this happen?

It’s because the amount of things we could truly be thankful for is so limitless we either take them for granted or the options basically flood the inbox of our minds.

To get them unblocked I ask a different question:

“What are you thankful you don’t have?

While this may seem like a harder question, it’s actually effective because it acts as a constraint to narrow our field of vision.

It’s easier to think about negative things in or mind.

This process is called inversion, and I’ll detail it in the newsletter next week.

But for today, as you’re thinking about being Thankful, try giving thanks for the things you don’t have in your life and see what happens.

What I'm NOT thankful for this year.

This Thanksgiving, I’m thankful that I don’t have:

  • a boss

  • a lot of debt

  • VC investors

  • an expensive car

  • a cubicle

  • pressure

  • a lifestyle I can’t keep up with

  • outside demands on my time

  • kids with problems

  • a wife who secretly resents me

  • parents that aren't around

The list can go on and on, but I’m pretty lucky and I have a lot to be thankful for, especially all the amazing people we’ve added to this community since I started seriously writing!

From my family to yours - I hope you all have an amazing Thanksgiving Break!


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What’s happening on the pod?

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