If you’re as big of a geek as I am, you may have spent some time imagining yourself as a Lord or Lady of Westeros. If you’re as extra-super geeky as I am, you have definitely imagined yourself as a Lord or Lady of Westeros, you’ve chosen a sigil and family words, and laid it out very nicely in Adobe Illustrator, like this:
(By the way, if you have no idea what I’m talking about read the A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin. You may also take the lazy road and watch the H.B.O. series Game of Thrones. Actually, I recommend doing both. There are so many dang characters to follow that watching the show and reading the books has helped me tremendously in following the story.)
I don’t know German, but the best translation of my name that I’ve been able to decipher is “an area of oak trees.” So my sigil is, of course, an oak tree. Sounds pretty lame, I know, but that’s just on the surface.
Oak was the preferred wood for Viking longships because of its strength and flexibility. So imagine that lame oak tree cut into boards and fashioned into a boat with a bad-ass dragon head on in it! Starting to wish you could have an oak tree as your sigil now, aren’t you!?
So now you’re thinking, “If that’s the case, why not use a Viking longship as your sigil, Patrick?”
Well, what you can’t tell by looking at this tree is its height. It is a fully-grown, 100-foot-tall oak tree. Hmmm, perhaps I should add a photo of myself for size reference:
Hmm, it looks rather difficult to see me on there. Maybe I should just do this:
The tree is 100-feet tall because in his book, Secrets of the Millionaire Mind: Mastering the Inner Game of Wealth, T. Harv Eker states, “If a 100-foot oak tree had the mind of a human, it would only grow to be ten feet tall.” And, well, I firmly intend to be a 100-foot oak tree which means I have a lot of mental work to do. Therefore, the size of the tree represents my commitment to constantly learning and growing.
Wait…why am I telling you about this? Oh yeah, the words of House (Patrick) Eichhold, “Temet nosce.” To quote the Oracle from The Matrix, “It’s latin. It means ‘know thyself.'”
When I succeed and achieve the life of my dreams, it will be because of my superior self-knowledge and -awareness. This episode is about that topic.
Resources mentioned this episode:
“If you work hard at your job you’ll earn a living. If you work hard on yourself you’ll earn a fortune.” —Jim Rohn
I had no luck finding the name of the book I mention at the 3:50 mark. Anyone out there know which book I’m talking about?
If you would like to find a good mental health counselor there are many avenues. You many ask for a referral from your physician, find a list of counselors in your health insurer’s network, or simply find one in the yellow pages or through a Google search.
Begin to know thyself by asking questions of yourself and listening to your thoughts and feelings to receive the answers.