What is LifeReboot?
LifeReboot is a blog about creating positive change in your life. Topics range from big, overwhelming changes like finding a new career path to small, daily changes like forming good habits. I share my thoughts and experiences here to help inspire you to create positive change in your own life. I want you to realize that changing your life is not only possible, but thoroughly rewarding.
Who are you?
My name is Shaun Boyd, and I am obsessed with personal development. I believe that when you invest in yourself, you can never lose. Consequently, I’m always anxious to try something new, learn new skills, and seize opportunities with the hope that these changes will help improve my life.
I didn’t always feel this way. There was a time where I didn’t even realize that changing my life was an option. I was stuck in a routine that was making me unhappy, until I realized that I could change it. Here’s what happened:
I grew up with a curious interest in technology. Over the years I gained a keen understanding of computers. Everyone who knew me had this idea about how I would “succeed” in life thanks to my computer talents. It was an understood assumption among friends and family that I’d attend college, majoring in computer science.
I never stopped to give the choice much thought. I met those expectations and received my BS in CS. Once in the working world, though, I fell into a distinct pattern: I’d start a new computer job, become unhappy within a few years, leave that job to get a different computer job, become unhappy after another few years, and so on.
My unhappiness was always the result of how I stopped learning new things after working in the same place for too long. In every instance I’d reach a point where my job no longer offered any new and interesting things to learn, leaving only the mundane repetitive tasks which made my job boring and left my life unfulfilled.
One of these repetitive tasks was updating computer software. Whenever software undergoes a significant change, it is necessary to reboot the computer. Rebooting gives the computer a fresh start to accommodate the change.
It was during one of these reboots that I experienced an epiphany: Staring at my expressionless reflection in the blackened monitor, I realized how I would always be unhappy in the computer industry. Although this was a choice that I had made, there was no passion driving that decision. It was a mistake. I was miserable and needed to change. I needed to “reboot my life.”
That thought incubated in my mind and caused me to create LifeReboot. It started out as an experiment to see if I could make a living writing, but it has evolved into something much more.
LifeReboot has chronicled my experiences as I gradually reinvent myself as a writer. LifeReboot was my emotional outlet when my girlfriend was diagnosed with cancer. LifeReboot has carried my voice to the eyes and ears of hundreds of thousands of readers, and has retold my stories relentlessly since I first started telling them in 2007.
Perhaps most importantly, LifeReboot has been the greatest communication tool for meeting like-minded individuals like myself. I am often contacted by readers wanting to change their lives, and I consider myself lucky to have everyone sharing their stories with me.
Where should I go from here?
Everything written on LifeReboot is intended help raise your awareness. I hope that you will relate to the articles I’ve published here, so that you can be inspired to create positive change within your own life, and have the courage to reinvent yourself.
You can browse the archives and other sections of this site by using the top navigation bar. Popular articles are listed on the right. If you’re feeling lucky, you can click the red “Random Post” button in the upper right corner for a random article.
At the bottom of every article will be a “Related Entries” section with a list of similar articles to the one you just read.
If you’re looking for a recommendation of where to begin, check out 10 Articles That Change My Life. It is one of my most popular articles and explains how I came to realize that I was in control of the life I’m living.
If you’re interested in delving into the concept of starting a new life, check out The Many Lives We Live. It explores David Hume’s Bundle Theory of the self, which is responsible for my idea how it is possible to start your life over at any moment.
If you’re working in a dead end job, you might enjoy The Working Dead. It’s a discussion about people who waste their lives away one day at a time, doing things that aren’t truly important to them.
If you’re aware that you want to change your life, but you’re having trouble taking action, you should read Perfect Timing Doesn’t Exist. It’ll help you realize that you should stop waiting for it.
If you’re feeling depressed, you may want to check out How to Be Happy when Everything Sucks. It is an article with suggestions of how to overcome the feeling of helplessness.
If you want to read more about how my girlfriend beat her battle with cancer, check out How Cancer Changed Everything.
Finally, if you’d like to get a hold of me, please use the Contact Form. If you want to help Support LifeReboot, please “Like” my articles on Facebook or click the PayPal button — I’m grateful for your help in making my dream a reality!