are still Starts. Don’t give up on the whole thing just ’cause you started a little later. Whether it’s your day, your business, your degree, whatever it is: A late start is still a start.Read more "Late Starts"
We think the business of business is the business of making money. That’s true, and most of business is that. But we can expand and simplify it down to saying that the business of business is the business of value. We exchange value with one another, whether that value is time, information, energy, motivation, healing, […]Read more "The Business of Business"
It’s simple to ask, but does wonders to break the ice. I find myself doing this with every person I meet, because sometimes it’s most satisfying to break the ice when a person doesn’t expect you to. When you show interest in somebody who didn’t think they’d be of interest to you, it builds connections […]Read more "What’s Your Name?"
Or the beginning? There’s no objective answer. Pick one and prove it. If you make yourself believe something, you’ll act on that belief. So, is this the end? Or is this the beginning?Read more "Is this the end…?"
It’s cool to have brand awareness. It’s cool to have lots of likes and shares. It’s cool to have fans. But let’s not forget that unless people give you something they value in exchange for the value you provide to them, it’s all just…fluff. The bottom line’s gotten a bad rap these days, but it’s […]Read more "Let’s Not Forget The Bottom Line"
Lately, I’ve been trying to develop some ideas and projects that I have high aspirations for. I have a big vision and goals for what these things could be. But there’s a problem. I keep getting thoughts of if this thing’s starting so small, will it ever get as big as I want it to? […]Read more "Where’s The Bathroom Gonna Go In My Mansion?"
Nothing. So maybe we should try doing that sometimes. It’s the only thing you can do perfectly, if you can’t accept less than perfection. The scary thing is, this is what perfectionists often end up doing. After too many failed attempts at perfection, instead of giving up on the idea of perfection, they give up trying […]Read more "What’s Perfect To A Perfectionist?"
It was a time machine that I didn’t know I was building. I’ve been on YouTube for maybe a decade now, and it houses some of my proudest accomplishments and my greatest embarrassments. It’s where I explored my passions and expressed the precocious profundity of a teenager seeming to have figured life out. It’s where […]Read more "What YouTube was to me…"
This is what most of us think: When I have… time, money, age, experience, the right person… Then I’ll be… free, eligible, ready, happy… So I’ll do… what I’ve always wanted, good things, the right work… It doesn’t work this way. You think you can’t be what you want, because of some resources you don’t […]Read more "When I Have…Then I’ll Be…So I’ll Do…"
So stop telling yourself it’s hard. Tell yourself it’s “a challenge I’m ready to take on,” or it’s “worth the struggle,” or it’s “an opportunity to grow.” How you label something will determine how you approach it.Read more "Telling Yourself It’s Hard, Makes It Harder"
Non-math-related questions to ask when evaluating if something is valuable to you: How did this make me feel? Can I use something from this in my life moving forward? Did this reinforce something I believe in? Did this challenge an assumption I had? Was my time better spent doing this than it would’ve been if […]Read more "Stop Doing Math To Calculate What Things Are Worth To You"
There’s a John Green novel that structures its chapters by titling them “# Days Before…” and “# Days After…” (or something to that effect.) There was an event in the middle. I think we measure life in those terms quite a bit. Something big happens and now our life is divided by that moment, everything […]Read more "Before It Happened, After It Happened"
Your life can feel like a random assortment of events and interactions, especially if you self-describe it that way. When you’re a little lost, and not sure what everything is leading to, or what everything that happened is all supposed to mean, you may just need some time to frame things up. A heartbreak here […]Read more "Framing Things Up"
So I literally have an injury. I fell down some stairs while babysitting and hurt my leg (no, that’s not a euphemism, the kids didn’t abuse me, I really fell). As I started limping around the house, I realized the way we often speak the moment we have an excuse to be a victim. We […]Read more "Adding Insult to Your Own Injury"
When we’re looking…we’re looking for someone outside of ourselves to validate us, to accept us, to take us in as we are. But as I’ve observed in quite a few people around me, sometimes the more you look, the less you find. Over time, the very process of looking starts to convince you that you’re […]Read more "Looking…"
This Saturday, I’m doing a short improv workshop, the ridiculous title of which is: How To Look Like You Know What You’re Doing (Even When You Don’t) I’ve been preparing for it (no, not ironically), and I realize there’s so much I want to convey. Improv is an artform that I started learning back in […]Read more "I’m Running An Improv Workshop And I Have So Much To Prepare"
When you’ve spent a long time in a field you really like, you tend to stop asking those fundamental questions that got you there, the essential one being: what do I really love doing? At some point, even those of us who “follow our dreams” hit a rut. And ultimately, it’s because we stopped regularly […]Read more "Passion Project: Projecting Passion"
Sometimes we get bogged down by structure, chains of command, procedures, and other forms of rules. Sometimes we think things might be better without them, but it only takes a few rounds of chaos to realize why rules exist. Unless there’s something that binds us together, some code by which we all can operate, some […]Read more "Rules Help The Fun"
I recently found myself in a nervous state whenever I was completing a certain task. Generally, I might think to just stop the task, or take a break, or suffer through it until it was over. But this time, I decided to take a second, and notice what was happening to me physically. I was […]Read more "Physical Reaction Reaction"
Definition: Thinking too much and doing too little (or nothing at all). Solution: Think a bit, do a bit, think about what you did, do a bit more or do something different. If you wait too long to decide, you’re giving the decision too much weight, and thus, what you think will make the decision […]Read more "Analysis Paralysis"