And iteration is the key to excellence. You can’t improve unless you test, adjust, test, adjust, test, and adjust. But if your fear of starting stops you…you’ll have a hard time starting over and over again. And thus, you’ll have a hard time becoming excellent.Read more "Iteration Requires Starting"
It’s easy to make decisions with factors that everyone else uses. Money, ego, time. How will this decision affect these things? Sometimes we forget about our own well being, our families, our legacy. Every decision is a sacrifice of something for something else. Don’t get too distracted by the something else you’re getting that you […]Read more "What’s Best For You"
In the tons of material I’ve consumed, and tried to implement, on personal development and growth, there is one constant that is the single most essential ingredient to it all, yet the single most difficult practice to commit to: HONESTYTo be rigorously honest with yourself is one of the hardest things to achieve, because we […]Read more "You’re A Liar. So Am I."
I’ve noticed that for a lot of my adult life, I’ve spent about two years at a time getting deeply involved in something, and then leaving it behind. It’s a pattern that’s emerged, and I think it’s happened this way because after two years, I think I really start to discover how to do what […]Read more "Every 2 Years I’ve Moved On"
It doesn’t seem like much, but unless you communicate honestly how late you’re gonna be, every minute is a minute too long. If you can’t be on time, be courteous enough to admit it, and notify others when they can expect you. It’s not always about fulfilling the promise exactly, it’s about caring enough about […]Read more "10 Minutes Late"
1. Know that life transitions happen naturally, because they indicate to you that you’ve mastered one stage and it’s time to now move on and grow, because life itself is growth. 2. Know that although you don’t know how you’re going to conquer this next stage, you’ve conquered every stage prior to this, and you […]Read more "Transitions "
It’s not exactly an even scale. You’ll experience a high, a time when you feel energy flowing through you and everything feels in alignment and things feel unbelievably good. But then, you’ll balance back to the norm, to the middle. But, the only problem is, the middle now feels like a low, compared to the […]Read more "Highs and Lows"
If you’re trying to drive action, you have to frame what the action is, how to do it, and most importantly, why they must do it, now. We often think action will come when someone’s informed. How many things have you been informed about just today, and yet, you haven’t taken action to buy that […]Read more "Getting People To Action Takes More Than Informing Them"
In Marvel’s The Avengers (2012), the group asks Bruce Banner a few times how he’s kept his cool for such a long time without turning into “the other guy.” Think about this question: How do you keep your cool? Maybe you’re not one to get uncontrollably angry, but perhaps you’re one to get undeniably scared, […]Read more "The Hulk’s Secret To Keeping His Cool"
Welcome to Day 90. I was first introduced to the concept of daily blogging by Seth Godin, who encourages everyone to start a daily blog, and called it one the top five moves he’s made in his career. I’ve tried it before, but I think this time is the farthest I’ve gotten. What I’ve learned […]Read more "I’ve Been Blogging Every Day For Three Months"
We don’t write letters anymore. That’s okay, postage can be expensive and most of our handwriting sucks. What’s not okay, is that we don’t write deeply personal messages to each other in a manner that shows we’ve put effort into our words and our relationships. We’ve stopped sending love and thoughtfulness to those we love […]Read more "Write A Letter"
When I think back to so many experiences of my life, I wish I could go back and start them over, knowing what I know now. If I could do it over, I would work harder, spend more time being happy, appreciate the parts that I now miss so dearly. I would complain less and […]Read more "We Want Do-Overs"
…it rains a lot. Or, it pours, or something like that. Either way, sometimes it feels like the dominoes are falling fast, the snowball is gaining mass as it tumbles down, the winds are pushing the sails with more and more force. When the momentum finally picks up in your life, it’s a good time […]Read more "When It Rains…"
Unless you do it, people will make assumptions about your value based on what they perceive. And people don’t often perceive context, or potential, or even what’s actually valuable about something or someone. It’s up to you to demonstrate what value you provide, and then to communicate it. We’re not in your head, we can’t […]Read more "Communicating Your Value"
When last have you read a book in one sitting? Or created some piece of art, a painting or poem or story, completely immersed from start to finish? When last have you really taken your time? No looking at the clock, no worrying about what’s next, but just really diving in completely? We do so […]Read more "Take Your Time"
Have you ever tred to put together a puzzle with pieces from different puzzles? Or with some legos or pieces of cardboard paper? Did you ever try to make all the weird extra pieces fit together despite the fact that you already had all the pieces you needed? Stop letting everything and everyone else tell […]Read more "You Are Complete"
In the last episode of The Office, Andy Bernard reflects on how he’s spent most of his time missing his old friends, no matter where he moved on to: I wish there was a way to know you’re in the good old days, before you’ve actually left them. It feels this way a lot of […]Read more "Are You In The Good Old Days?"
Priorities.Read more "God, Family, Finance"
Sometimes we try to squeeze things so tightly so we can save the smallest bits. Spending an hour to find an online coupon to save a few bucks. Paying for apps that will save you seconds of time. Exerting tons of efffort in mental math to be sure this donation won’t really affect any of […]Read more "Squeezing The Small Bits"
I rarely have exact change, because these days it’s so easy to swipe. It’s so convenient to not have to ruffle through the wallet to look for pennies and nickels to be able to perfectly only give exactly what I owe. I wonder if this has been true in other parts of my life, too. […]Read more "Exact Change"