Be good at two things

Cartoonist and former ad copywriter Hugh MacLeod sent out an excellent newsletter about being good at two things. In it, he spells out the reasons why we should be knowledgeable in two areas in order to maximize our unique career potential. When you’re very good at “n”, there are probably thousands of people who are […]


Faith can move mountains

“There is a positive correlation between the fear of death and the sense of unlived life,” writes Oliver Burkeman in The Antidote (Amazon). Futuring is a tough business. We toggle between our present number of choices along with desires and goals that reinforce the prioritization of time. Knowing that we can’t do it all, most people […]

Confronting reality 👀

Goal setting is like game setting. You start at level 1 and graduate into unforeseen directions. If you’re lucky, you’ll ping-pong forward, making leaps and bounds. But more often than not, declaring your ambitions acts as a compass, guiding you with mere suggestions on how to proceed. The lighthouse may tease what’s ahead yet what remains […]

Risky indecision

In the absence of ideas, we’re lost floating at sea. Weighed down in idea debt, a lack of action can have the same debilitating effect. Interia is the purported enemy. Just write the truest sentence already. What works better is facing fear and proceeding right into it. Keep your eyes on the prize and spend […]

‘Intention without action is an insult to those who expect the best from you’

Despite popular belief to the contrary, there is absolutely no power in intention. The seagull may intend to fly away, may decide to do so, may talk with the other seagulls about how wonderful it is to fly, but until the seagull flaps his wings and takes to the air, he is still on the […]

Impatient with action, patient with results

Impatient with action, patient with results. Taking consistent, small steps, each day turns thousands of drips into a bucket of water. But it’s not so much the practice that matters. It is the execution. Shooting the basketball with improper form every day is not going to help come game time. The fundamentals for adaptability go […]

Into the wilderness

The game of goal setting is a choice. Instead of leaving your future to the whims of nature, you create your own course and chase an ideal outcome. As Hunter S. Thompson advised: “a man who procrastinates in his CHOOSING will inevitably have his choice made for him by circumstance.” Choice, however, does not make […]

Too many interests, more than one skill

We need doctors who specialize in heart surgery and spend 100% of their time helping other people. But we also need polymaths (Newton, Darwin, Leonardo da Vinci, etc.) to combine ideas to push society forward. As Dilbert’s creator Scott Adam points out, achieving excellence is rare. If you want something extraordinary [in life], you have […]

Henry Rollins: The One Decision that Changed My Life Forever

Talent is overrated. Hard work, discipline, grit, and consistency are attributes that increase your chances of getting what you want. Luck is a matter of being specific about your goals and two, putting yourself in a position for good things to happen. It is the accumulation of small and steady risks that make the biggest […]

Your vocation chooses you

We all start out with a dream, a goal of someone or something we want to emulate. We keep that dream close, putting up bedroom posters and memorizing phrases that propel us to keep pushing toward our goal. But then something else happens along the way? The creative gods tell us to do something else instead. […]

There is no formula

If you knew how your life would end up, would you want to know? Some of us want to skip to the finish line, fast-forward to the end of our own movie. Some of want to follow the herd and loop around the racetrack in predictable mediocrity because it feels safe. Others prefer to embrace […]

26 letters, 26 doubts

Do we really need a plan A or plan B when there are so many other letters left in the alphabet to try out? It doesn’t matter how many times it takes you. 26 letters, 26 doubts. From petty arguments to politics, do we really need to be right all the time? Rightness is a […]

Not so fast 💨

We consume, drop, and run, looking forward to the next piece of music, article, or person to date. We say we want to be successful, but we’re not willing to put in the work nor take responsibility for any hiccups along the way. We want everything yesterday without spending the time to chew on our […]