Life & Philosophy Psychology

Cold water courage

The quickest way to get used to cold water is to dive right in. The slowest and more painful way to get used to cold water is to go in gradually, dipping in each body part until it warms up.

Most people take the gradual approach because they’re scared. As a result, they’re most likely to pull out of the water because it’s just too cold.

But the slower we go, the more likely we’re to quit. 

It takes a lot of courage to go all-in with a big bang. The first few seconds can be numbing. But the Marines have a saying: “Pain is weakness leaving the body.” The shivers can only last so long. 

It’s our job as humans to make leaps if we ever want to learn what it takes to push ahead. Start before we’re ready, they say, and figure it all out afterward.

We’re all born naked, fish out of water. But it takes bravery to go back in and discover what it’s all about.


The really important kind of freedom involves attention, and awareness, and discipline, and effort.

David Foster Wallace

Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can’t practice any other virtue consistently.

Maya Angelou

Still my other favorite.


People with depression tend to pursue generalised goals

Get specific about what you really want. Define it and do the work and learn from failure.



People prefer the easier option because it feels safer and it usually involves less work.

Email is an easy option that obviates the need to speak to someone directly.

In some cases, the easier route works better, is more practical, innovative and strategic. But if you want to get it done right, express an emotion, reiterate seriousness, and prevent backlash it’s always best to face the problem directly.

Why go half-ass if going all in (which is what we used to do anyway) produces a better result in the long-run?

No risk, no reward. Take traditional action (i.e. use your voice) when it’s needed most.