Are You "Derelict" In Your Blogging Duties?

An abandoned theater room.

Controversy abounded when the new policy was passed in my high school. Previously, teachers were merely encouraged to volunteer their time to put on after school programs and activities to help students get better grades, to help athletes perform better in their sports, and so on. The teachers who decided to participate, many of whom had families to return to, gladly helped out because of their love for what they did and derived a sense of joy out of helping out. The students benefited. The teachers benefitted. It was win-win.

And then came the policy.

Don't Live Vicariously Through Others; Live Victoriously Through Yourself!

Watching TV recursively - flickr - Yann!s

A friendly recently asked me how I was doing I immediately and enthusiastically rattled off the following highlights:

  • My wife was about to return to college a second time to pursue her true passion and calling—music.
  • My brother was starting up his second leg of his 10+ month journey through Central and South America.
  • My friend Ben was about to take a bold first step in launching his new company to follow his dream.

Why Not?

When that little voice inside your head tries to convince you that it can’t be done, IMMEDIATELY challenge yourself by asking why not?

Everything man made on this planet, from the aptly named Great Wall of China down to the smallest nanotechnologies, were initiated from a single thought in a human mind.

You Can Always Find a Way Around the Roadblocks of Life

The upperclassmen could always count on at least one freshman vomiting into a trash can on the first, brutal day of our 6 week conditioning period. 3+ mile warm up runs, 30 minutes of calisthenics, and then a myriad of stair sprints, hurdle hops, medicine ball tosses, fartleks, continuos relays, etc. I must say, having been both an athlete and coach, that it was much more enjoyable to be watching than slugging through each and every day… finishing up in the sport medicine facilities with ice packs and vitamin I (Ibuprofen) to prepare for the next onslaught.

Things You Don't Need

You don't need a million dollars to feel rich.
You don't need a doctor's help to heal yourself.
You don't need an MBA to start a business.
You don't need a plan to start moving.
You don't need approval from someone else in order to accept yourself.
You don't need to know a person to change their life.
You don't need to check your email every 5 minutes.
You don't need to prove how clever you are.
You don't need to celebrity status to make a difference.
You don't need to be a model to be on youtube.

10 Seconds of Courage

iPhone stop watch

Fear is a bitch. It will incessantly create 1000’s of illusions and lies to try and convince you that you’ll fail, get hurt, be embarrassed, and suffer from an almost impossible combination of simultaneous pains for doing something as simple as asking for a job or posting something on the internet that is too controversial for your alleged friends. Buy into these lies and you’ll be paralyzed into inaction, contained in a prison of your own creation.

80/20 is Always Plenty (An Affirmation for Perfectionists)

80/20 is always plenty

Perfectionism has killed more goals and dreams than the most intimidating teachers, the most oppressive governments, and the worst economic conditions.

Perfectionism is that incessant voice in your head that has the audacity to nitpick and dwell on insignificant details contained within your most impressive creations.

Perfectionism is that sucking sound in your head trying to siphon away the meaning out of your 100+ victories while placing a magnifying glass over your one defeat. And finally, perfection

Not Everything Has to Be "Epic" in Order to Matter

Sometimes we get so worked up over making something perfect, unique, or special that we open the door for resistance, perfectionism, and self sabotage to come in and kill off an idea before it even gets birthed into this world.

But it doesn't have to be this way.

Sometimes a simple thank you and a hug is more important than the most extravagant present.

Sometimes a little encouragement is all that is needed to lift someone up enough for them to walk on their own two feet.

When Inspiration Strikes!

A girl excited to jump off of a diving board.

I almost quit.

Several months ago I had this amazingly bold, exciting, creative, “Oh my God this is going to change my life” idea just hit me. I finally discovered what I believed to be my life’s purpose! A euphoric sensation overwhelmed me as my mind raced for over 40 minutes thinking about this new insight. One idea led to another, and then a dozen, and then a fireworks display that was bursting and moving so quickly that there was no hope to capture each and every little streak of light.

Are You Unwilling to Start a Short Term Friendship?

The Scenario: You meet a person you really get along with. You share interests, laughs, world views, etc. You hang out a few times and start thinking that this person could be your soul mate or your BBF. But then you find out that they are moving 3 states away in 1 month. Bummer…

Question: Do you continue to develop the friendship knowing that it may come to a close in the very near future? Or do you cut your loses now, deciding that it’s not worth investing anymore time in the relationship?