October 16, 2019

More Humble or More Realistic?

It seems that the older I get the more I realize what I don’t know.
I’m not sure if I’m getting more humble as I get older or more realistic.

April 17, 2019

How To Get Better at Something

Do more of the thing.

Example: Become a writer by writing more.
Example 2: Get better at pullups by doing more pullups.

April 1, 2019

10 Minutes

It’s amazing how many things can be done in 10 minutes.
And if a thing can’t be done in 10 minutes then 10 minutes of focus and concentration can make a big dent in a lengthy task.
If you have something that you’ve been putting off, find 10 minutes and attack that put-off thing. You’ll most likely be amazed at what putting 10 minutes towards that task does – both to start hacking away at the thing and how your attitude towards that put-off task changes when you make some progress.
Set a timer.

March 29, 2019

When Being Sold

When someone wants to sell you something think about this:

Will it benefit THEM or benefit YOU?

Example: Leasing a Car
Benefit to THEM (Dealer) far outweighs the benefit to YOU (low payments).
Consider the negatives to You: mileage limits, penalties for wear and tear, bank fees, you’re locked in for the lease period, unknown interest %, you own nothing when the lease is over…

March 19, 2019

The Enemy of Paper and Books

Paper’s enemy is water.

Get paper wet and the ink runs and the page wrinkles.

A good way to ruin a book – especially a paperback book – is to get it wet.

March 12, 2019

How To Tell When The End Is Near

The end of a project or a plan or a business comes when hope is gone. When your enthusiasm runs out. When there’s nothing to look forward to.

If you’re trying to keep it alive, pour some hope on it.

March 7, 2019

Confidence Builder

How to build your confidence:

Defeat your fear by feeling the fear but doing it anyway.

March 5, 2019

The One Common Denominator for Success

You’ll see it on every talent related TV show.
Every contestant starts with a low level and gains more of it as they get more approval and feedback.
What is this one thing?
Grow your confidence and you’ll grow your success. Know that you can do it and do it well and it will show.
Be careful! Too much confidence and you’ll get a big head full of hubris.
Pepper your confidence with people who keep you grounded and you’re bound for success and happiness.

February 26, 2019

I Used to Think. Now I Really Think

I used to think that anything that was written down was true. In a newspaper, magazine article or book. I believed it all.

Now I question what an ‘instant expert’ writes. I’ve found errors, used my own knowledge to disprove what I’ve read, and have thought about what was left out to find the truth in an article.

It is too easy today to find a worldwide audience for whatever you want to write.

It is the reader’s job to ponder over what they read and if it fits with what they know is truth. And sometimes apply the topic to other areas of their knowledge.

It takes more thinking to do this.
And your life is more enriched.

February 25, 2019

Do You Know A Restaurant That Serves Love?

No, a restaurant can’t serve Love, but it can seem to serve love if it uses handwritten fonts on the menu…

Just read this story on Fast Company Design: https://www.fastcompany.com/90310920/why-every-restaurant-has-an-illegible-menu