One year ago, we received the agonizing phone call from our daughter, Maddie, that we wouldn’t be traveling to the University of Michigan that weekend. Gymnastics season was officially over. The last three meets of her senior season at Ball State had just been canceled.
Although we figured it was coming, the official word was difficult to hear. She was devastated, and so were we.
Many of you have similar stories. For almost everyone in the US, and previously or eventually the world, that weekend started the quarantine. Little did we know how long the effects would last.
“The difference between technology and slavery is that slaves are fully aware that they are not free.”
― Nassim Nicholas Taleb
One of my favorite scenes from the movie Up is when Carl and Russel first meet Dug, the talking dog. As Dug regales Carl and Russel with his magical greetings, he stops mid-sentence, spins his head sharply to the left, and shouts, “Squirrel!” Everything pauses for a few seconds, and then Dug spins his head back to Carl and resumes talking like nothing happened. Literally, like the pause never occurred.
Pay close attention the next time you’re at lunch…
No lie. I’ve made $5 over 10 months.
I’ve now earned an entire monthly subscription cost to Medium. I became a paid member ten months ago, and I’ve been publishing for 18 months.
Here is my lifetime earnings statement:
You want to be on the hook. We need you on the hook.
Only those on the hook make the difference, make a change, make an impact.
Many people shun the hook.
The World is full of people looking to avoid it or give it to someone else. They’re worried about the downside. The World sells downside.
When you’re on the hook, it…
111 rules! That seems like a bunch. When I first started this very intense project, I thought that I’d have to settle somewhere around 25. Could I find 25 actionable rules for a miserable life? I wasn’t sure. So I dug in, and before I knew it, I was at 111.
My fear was for naught because, as it turns out, it’s pretty easy to live a miserable life.
There is nothing scientific about this list — no peer-reviewed research, no expert opinions, no citations. It is 100% anecdotal and based on my observations alone.
100% truth here. You can't control external outcomes, you can only control what you do. What you do for a vocation, business, or hobby may not marry up to what the world thinks is valuable enough to make you externally "successful" (whatever your defintion of success is). Essentially that's just luck -- luck that what you are great at or care about matches what the world cares about.
Therefore, you have a choice: 1) bring your passion and love to your work and let go of the external outcomes, or 2) try to chase something that the world cares about.
You can find success with #2. People do it all the time, but there is no way to guarantee you'll have success. Whereas #1 provides you with a lock-down, stone-cold guarantee of success.
So let go of external outcomes and do your thing for the love of the craft. Love is not just the only sensible reason to chase a dream. It’s the fuel that will keep you practi…
Passion is too important to be without, but too fickle to be guided by. Which is why I’m more inclined to say, ‘Don’t follow your passion, but always bring it with you.’
— Mike Rowe, Dirty Jobs
“Follow your passion” is not lousy advice because no one should. It’s lousy advice because it can easily be used as an excuse not to take control, start doing something, and get good at it.
Are you bringing your passion to your work, or are you chasing it?
An internet search on passion vs purpose brings over 8,50,00,000 results. …
It wasn’t until I understood the difference between knowledge and learning that I finally got unstuck.
I have loved acquiring knowledge for my entire 50 years. I’ve always been naturally curious; read books; like museums, school, and trivia; and love to figure out how stuff works. My main work is software development and engineering.
What I’ve learned, however, is that all of the knowledge that I’ve acquired doesn’t necessarily help me accomplish anything. Maybe it helps during dinner conversation or at a cocktail party, but knowledge isn’t what helps you become successful.
Here I discuss the important difference between learning…
That’s right. At 50 years old, by learning more about marketing, I learned quite a bit about myself, and in some ways, I’m not at all who I thought I was.
I’m an engineer and software developer. I’m a logic-first guy and a rational thinker. I would not consider myself a follower of the crowd, nor easily influenced by messaging and other people. I’m not exactly a non-conformist, but I would definitely consider myself an independent thinker.
I recently went through Seth Godin’s Marketing Seminar, which gave me a chance to dig in and start to understand marketing…
Software Developer | Team Leader | Life-Curious | Beginner — Writing to try to figure out the stuff in my head