A Year Unlike Any Other (Or Was It?)

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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.


A Simple Fix To Take Control of Your Time and Boost Your Productivity

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“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.


My Step-by-Step Procedure That Anyone (Even You) Can Follow

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No lie. I’ve made $5 over 10 months.


Being The Change You Wish to See

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You want to be on the hook. We need you on the hook.

The Peril of Being on the Hook

Many people shun the hook.


Here’s How To Have a Trainwreck of a Life Without Substance Abuse

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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.

  1. Watch the news.
  2. Read the…

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.


The usefulness of a gimmick. If your nose is in the air, a gimmick is never for you. If you’re a hustler, a gimmick is always for you.


Passion in Your Work is a Choice, Not a Calling

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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

Mike’s right.

Passion is Not the Same As Purpose

An internet search on passion vs purpose brings over 8,50,00,000 results. …


And Why Learning Is What You Need

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It wasn’t until I understood the difference between knowledge and learning that I finally got unstuck.


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And More Importantly What They Taught Me About Myself

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.

John Macdonald

Software Developer | Team Leader | Life-Curious | Beginner — Writing to try to figure out the stuff in my head

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