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Justifying My Defensive Position

August 26th, 2016

Maybe I’m just a naturally defensive person. Maybe I value the validation of others a little too much. Maybe I’m drawn to lifestyle choices that call for a little more justification than the more commonly taken paths. I’m not sure. Whatever the case may be, I oftentimes find myself in a position where I feel […]

Sunday Snippet: Daigo Umehara

August 21st, 2016

“Above all else, the main point I want to make is that I don’t just want to win. I want to keep winning, to stay on top of my game. While seemingly similar, I want to show you that these are highly different goals, to the point where they can be at odds with one […]

Sunday Snippet: Jesse Itzler

August 14th, 2016

“He showed me, proved to me right there, that there was so much more, we’re all capable of so much more than we think we are.” The quoted statistics on the matter can vary considerably, but it is generally assumed to be true that the majority of new businesses will fail within the first few […]

Sunday Snippet: Eddie Huang

July 31st, 2016

“I loved the city when I was walking, but then you see people running and you put your Air Maxes on, too. You start running, you get thirsty, and then you start chasing. You might get what you want, but it’s a blur, because you can’t stop running. You forget what you were chasing in […]

What I Learned Painting a Ford Fusion

July 22nd, 2016

It wasn’t exactly one of those Jack and Rose “I want you to draw me like one of your French girls” kind of moments. We weren’t on a doomed boat in the middle of the ocean and Celine Dion wasn’t providing the soundtrack to our adventures. Instead, a group of journalists were gathered in the […]

Sunday Snippet: Lord Byron (1788-1824)

July 17th, 2016

“Sorrow is knowledge, those that know the most must mourn the deepest, the tree of knowledge is not the tree of life.” My mom once told me that in every relationship, one partner is always more emotionally invested than the other. The size of the differential may vary, but it always exists. This means that […]

The Problem Isn’t a Lack of Time

July 15th, 2016

Most of us complain (some more than others) about having a lack of time. We have all these things we want to do and not enough time to do them. We juggle our responsibilities at work with our responsibilities at home, all while trying to scrape enough time to pursue the hobbies and interests that […]

Recognition, Validation and a Feeling of Importance

July 12th, 2016

I don’t remember exactly where I first heard this story and I’ve likely shared it on this blog before, but it’s worth mentioning again. A man can be seen walking around a shopping complex with a parking stub in his hands and a confused or troubled look on his face. The attendant at the information […]