Watershed

There’s nothing glamorous or appealing about a “starving artist.” Perhaps it’s attractive at some point; short-term, but never really appealing, long-term. No one truly enjoys going without; struggling; just getting by; barely making it. Only on television and in movies is this portrayed as desirable. These story lines and scripts are written by folks who […]

Willing AND Able?

… “Are you willing and able?” It’s usually posed as a single question, when in fact, there are two very distinct things at play here. Willingness and ability are not the same thing of course, though we’re often led to believe they should be. Just because you can doesn’t mean you should. And just because […]

The “Common Sense” Defense

Sooooo often… sooooo unbelievably often… I hear some variation of the following statement while out training, teaching, or speaking: “I already ‘know’ all of this stuff; it’s all just ‘common sense‘…” Really? Give me a break… It’s a BIG, ballsy statement if you really think about it. Someone is basically saying: “There’s nothing you have to offer […]

Calling On You

What happened: Minding my own business, after business hours, browsing (and usually buying) at the local Barnes & Noble on a Tuesday night… My PERSONAL cell phone rings, but I don’t recognize the number, so I let it go to voice mail. The message is the third time a certain individual from a certain organization […]

Know-It-All’s

A healthy rant is required for me to keep my sanity to tolerate the incessant amount of fucking know-it-all assholes I seem to encounter semi-regularly. No, I’m definitely NOT one of these arrogant, puffed-up, chest-beating, blow-hards. Why? Because, I CAN be wrong. I CAN make mistakes. I CAN admit that. I CAN take feedback from others. […]

Taking Sides

It’s refreshing to hear from people who are more positive than negative.  Who are more “can do” than “cannot” focused. Who are more solution-seeking rather than problem-perpetuating. It’s encouraging to see those who are more upbeat rather than downtrodden. Those who embrace learning and growing more than stagnating and complaining. Those who step-up and step […]

Free for All’in

Oh how I love the days right before, and/or right after any quasi-big social or cultural happening occurs: i.e. political elections, high-profile trials, celebrity deaths, or significant sporting events for example. It’s during these times that many seemingly hidden geniuses come out in droves to tout their extreme education and vast acumen as expert political […]

Under A Rock?

For those who “put it out there;” those who contribute to the world, not just consume; those who have the nuts to take risks; those who refuse to live under a fucking rock their whole life… here’s some great advice from a smart guy I’ve been following for years now, David Hooper of the Red Podcast: Elbert Hubbard […]