Forty-Nine

49 In order to win you have to know where you’re weak. Honest self-appraisal is the beginning of genuine progress and success. If you can’t tell yourself the truth, and make legitimate strides to improve where necessary, you’ll never be fully believable to anyone else. Without this authenticity and sincerity, success will elude you. Own […]

Forty-Eight

48 Is healthy skepticism a good thing? Meaning: Are there practical benefits derived from critically thinking about life stuff? By critical, I don’t mean negative. I mean thorough, questioning, and evidence-based inquiry. In the past I questioned if this was a good thing. In the past, I’d drank some of the kool-aid that suggested that […]

Forty-Seven

47 Narcissism vs. nobility? I’ve often struggled with the dichotomy of producing quality “work” – and the need to display that work publicly. I worry about the inherent narcissism that exists when one says ‘hey, look at me and my stuff, ain’t it great?’ It just seems so shallow, and self-serving sometimes. And perhaps it […]

Forty-Six

46 “I’m sort of a spy.” This is how a recently discovered, but now-deceased nanny-turned-street-photographer described herself in a new documentary about her life. I loved this statement for the spirit and the sentiment behind it. It hit home for me. Like a lot of young boys coming-of-age in the heyday of the James Bond boom, I’d […]

Forty-Five

45 Are you truly considerate of others feelings? Or do you just tell yourself you are to protect your own? To really care about another’s feelings, you sometimes have to sacrifice your own. You have to abandon your personal impulses toward selfishness and self-satisfaction in favor of selflessness. Altruism is the opposite of the apathy […]

Forty-Four

44 Drowning in the details? Encumbered by the unimportant? Tormented by tedium? Getting nickeled and dimed to death? Everyone’s been there. These are the times when you get so immersed in the trivial that you lose sight of the bigger picture. These are tricky times. These are dangerous times. The danger is the loss of […]

Forty-Three

43 The pursuit of original ideas is a noble one. I welcome coming up with clever new ways of doing things well. It’s serendipitious to uncover and discover novel ideas that spark imagination and encourage excellence. But sometimes, the tried-and-true is the best idea. There’s a tendency at times to over-complicate and avoid simplicity. In […]

Forty-Two

42 The concept of “dream-stealing” is one I’ve written and talked about quite a bit over the years. I don’t have too many of these folks in my life (anymore), but more will crop up, they always do. I’ve made conscious decisions to distance myself from dream-stealers past and present. These are the people that sucked more […]

Forty-One

41 Be the Best at What You Do the Best It’s hard to fake sincerity and genuineness of soul. When people really love something, or love to do something, it shows. It’s unmistakable. You can feel it and you can see it. It’s infectious as well as inspiring. I love watching people who love doing […]

Forty

40 In addition to writing and speaking professionally, I’ve been working as a professional photographer for several years now. I love the centeredness and serenity that photography has unexpectedly provided me over the years. But, my photography is evolving. Not because I want it to necessarily, but because it has to, and it should. I get weary […]