The mineral Pyrite is an iron sulfide with a pale yellow hue and metallic luster that gives it the appearance of gold earning it the nickname “Fool’s Gold.” So while, on the surface, it has the appearance of value, in reality, it’s just another rock. I feel like life can present you with a lot of Fool’s Gold that looks really wonderful at first glance. But on further inspection, you realize you’ve been given a dud.Read More
When was the last time you asked for something that seemed like a long shot? When was the last time you put yourself out on a a limb? For a lot of people, the fear of hearing “no" can be enough to dissuade them from asking something too ridiculous. And for others, making ridiculous requests has become a habit.Read More
When Elon Musk was still in college, he decided that there were three industries that are of extreme importance in the survival of mankind: transportation, space and energy. If you know who Elon Musk is, you know that he is the CEO of Tesla Motors (an all-electric car company), CEO of Space X (a private space exploration company) and the Chairman of Solar City (a solar-energy company). He sunk all of his energy, resources and time into the three industries he knew would revolutionize the future and he now runs a billion-dollar company in each.Read More
I'm constantly blown away by the talented people that surround me in my city, my church, my creative community and my family. People who have a knack for words, dance or paint. People who have invested hours upon hours of time and energy into their craft, honing the rough edges and discovering the nuances that make all the difference.Read More
Creative people love dabbling in everything from design to painting and it can be difficult to let go of some pursuits in order to let others thrive. But if we don't learn to focus, we reduce our chance for substantial growth in the areas that we truly love.Read More
It's easy to get caught up in the minimalist lifestyle. The idea of removing the meaningless to make room for the meaningful makes plenty of sense. Before long, garbage bags line the edge of the road and the backseat of the car is loaded up with boxes for Goodwill. But as we finalize the details on our latest eBay auction we sit back and wonder, "now what?"Read More
I've long believed that passion begets mastery. Not the other way around. But as I've come to realize more about how social structures and the human mind work, I'm beginning to wonder if I have been wrong. Yesterday, I was listening to a podcast from Tim Ferriss featuring Kevin Kelly, I heard him explain it this way:
What you really want to do is master something and to use your mastery of something as a way to get to your passion. So if you start with just passion, it's sort of paralyzing because some people aren't lucky enough to know what they're passionate about.Read More
In running, I've learned, it's a mental game more than it is a physical one. Many people, despite what they convince themselves of, are in shape enough to run much further than they had in mind. Let's say, each evening, they set out to run 3 miles. A decent run to be sure. At the end of that third mile, they come in wheezing, legs cramping and head dizzy. In that moment they convince themselves that three miles is the outer stretches of their limits. They gave it all they had and still came back half-dead. However, put that person in a situation where they must run 10 miles and all of the sudden, the first three are just a warm up. It's the perspective that shapes their body's reaction to the physical limits.Read More
Stop living in the past, hung up on the time you spent crafting your life into something you didn't want to be. Revel in the possibilities that lie ahead, now that you know what you want to become.
The biggest adventure you can take is to risk the expected to reach for your dreams.
Doctor... listen to your heart.Read More
I rather hated geography in school.
Memorizing lists upon lists of countries (despite my love for lists) seemed a tedious and reward-less task. Why do I need to know where Slovakia is (no offense to any Slovakians reading this)? With no motivation to give me a swift kick in the rear, all I was left with was a map and a boring evening ahead.Read More
You put the last piece in its place and step back to admire your handiwork. As your eyes scan the image sprawled out before you, you see it. Just there, in the middle of the house tucked away in the forest near the waterwheel. A piece is missing. You know the feeling - when the puzzle is one piece short of perfect. It's irritating and imbalanced and you can't help but feel a twinge of disappointment.
Life, too, is irritating, imbalanced and brings its fair share of disappointment when a piece of it is missing. Zig Ziglar has his "Wheel of Life" and Donald Miller has his "How to live a good story". These individuals have analyzed life and each, in their own way, broken it down into parts we can grasp so the whole thing doesn't feel so overwhelming. While they each look at life through a unique lens, they all have one thing in common - living a balanced life. None of them recommend being all work no play. None of them recommend the opposite. Because no one likes to leave out a piece of a puzzle. It's incomplete. Broken.Read More