What is your definition of success? Is it followers? Likes? Salary increases? Bonuses? Is it moments you felt proud? It is finishing something? Is it starting something? Is it times your children inspired you? Is it the ability to travel? Is it buying your own home? Is it selling your life story?
The definition is different for all of us. The one thing that matters is that it’s something that doesn’t disappoint us once attained. Continue reading
They said he was a has-been. Washed up. Never to rise again. I remember the first time he won the Masters. It was 1997 and I won the office pool in a three-way-tie with two other girls because all the office golf experts had written Tiger Woods off, but he was our pick to win.
Yesterday he won the Tour Championship 21 years after that first Masters win and five years after his last professional victory. Continue reading
I saw an anonymous meme the other day that said, “If people don’t occasionally walk away from you shaking their heads, you’re doing something wrong.”
We should all be doing something outside the box. Blazing a trail rather than walking a well-worn path.
If you spend too much time doing what the experts recommend or what society says then you can’t make a breakthrough. Continue reading
I saw a video the other day with Seth Godin talking about the myth of Daedalus and Icarus. Daedalus, the father, and Icarus, the son, were on an island. Daedalus was a craftsman and he told Icarus that he had made him wings out of bird feathers and wax and that he was to listen to his father and they would fly away from the island. He told Icarus not to fly too high as the sun’s heat would melt the wax and the wings would fall apart and he would die. Icarus did die in the flight, but Seth Godin reminds us that the myth had another part to it that was cut out many years ago. Daedalus also told Icarus not to fly too low because then the mist and waves from the ocean would weigh down his wings and he would surely perish. Continue reading
The amygdala is a tiny part of our brain that has been wired for thousands of years for one thing. To keep us alive. Many years ago, if a human was hunting in the forest and heard a twig snap, they would run for fear of being attacked by a wild animal. That’s a signal from the amygdala and it was necessary at the time. Fight or flight.
If that signal was not there, death could ensue. Continue reading
We are so busy making to-do lists but have we ever thought about making a to-don’t list?
What if we wrote down all the things we will not do today? Continue reading
“It’s a road trip that we never finished,” said Humboldt Broncos player and crash survivor Brayden Camrud. But tonight they will do just that.
And the sold-out, small town hockey game in an 1800-seat arena will be broadcast live across the nation. Continue reading
I heard an audio essay by Tim Ferriss last week called the Choice-Minimal Lifestyle and it really stirred up my thoughts. He spoke about how money is renewable while time and attention are non-renewable resources. You can’t get them back once the moment is gone. Continue reading
I recently heard about the Ben Franklin effect and it is fascinating. When Ben Franklin was a politician in the 18th century, there was a rival politician who wouldn’t give him the time of day. Ben heard that the man had a collection of books and that one of those books was very rare. It was a prized possession. So Ben wrote him a note and asked if he could borrow the rare book. The rival sent it immediately, Ben let the book sit on his shelf for a week and then returned it with a thank you note. The next time he saw his rival in the legislature, the man spoke to him for the first time and they remained friends from that day forward. Continue reading
Leonardo da Vinci, painter of the Mona Lisa and discoverer in the fields of hydrodynamics, anatomy, engineering and astronomy among others, said, “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”
Less is more. Continue reading