Amateur Hour – Love it

“The feeling of competence is often best engaged by working right at the edge of one’s abilities. The feeling that I did this myself and it’s good, often beats the feeling that Professionals did this for me and it’s perfect.” – Clay Shirky in Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age The summer…

Admitting I’m Lost

14 years ago I was hired as a backpacking guide at a summer camp in Colorado. When you’re hired as a backpacking guide there are two very simple expectations: keep everyone safe and know where you’re going. Good news. I had a flawless safety record. Bad news, I had subpar navigation skills. I got lost…

Motivation to Get Back in the Driver’s Seat

It was a few years ago when realized I wasn’t driving my own life in the direction I wanted. It felt like it was happening to me, sometimes for me and sometimes against, but I didn’t feel like I was in the driver’s seat. Looking back, I realize I made decisions, but didn’t own my…

10 Ways to Master Mediocrity

Are you finding success overwhelming? Reaching too many goals? Is your rapid ascension to self actualization just not your thing? Are you looking for less out of life? Something safer, more predictable? Well, you’re not alone. I too have become tired of success and have found being a better version of myself rather lacking. I’ve…

Going to bed with questions

Reading for a while before I hit the hay usually leads to a few questions rattling around my mind. Questions keep me up at night. Well, good questions do. Not necessarily existential questions of meaning, though those can make for some interesting thoughts and discussion. Rather, questions of possibility, questions of why and thoughts of…

just quit it: quitting toward extraordinary

it can be the greatest risk you ever take. quitting can go against everything you know, everything you’re told, everything you fear. your friends tell you how secure your job is, how right your relationship is, how great your house is. your parents told you never to quit a job before you’ve given it 2…

climbing slides: scrambling out of mediocrity

“settling is no fun. it’s a malignant habit, a slippery slope that takes you to mediocrity.” – seth godin in tribes settling is not any fun, but it is definitely easy. easy is good, right? doesn’t take much out of me. doesn’t cost much in the short term. college was easy for me. i didn’t…

getting uncomfortable

try something new. something that’s a stretch. this week i’m at my parents’ house. my dad got in a bike wreck and is nursing a pelvis injury. so, i’ve traded the office and spreadsheets to be an assistant care taker this week. nothing major, just helping him up and down steps, into the car, up…

mediocrity fatigue

“life’s too short to fight the forces of change. life’s too short to hate what you do all day. life’s way too short to make mediocre stuff. and almost everything that’s standard is now viewed as mediocre. is there a difference between average and mediocre? not so much. average stuff is taken for granted, not…