Less TV and More Books = More Interesting Life

 I used to be a prolific recreational reader. Two rounds of grad school zapped a bit of the joy out of reading. So, over the last couple of years I spent more time entertaining myself than I did educating myself. I watched a lot of sports, a lot of television and many movies. Sure, I…

Characteristics of People Who Love Their Work

I meet a lot of people who love what they do. It’s inspiring, motivating and encouraging to interact with them. In contrast to my earlier post on hated jobs(here), this group is a ever growing commonality as wild eyed start ups and divergent thinkers surface with regularity in our new economy. The tools of the…

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…

a trillion dollars

$1,308,193,507,715 does that number even make sense to you? yes, that’s one trillion three hundred billion, one hundred ninety three million, five hundred seven thousand seven hundred and fifteen dollars. it’s the total amount of student loans in the u.s. as of 9:33am eastern time on march 21, 2015. oh wait, it just went up.…

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…