It’s an important question, but a hard one to ask. When you look at your work, your art, or whatever value you’re adding to the world, at some point, you have to ask yourself, “Would they miss me if was gone?” This isn’t a life or death hypothetical. “They” could be customers and “me” could be a product. But whether you’re entrepreneur, writer, or any type of worker, you … [Read more...] about Do You Matter Or Are You Being Tolerated? A Question For Creators
You’re two people, the scheming little bastard I saw so easily and the fine intelligent boy underneath that your grandfather, bless him, saw. But you’re coming of age soon and you’ll have to choose. A boy can be two, three, four potential people, but a man is only one. He murders the others. -The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz I went into a vintage clothing store and pulled … [Read more...] about When to Murder the Others
It’s interesting that when everything is going well in life—goals are being met, dreams are coming true, laughter is abundant—I rarely stop to consider what’s causing it. Rather than recognizing the habits leading me to happiness, I let my ego take the credit. I walk around on top of the world thinking, “This is just me. It’s who I am. This life thing is cake.” It … [Read more...] about 7 Habits For Being Absolutely Miserable
I hate giving advice. I know that may seem strange given that my blog is very personal development-esque and normally those sites are like the "here’s-some-advice-thunderdome." But when I offer advice I get too invested. If my advice works, there’s part of me that wants to say, “See! I told ya so.” Or, if the person doesn’t listen I get all, “Well, I tried to tell ya…” I … [Read more...] about Instead Of Giving Advice, Recommend These 14 Books
Leonard Cohen’s first album, Songs Of Leonard Cohen, turns 50 this year. The late, great Zen poet was a master of his craft and a man who never let his creativity stop moving. When I listen to his lyrics or read his words, I can’t help but think, “Man I wish I’d written that.” I can’t go back and steal his poetry, but I can use his philosophies for being creative. Cohen made … [Read more...] about 11 Laws of Creativity I Stole From Leonard Cohen
The opposite of play isn’t work, it’s depression -Brian Sutton-Smith Adults are just obsolete children. - Dr Seuss The other day, I beat my girlfriend, Ava at Gin Rummy 7 times in a row! Our tournament started a few months ago in the Galapagos Islands. Warm ocean water, friendly sea lions, and no WiFi (gasp!). So, when it’d get too hot, we’d find shade and … [Read more...] about Want To Be Less Obsolete? Go Play
As a music lover, I’ve always been drawn towards the darkness. Not the black-metal, hail-satan type of darkness, but anything that holds that unsettling urgency of angst or rebellion. I embraced the punk-rock mentality of Us vs Them from the get-go. My favorite albums were always the ones with the most menace. It was Zeppelin over The Beatles. Rawness over melody. It was that … [Read more...] about Is This What Music Sounds Like At 30?