The Milk Is Already On The Table

Jiu-Jitsu White Belt: “Professor, what should I do if somene has me belly-down in back mount, hooks in, with my arms trapped under my chest, and they begin applying a rear-naked choke?” Professor Pedro Sauer: “Tap and start over. The milk is already on the table.” The above quote is my best recollection of an…

Be The One Thing That Goes Right For Someone Today

There is no downside to doing good work with passion and enthusiasm. In my early 20’s, I did not make a lot of money and I did not need a lot of money. I had no credit card debt, no student loans, no mortgage, and no family to support. I made enough money as a…

Kaizen and Coffee: Bitter and Sweet

Give yourself a little bit of sweetness to take the edge off the bitter. One of the easiest ways to all but guarantee failure in an activity or endeavor is to approach it with an all of nothing attitude. Since most things worth doing are inherently difficult, we are bound to trip up and fall…

Resetting Travel to Experience

The beauty of coffee is not only in its ability to keep us going, but in its ability to slow us down. We visited Paris, France midway through what was proving to be, up until that point, a very fast-paced tour of Europe. We had seen parts of England, both the countryside and London, and…

One More Thing

If you don’t know what it’s for, you probably don’t need it. In my travels, I was in a coffee shop the other day getting an afternoon pick-me-up espresso. As I waited in line, I noticed that they had a rather enticing merchandise wall with all sorts of cool-looking coffee paraphernalia, branded clothing, and gadgets….