A Little Bit Of (Measured) Progress Each Day

Progress does not have to be extreme, but it has to be consistent and it has to be observable. We all need to feel like we are making progress in our lives, like our lives have purpose and meaning. One way to accomplish this is to set measurable, achievable goals for each day. These goals…

Creating Change Requires Risk

Some ideas are worth pursuing and some are not, but there is no way to know the difference without trying. By definition, an idea cannot be great without its potential to create some kind of change. Change is a risky proposition because change requires movement and, in order for movement to occur, friction, resistance, and…

Wealth in Pennies

“Most people don’t realize that you can have a million dollars in pennies.” -Anonymous Several years ago, I was talking to a friend of mine who is also a business owner. He told me that it really bothered him to see how easy it was for people to discard pennies as if they were trash….

Passing Guard for the (Small) Win

If you want to get better at guard passing, get swept a lot. An essential skill in Brazilian jiu-jitsu (BJJ) is the ability to pass an opponent’s guard. That is, the ability to get past a downed opponent’s legs in order to attain a dominant position on his or her torso and from which to…

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…