Some More Unsolicited Advice

Take advantage of every moment. Do not waste a second. Even if doing nothing, do it intentionally, consciously, and deliberately. Busyness without focus is procrastination. Make a plan. Make a decision. Take action. Mistakes will be made. Try anyway. Failure is inevitable. Failure is a teacher. Learn to pivot. Make a new path. Make your…

Turn Toward Trouble (A Jiu-Jitsu Lesson)

Our only hope for overcoming our troubles is to turn toward them. One of the most valuable lessons we learn, as we practice jiu-jitsu, is that our troubles do not go away when we turn our backs on them. In fact, the more we train, the more we discover that, by turning away from our…

The Difficult Thing Is For Something

Do the difficult thing first, but do not stop there. As children, we want to have fun. We want to play. We want to do what is easy, what feels good, and what makes us feel free. We want what we want immediately, with no compromise, and we want to be able to change our…

Take The Trip (Some Unsolicited Advice)

Take the trip. Try new things. Do not wait. Life changes quickly. Tomorrow is promised to no one. Be brave. Take a chance. Fear is an excuse. Busy is an excuse. Conformity is cowardice. Procrastination is cowardice. Embrace whimsy. Chase your dreams. Every moment matters. Nothing is insignificant. Your muse will not find you. You…

From Specifics To Fundamentals

As parents, teachers, leaders, or mentors, one of our most important and powerful tools we have at our disposal is the object lesson. If we are able to point to and extract from a specific incident, a lesson or principle that applies to a variety of situations or circumstances, and if we are able to…