Ideas Exist (With or Without Support)

If you have an idea and it gets shot down by those around you, you may not have supporters, but you still have an idea. The world is waiting for us to improve it, but there will always be resistance to change. When an idea is new, different, or disruptive, support is especially difficult to…

Become Your Meaning

The good days may not outnumber the bad, but no one said that they would. Some of us struggle, with happiness always seeming just out of reach. The ever-driving search for meaning pushing us just beyond the place of contentment others seem to settle into effortlessly. Uneasy and anxious, we claw our way through the…

The Voices of Doubt

If people who were not by your side when you started down your path are pointing you away from your path, perhaps the path is not the problem. Not everyone has our best interest at heart and those who don’t may not even know it. The fact is that most of us are so blinded…

Survival is Underrated

“There’s a lot to be said for surviving.” —Anonymous In my early 20’s, I was going through a rough patch. I had moved to a new town to start a new life. A high school dropout with no goals or aspirations, I was awkward, antisocial, and broke. In spite of my better judgement, I got…

Start By Not Losing

“If they can’t submit you, they will start to respect you.” —Anonymous For a long time, I was one of the only white belts at a Brazilian jiu-jitsu (BJJ) school full of blue, purple, and brown belts, as well as the black belt who owned the school. Every roll was hard and I was getting…