The Mouse And The Trap (A Jiu-Jitsu Lesson)

Do not chase your opponents into their game. The longer we practice jiu-jitsu, the more we develop our own uniquely personal technical-style, strategies, and tactics. While this is happening, however, our training partners are also working on improving and developing their own personal styles as well, their own games, so to speak. Like us, they,…

Detachment From Desire (On Problem Solving)

Attachment to a desired outcome blinds us to the actual problem in front of us and, therefore, also to its solution. In order to approach a problem objectively, intelligently, and decisively, we must first step back from it so that we can see it clearly, without the distractions of emotion or opinion. We must look…

Solutions Take Less Time Than Complaints

It takes longer to complain about something that it does to take action toward a solution. The thing about complaining is that it does not really begin or end at the complaint. It is a much longer process than that. Often, whatever feelings led up to the actual complaint have been festering for a while…

The Problem With Solving Problems

“The best businesses come from peoples’ bad personal experiences. If you just keep your eyes open, you’re going to find something that frustrates you and then you think, ‘Well, I can maybe do it better than it’s being done and there you have a business. if you can improve people‘s lives, you have a business.”…

Persisting Through Doubt

Radical ideas are unpopular at first and require from us an irrational degree of belief and an unreasonable amount of dedication. If we are going to do work that is creative, innovative, and meaningful, we must look past the opinions and preferences of the crowd. We must focus in on what they are missing, trusting…