Support Requires Sharing

Even with the best ideas and the passion to back them up, we will make very little progress without support from others. None of us gets very far alone. We need others in order to do our best work. We do not necessarily need them for the work itself, but we need them to witness…

Moving Through Our Egos in Jiu-Jitsu

Life is expressed through motion and our jiu-jitsu should reflect that. In Brazilian jiu-jitsu, the best time to attack or sweep is when our opponent is moving to escape or pass and the best time to escape or pass is when our opponent is trying to attack or sweep. Movement creates opportunities. The goal of…

To Try Is To Know

A consensus tends to round off the the edges, but the edges are what cut through convention and lead to innovation. There is a fine line between brilliance and insanity, as the saying goes, between a great idea and a crazy one. The problem is that great ideas often sound crazy to the people around…

A Thousand Deaths by Hesitation

Waiting for perfection before taking action is just procrastination masked by a poor excuse and unrealistic expectations. Perfection may be an ideal, but it is unattainable. Waiting for perfection to manifest prior to doing the thing we know must be done or even simply doing the thing we know that want to do is really…

Courage to Act (Impractically)

Courage, by definition, is impractical (and practicality is not courageous). Doing what is safe and practical keeps us moving in the same direction, at the same speed. The problem with this strategy is that life is moving faster than whatever speed we feel is safe and practical. For this reason, instead of getting us ahead,…