Creating a Space for Others to be Great

“Despair = Suffering – Meaning” —Chip Conley Depression is rooted in the struggle to find and feel a sense of purpose and value in one’s life and in one’s self. It is not the absence of happiness, per se, but the absence of meaning in one’s sadness and in one’s suffering. Suffering without meaning leads…

Service is Empathy’s Purpose

As someone who has always struggled to find innate happiness, existential purpose, and a sense of belonging, the discovery of service to others as a path to each of these has been both eye-opening and life changing. As a young kid, I always felt like an outsider. I was bullied daily by older kids at…

Rank is a Symbol (Not a Right)

There is more to rank in martial arts than skill (and loyalty) alone. In martial art competition, rank is important as a means of establishing a level playing field. It is also important as a symbol of who is capable of teaching new students and to what degree. Aside from that, I have often thought…

Master One Thing To Master Oneself

“To know ten thousand things, know one well.” —Musashi Miyamoto, The Book of Five Rings It has been said many times and in many different ways that a person cannot serve two masters well. It is very difficult for our minds to hold two conflicting truths simultaneously. It is even harder still for our bodies…

Be The One Thing That Goes Right For Someone Today

There is no downside to doing good work with passion and enthusiasm. In my early 20’s, I did not make a lot of money and I did not need a lot of money. I had no credit card debt, no student loans, no mortgage, and no family to support. I made enough money as a…