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…

Grappling With Your Hopes And Fears

If you want to know more about yourself, your fears, and your ego, grapple. Grappling is a form of self-expression, under pressure and against resistance. As a person’s skills develop in any grappling art, his or her personality begins to come through in the way that he or she trains. This is especially true in…

A Creative Death is the Antidote for a Practical Life

New ideas are inherently impractical. We cannot change the world by doing what has already been done. Practicality is conforming to the status quo. It is not rocking the boat. It is following the well-worn path and not risking a detour that may lead to a dead end. It is low risk with low yield,…

Of Progress and Perfection

Strive for perfection, but settle for progress. Do not let yourself off the hook for your weaknesses and flaws, but do not be so hard on yourself when you fall off the path that it paralyzes you and prevents you from getting back on course. Be quick to admit your mistakes and adjust your bearing….