Life Happens: Get over it

We've all been there, on either side of the spectrum. Life can be great or it can be a real struggle when all of a sudden things change rapidly. Again, this can either be in the direction of struggle or success. This recently happened to me in both directions and relatively back to back. Life [...]

But Why?

Excuses are like toilets, they all stink! That's a phrase used many times in boot camp by one of my drill instructors. Pain Is Weakness Leaving The Body It was typically used in conjunction with an unspecified amount of what is referred to as corrective training. Which included new phrases like "Beat your face!". It [...]

Alter Ego: Power up

It's always the same story. Something dramatic is taking place and there's someone or something in need of saving. Suddenly the hero appears after a wardrobe change or undertaking a transformation of some sort. Justice League But why? Why the alter ego? Why not just perform whatever task necessary without transformation? Obviously many of the [...]

The Greater Good: Shades of Grey

I recently had an interesting discussion regarding the lesser of two evils. The notion there is a greater good. This discussion came from a thought experiment called the "Trolly Problem". The idea of making a decision based on the greater good has a variety of implications. I'll illustrate a few of these gray matter decisions [...]

Step Back: Leap Forward

I recently had an interesting conversation with a friend and fellow creator, Paige Ellis. Not long ago she left a position for another job. This gave her the flexibility to pursue her passion even further than she already was. She's a talented singer, performer and model that's making moves to position herself for success. Criticism: [...]

Success: Money, freedom and fulfillment

The interesting thing about success is there are a number of definitions and they’re all subjective, but that doesn't mean they're incorrect. It’s not uncommon for people to reference the amount of money you’re making as a gauge for how successful you are.  However, in my experience, money is a secondary component of being successful. [...]

Life and Death In The Fast Lane

This one doesn't have any pictures. Use your mind. I believe it was sometime in 2008 or 2009. I hadn't anticipated watching someone die that day. Especially not someone many years younger than me. As if that matters. I certainly hadn't anticipated my military experience being the topic of brief, though relevant discussion. I had [...]

Ego: Becoming self aware

Everyone has an ego and some are more positive than others. Yet, having an ego isn't necessarily a bad thing. I could drop a Freudian bombshell and start talking about Id, Superego and Ego, but I'm not a psychologist. Neither am I a psychoanalyst or a professional behavioral detection specialist. I just happen to be [...]

Pavlov’s Dogs: Condition Your Mind

Many years ago, while in my undergrad, I remember learning about Pavlov's dogs in psych 101. I also remember learning about Schrödinger's cat, but that's for a different blog. I'm more of a dog person anyway, cats are divas and ain't nobody got time for that. Today I want to briefly discuss the potential we [...]

A World Unplugged: At odds with creativity?

I’ve recently started a short adventure that will last roughly two months. I jumped out of the sates and have landed in Thailand prior to an adventure through India. Something that has become an issue recently is the wifi in my building. It should be fixed in the next day or two, but it’s brought [...]