It’s Not the Critic Who Counts

A few years ago I learned the hard way that life is a journey that doesn’t always trend in one direction (up). I came across a (rather famous) quote by Theodore Roosevelt that served to help me get past my failure at the time and move forward.

Going through these past few months, watching Candl fall apart and being helpless to stop it from happening, there were moments I just didn’t want to get up and face the day.


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The Washing Machine Effect

When you’re stuck, mix everything up. With everything in disarray your priorities and interests come to life.

For the past several weeks I’ve been in a washing machine of experiences. I’m walking away from probably the best possible career position I ever held in my life. I’m building a consulting practice from absolute zero. I plan to build a new product company to help refugees, yet I’ve never worked with refugees. It’s all pretty wild.

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We Haven’t Forgotten

Scene from “Wanderers” by Erik Wernquist.

We haven’t forgotten.

Through all of our technology, social structure, distraction, and comfort, it’s still there. It lies just past the safety and security of our happy little world that, while imperfect, is predictable and logical.
It’s just beyond the grasp of something we can’t quite reason in our mind. It’s there. And it’s always been there.

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This One Weird Trick…

Imagine you’re talking with a group of friends – maybe at the local pub or at a neighborhood event.  You’re having a great conversation about your family, or you’re telling them something about a product you just absolutely love using.

All of a sudden, another person comes up to the group and says “You’re not going to believe what I just saw this teenage girl just do!”  Everyone in the group stops talking and immediately pays attention to this person.  They are waiting with anticipation to hear what they say next. 

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How to Make Hard Decisions

Spoiler: You already know the decision

You already know what your decision is.  You just don’t know it consciously. Because decisions aren’t made in the part of the brain that helps explain WHY you made the decision.

Few things are more paralyzing than being faced with a decision you don’t want to make, or don’t know how to make.  It’s a situation where you really don’t know which direction to turn. 

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