Every man dies. Not every man really lives.
I’ve always liked this quote and have used it many times without actually knowing its origin (a little embarrassing, I know). But I found out the other day that it was originally spoken by a man that I view as a real-life superhero: William Wallace. Which makes me like it even more.
We’re all faced with many fears in life, and standing up for what you believe in is often difficult. The Wallace overcame these challenges and although he eventually died for what he believed, I don’t think he would have taken back the decisions that he made.
Original Post date: 05 November 2015
I don’t like web development that much, and don’t want to do it anymore.
I’ve spent probably the last seven or eight years telling myself that it would be cool to be a web designer. Or if I got really good at it, I could get into development and create online software that would help people do X,Y, and Z. I’ve worked freelance a little, tried joining a startup run by one of my best friends (nearly wrecking our relationship in the process), and have taken on a project in my “fringe time” at work.
Every time I fall into the same pattern. The project sounds cool at the beginning, and then I get to the point where I don’t even want to turn on my computer to avoid looking at the thing.
Original Post date: 14 September 2015
“Most of us have two lives. The life we live, and the unlived life within us. Between the two stands Resistance.”
This morning I opened up my email to see this quote, from one of my favorite books, sitting in my inbox. The book is The War of Art by Steven Pressfield, and it’s on the list of top five books that I recommend to people, especially for artists as you may tell from the title.
The email was from the Five Minute Journal mailing list. I like the 5MJ and I’m sure I’ll talk about it more in later posts, but that email got me rethinking all the lessons that I’d learned and forgotten from The War of Art.
The Resistance can be such a strong force, whether it be in the form of procrastination, excuses, or laziness. But alongside the Resistance, fueling it with vicious high octane gasoline is our momentum.
What I mean is all the inertia built up from past decisions and events in our lives that have lead us to the place where we currently are.
Original post date: June 10, 2015
“In the most dysfunctional organizations, signaling that work is being done becomes a better strategy for career advancement than actually doing work (if this describes your company, you should quit now).”
~ Peter Thiel from Zero to One
Today I took some time to step back from my ‘work’ at the office in order to map out some of the thoughts bouncing around in my head. I look really busy right now, typing away on my computer. I looked busy scribbling my idea map in my notebook. We have an open office (meaning no cubicles or walls) at both of the offices I work at so I get to see a lot of my coworkers in action. When I think about it, this quote from Peter Thiel describes my current work environment exactly.
I’ve know this for a while, and if I was single and didn’t have any kids, I know what I’d do… but since it would be irresponsible to pull the rip cord in such an abrupt manner, my exit must be planned with the utmost care. But it will be an exit non-the-less.