Month: June 2017

Why “Be Yourself” Is Terrible Advice

You’ve probably been told to just “be yourself” or that “people should accept you for who you are.” If you believe either of those statements, I have bad news for you. That’s terrible advice.   Yes, you need to be true to yourself. You need to understand who you are, and you shouldn’t put on …

Discipline Equals Freedom

Discipline equals freedom. This is an idea that Jocko Willink lives by. Jocko is a former SEAL commander, and has a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Obviously, he knows a thing or two about discipline. But on the surface, the idea of discipline equals freedom doesn’t make any sense. Isn’t discipline the exact opposite of freedom? Almost by …

The Obstacle Is the Way

Michigan Basketball, Ulysses S. Grant, and Theodore Roosevelt – what do they have in common? It all comes down to an ancient Roman philosophy, and a quote by Marcus Aurelius, “The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way.” This quote is the inspiration for one of the most influential …

The Hidden Secret of Success

What are you doing to get better today? Whatever it is that you want to do, find some way to be better when you go to bed tonight than you were when you woke up. Do the same thing tomorrow. And the next day. And the next day. And the next day. …   That’s …