Tag: college

Micro Speed

Last week, I touched on the idea of macro patience. In the big picture, patience is the only way to go. Success takes time. But in the short term, there’s more to the equation. As GaryVee puts it, you need micro speed. Looking back to Chance the Rapper, I highlighted the fact that he was patient …

Macro Patience

Speed and patience. Somewhere at the intersection of these ideas lies the formula for sustained success. At first thought, speed and patience seem to be direct opposites. Being patient typically means that you aren’t moving very quickly. But the magic happens when you change your perspective, which is how Gary Veynerchuck looks at it. The …

Doing vs. Theorizing

There’s an interesting story in the book Art and Fear by David Bayles about an experiment that was conducted in a ceramics class. The ceramics teacher announced on opening day that he was dividing the class into two groups. All those on the left side of the studio, he said, would be graded solely on the quantity …

Habits

Few things in life are permanent. You can’t get ripped by going to the gym once, or by eating clean for a week. Putting in one day of work won’t make you significantly better at anything. In some ways, that makes things challenging. Almost everything meaningful in life comes through consistent progress. Feeling inspired and …

Finding Your Why

I had a shocking realization after I graduated from caollege. On paper, everything was great. I was working for an incredible company, and genuinely enjoying what I did. I also had some fun stuff going on in my personal life and was learning every day. Yet something was clearly missing. Back when I was in …

The Positive Side of Stress

One of my favorite Ted talks of all time is by Kelly McGonigal. She takes a unique view on stress, and it has completely changed the way I think under pressure. I grew up thinking that stress was evil. That it was something to avoid at all cost. And to some extent, that’s true. Chronic …

Taking Responsibility

During my senior year of high school, my basketball team lost two consecutive games in the final seconds. The worst part? When we reviewed the film, it was obvious that in both games I had missed an opportunity to make a defensive play that could have sealed the victory. I felt like I alone had …

When It’s Time to Perform

My high school track coach once said something that has really stuck with me. He was always a great guy – someone who I knew genuinely had my best interest in mind. And as someone whose primary passion was the football field (he was recently selected as the high school coach of the week), he …

This Too Shall Pass

A conversation I had with my parents just before my high school graduation has stuck with me. We reflected on my life until then – on all of the incredible things that had happened. We reminisced on all of the wonderful times I was leaving behind. After talking for awhile, my mom finally asked me …

Optimizing vs. Setting for Good Enough

Over the past few months, my approach to sleep has drastically changed. And through this process, I’ve learned something valuable. When I was going through high school and college, sleep was a non-negotiable for me. Since academic and athletic performance were my top priorities, I knew I had to treat my body right. While other …