Tag: high school

Going the Extra Mile

There are certain trade-offs that I used to blindly accept. I accepted that it was always better to save time when I could, because I knew time is the most important asset in my life. Similarly, I lived the first 20 or so years of my life dead-set on saving money wherever possible. If there …

Binging for Good

Success often takes sustained effort. No matter how hard you try, you can’t get in shape in a week. It takes adherence to a healthy diet and a consistent exercise routine. If you try to do too much too soon, you’ll likely hurt yourself by exposing your body to more stress than it can handle …

Learning from the Opposite

Often we can only truly understand something once we see it from different perspectives. My high school football years were a great example. I spent years training to be a high school quarterback. I went to camps and constantly seemed to be working to better read defenses and make plays. But alas, I ultimately found …

Momento Mori – The Reminder that Keeps Me on Track

For the past few weeks, I’ve been carrying this coin in my pocket as a reminder. Not because I’m morbid, or because I like thinking about death. But rather because I want to make the most of the time I have while I’m alive. On the front of the coin there’s a skull, a tulip, and …

Life as a Song

I grew up under the impression that life was a journey. That I was on my way to some finish line, with clear checkpoints along the way. But over the past couple of years, this mindset has come into question. Just a few months ago, I wrote an article that I called Embracing the Journey. …

Thriving in the Chaos

As a Michigan alum, I hate Michigan State football. I can’t stand their coach, and I root against their alumni in the NFL. I feel dirty just thinking about wearing green and white. But there’s one aspect of Michigan State football than I have to admire. More than any other team that I’ve ever seen, …

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 …