people don’t really care about what you’re doing

…and that should be a totally liberating reality. Yesterday I wrote about developing a thick skin being essential to being an entrepreneur or creative professional. That only happens by creating “friction” by putting yourself out there. And, yes, some self-promotion. Self-promotion is a polarizing idea — some people really demonize the idea of self-promotion. And I think it comes from a …

developing a thick skin

It takes courage to share something with the world because some people won’t like it. Some people will reject it and some people will tell you it’s not very good. They may be right — it may not be very good, or it just may not be for them. In either case, it will sting and it will make you …

barking

When I got to college at Ohio State, I had no idea what I was going to major in, but I was pretty sure that I was going to be a comedian. The first club I tried to join was the improv group on campus, 8th Floor Improv. I immediately got cut from the audition process my first quarter, tried …

important but not urgent

The first time I understood the difference of something being important vs. urgent came from a piece from Seth Godin: You know you should be focusing on the long-term journey, on building out the facility, signing up new customers or finishing your dissertation. But instead, there’s a queue of urgent things, all justifiable, all requiring you and you alone to …

recalibrating

Yesterday morning I went to the gym with a friend of mine, named Jared. The dude is jacked, knows his stuff when it comes to fitness, and offered to help put some workout and nutritional plans together for me so I could fulfill my dream of looking like an action figure. We did more reps of various exercises yesterday morning …

look at the film

I started watching the Facebook original series “Tom vs. Time” about Tom Brady and the way he prepares mentally and physically for the game of football at his age (40). I had high hopes for the show, but it fell pretty flat for me (so I’m not even going to link it!). But what it did bring to mind is …

are you suffering from myopia?

No, I’m not a doctor, and I’m not here to talk about your vision being nearsighted. During an Unreal group call last night, a member on the hot seat was talking about his business and mentioned a problem that I think is super common. He was talking about a trap he, and I, often fall into — which is being …

what if it didn’t happen to you

Bad (undesired) things happen all the time. At least we think they are bad, because we are putting them in the context of some other outcome that we want. But, as this Chinese proverb about luck points out, everything ends the same way (we die). Whether or not a specific event or circumstance is good or bad totally depends on …

behind the scenes: interview with TropicalMBA

As I’ve shared before, I’m a huge believer in access (to people, places, things) being easier than we often think. (Here’s an older piece on that). But generally, I think we put things on a pedestal and negative self-talk our way into not making an effort towards obtaining things we want all the time. You may have noticed that in …

talking to myself

Over the past year, I’ve been given the opportunity to speak at different meetups and events, and I noticed something about the Q&A portion that surprised me. Every time I finished the presentation and move to audience questions, I would be both surprised and impressed by my own answers. That sounds a little arrogant, so let me unpack that a …