If you feel uncomfortable, you’re probably doing something right

Seth Godin says that it's dangerous to be average, to appeal to the masses. You look just like everyone else. You're just another individual. This idea is conveyed in this TED talk. Platitudes that hold up: 1. A comfort zone is a beautiful place, but nothing ever grows there. 2. Fortune favors the bold. Authenticity … Continue reading If you feel uncomfortable, you’re probably doing something right

The artist and the professional

The professional tends to live according to a system. There is a method in place. When meeting people they follow the rules of the game. They follow their checklist, introducing themselves with a smile, shaking hands firmly with eye contact, trying to display a good attitude, and if they're smart, letting the other person talk … Continue reading The artist and the professional

Life is frequently a cycle of trust and betrayal

Harvey Dent in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Night says "You either die a hero or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain." This is unfortunately often true of life. Most human beings are complex and flawed. Most of us want to be good or at least to see ourselves as the person who … Continue reading Life is frequently a cycle of trust and betrayal

The power of positivity and a smile at Christmas

The last post I published, We don't care, was inherently negative. It is an unfortunate truth that as we get older it is easy to become embittered for a variety of reasons. Human beings are capable of terrible things. They can be selfish. They lie. They harm others without caring about their action's impact. However, … Continue reading The power of positivity and a smile at Christmas

Community: The foundation of culture

Smarter people than me, scholars and artists, have tried hard to capture the complexities of the human experience and show perennial truths about the state of Man. Unfortunately, the fact is that it’s probably impossible to do. There are so many diverse cultures in the world. People change greatly for an unlimited number of reasons, … Continue reading Community: The foundation of culture