One Problem at a Time, Sarge

The guy who said this should have died in a fiery explosion. In the book, Inside Delta Force, by Eric Haney, he describes a scene from the failed hostage rescue from Tehran in 1980. After the mission had been scuttled, the operators were waiting to fly back to allied territory when one of the large… Continue reading One Problem at a Time, Sarge

Discipline Equals Freedom: Field Manual

The other day, I referenced the line, “the shortcut is a lie”. This was taken from Jocko Willink’s book, Discpline Equals Freedom: Field Manual. For one thing, it’s a cool ass looking book. The silhouette of Jocko on the front cover is tactical as all hell. This book is one of the ones that helped… Continue reading Discipline Equals Freedom: Field Manual

4 Lessons Gardening Taught Me About Living Well

What if all you needed was the right mixture of water and sunshine to become the best possible version of yourself? Gardening quickly became a favorite pastime during Covid, but it’s reminded me of interesting parallels between the lives of plants and humans. Preparation and Details While there are few overall ingredients, there are many… Continue reading 4 Lessons Gardening Taught Me About Living Well

It Sucks to Suck. So I Got Better.

Last year I found myself at an unhealthy crossroads. I had turned 37. It had occurred to me that if I did not like this unhealthy condition I was in, it was on me to change it. Don’t like it? Get better. So being basic, I wrote down 37 goals. Some would be minor stretches.… Continue reading It Sucks to Suck. So I Got Better.

The Shortcut is a Lie

Inspiration and tagline credit to Jocko Willink. @jockowillink Even in today’s hypercompetitive world, the extra mile is a lonely road. It always has been. In the past, people lacked tools to put them on a competitive playing field. Today, people lack will, attention, and discipline. Because we are so conditioned to get our way. Quickly.… Continue reading The Shortcut is a Lie

Interlude of Gratitude

I recently spent the morning before work writing thank you cards. The holidays are long gone, my birthday was months ago, and my wedding was nearly a decade ago. WTF right?!? Even though I guess you could say I sent these thank you cards in return for gifts, these particular gifts weren’t given for any… Continue reading Interlude of Gratitude

The Only True Life Hack

Almost anything in the world can be broken down into smaller components. I get that every action and achievement is the sum of its parts. I get that. Forest for the trees, blah, blah, blah. When it comes down to it, some behaviors drive progress better, faster, smarter, and more efficiently. These are key behaviors,… Continue reading The Only True Life Hack

How Identifying My Core Values Saved Me Countless Hours

The most important step to getting what we want in life is the simplest. Decide what you want. By determining what is most important, we simplify the decision making in our life. Explicitly deciding what we want gives us a filter through which we can determine how we spend our time and energy, the two… Continue reading How Identifying My Core Values Saved Me Countless Hours

Don’t Like It? Get Better.

That phrase probably saved my life. A pithy comment from an irreverent television show about fantasy football saved my life. I don’t even like fantasy football that much. It struck me that if I did not like the situation I was in, it was incumbent on me to change it. And that left two choices;… Continue reading Don’t Like It? Get Better.

The Man in the Mirror

It’s not just a Michael Jackson song. It was a pivot point for me. A year ago this week, I had that uncomfortable look in the mirror. You might know the one, but I hope you don’t. It’s the one where you ask yourself how this happened. That day, I made an ultimatum with myself.… Continue reading The Man in the Mirror