Habits | Learning | Productivity | Writing

Process and Persistence

“Process saves us from the poverty of intentions.” – Elizabeth King (via Seth Godin & Tim Ferriss) “You begin with a subject, gather material, and work your way to structure from there. You pile up volumes of notes and then figure out what you are going to do with them, not the other way around.”…

Career | Culture | Learning | Personal Growth

Choosing the Path

“A lot of people don’t want to pick up the new skills that are necessary, or they don’t want to, for example, physically move, or they don’t want to disappoint the people in the relationships that they already have to make room for new relationships. So everybody wants to start where they are. Nobody wants…

Habits | Language | Lifestyle | Productivity

Keep it Simple

I quietly shelved plans to hike yesterday. Thunderstorms in the forecast, friends coming over, yard work to do… you know: excuses.  Instead I did projects and regretted not getting out there and hiking.  Lesson learned.  But the bulkhead looks better than it ever has with a fresh coat of paint and the lawn has been…

Lifestyle | Philosophy | Stoicism

On Seizing the Day

“Let us therefore set out whole-heartedly, leaving aside our many distractions and exert ourselves in this single purpose, before we realize too late the swift and unstoppable flight of time and are left behind. As each day arises, welcome it as the very best day of all, and make it your own possession. We must…

Culture | Learning | Lifestyle

The Great Repertoire

I’ve reached a point in my life where I don’t depend on the people in my life for happiness, I’m quite happy whether I’m with my family, spouse, best friend or favorite pet or alone.  Don’t misunderstand:  All of the dancers on the floor with me certainly enhance my life and my happiness in profound…

Personal Growth | Productivity | Writing

Sustained Attention

I was listening to a Tim Ferriss podcast interview of Ken Burns during a long drive to New York This morning, and pulled out some gems. I strongly recommend this interview if you’re a creative type, history buff or, well, human. Two quotes in particular jumped out at me: “All real meaning accrue[s] in duration……