Thoughts

Attack, Always Attack!

Getting stuff done is a matter of attacking each day like it’s an obstacle course in a mud run. Because that’s pretty much what it is. You can attack your day any way you like, based on the way your brain is wired and your own personal style of getting stuff done. Today I’ll toss out for your …

Head of the line?

Rome was filled with a number of rituals and practices that seem baffling today. They had distinct hereditary classes. Only certain classes and ages and positions could wear certain color togas or capes. These distinctions of importance and blood trickled down as far as dinner parties, in which certain guests were given better positions on …

The Room to improve

Epictetus reminds us: “It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows.” He tells us that this is the “first task” of philosophy: to get rid of our preconceptions, to do away with the dogmas we have in our heads. Be humble. Be open to things you don’t know, or things …

Aren’t we lucky?

When you don’t have enough time to do everything you want to do in life: You have a good reason to cut out the less-important stuff in your life without feeling one bit guilty. Which forces you to think about what actually matters to you and what actually doesn’t. And leads you to make a conscious decision about how …

Our Finest Hour

Yesterday was the anniversary of the death of a real leader—one who was so conspicuously brave and who stood so steadfastly for freedom that he could be said to have saved the entire world. That man is Winston Churchill—and on January 24th, 1965 he died, having lived 90 years, a life which spanned the last …

Getting mad skillz

Imagine how much more effective you’d be a month from now if you learned a new skill in the next 30 days. Think that’s impossible? Of course it is, if you aim too high. But why aim too high? I’m not talking about becoming the world’s leading expert in a month. Not going to happen. I’m talking about …

Wealth as a teaching aide

In one of his essays, Seneca lists all the trappings of obscene wealth—a golden roof, purple clothes, marble floors. He describes the life of someone who has been blessed mightily by fate and fortune. They have imposing statues, the most brilliant art, teams of servants. They have country homes and fancy jewelry. What does having all these things …