Mental Weakness Versus Mental Toughness (Jung)

S*** is hard. So, so hard.  The challenge behind the challenge is choosing “good” suffering over “bad” suffering.  Good suffering is the kind that gets you somewhere. It’s mental toughness.  Bad suffering is the kind that keeps you somewhere you don’t want to be. It’s (at times) a mental weakness or even illness.  Here’s how … Continue reading Mental Weakness Versus Mental Toughness (Jung)

Carl Jung On How To Properly Conduct Your Life

Here’s Carl Jung’s advice on the proper conduct of life: Your questions are unanswerable, because you want to know how to live. One lives as one can. There is no single, definite way… If that’s what you want, you had best join the Catholic Church, where they tell you what's what.  The way you make … Continue reading Carl Jung On How To Properly Conduct Your Life

Ego At Work – Public And Private

As the poet-philosopher Sturgill Simpson once said, “Woke up today and decided to kill my ego.” Leadership is a funny thing. Especially as an organization scales. It takes a healthy amount of ego to think you can do what others deem unthinkable. But if your only speed is full speed ahead, you can run into… … Continue reading Ego At Work – Public And Private

Fail > Learn > Persist (USMNT’s Matt Turner)

The first time any national media outlet ever talked about current USMNT goalie Matt Turner, they reported this: NCAA goalkeeper commits an all-time great howler I hope everyone this guy knows gives him a hug every day for the rest of his life. Matt Turner is a goalkeeper for Fairfield, who plays in the MAAC … Continue reading Fail > Learn > Persist (USMNT’s Matt Turner)

There Is No Teacher But The Enemy (Ender’s Lesson)

I finally got around to Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game (and so far, 4 other books in the series). This quote is as much life philosophy as it is science fiction (emphasis added),  There is no teacher but the enemy. No one but the enemy will tell you what the enemy is going to do. … Continue reading There Is No Teacher But The Enemy (Ender’s Lesson)

Status Symbols Don’t Work “UP”

Status symbols (titles, watches, cars, etc.) work to signal people “below you” in status. To the status-seeking person, these are the talismans of displaying achieved happiness.  But those same status symbols don’t work “up.”  The CEO is still patting the Vice President on the back and telling him, “Good job.” Who does the CEO want … Continue reading Status Symbols Don’t Work “UP”

Podcast Of The Week: Luke Burgis on The Knowledge Project

Luke Burgis was making a lot of money and miserable. We’ve all heard these stories.  “Successful person finds peace after getting rich and then philosophizing to the rest of us to seemingly prove their own happiness to themselves.”  Blech.  But Burgis isn’t doing that. This one hit me. Hard. Burgis isn’t just helping us step … Continue reading Podcast Of The Week: Luke Burgis on The Knowledge Project

Wanting: The Power Of Mimetic Desire In Everyday Life

Rene Girard says most of what we desire is imitated, not intrinsic.  We don’t want the successful career because we intrinsically value success.  We want the things (and life) some more successful, happier, wealthier, cooler, more attractive, better sleeping, rock star of a human has in their successful career.  The brilliance of Girard, and the … Continue reading Wanting: The Power Of Mimetic Desire In Everyday Life

Live As If You Have A Responsibility For What Other People Want

Ever read a book that sort of breaks your brain because it gives you a new model/way to see things? Where you know it somehow fits/overlaps with the current way you see things, but you can’t quite fit it into place? Like it’s a single flower in a field of flowers puzzle and now you’re … Continue reading Live As If You Have A Responsibility For What Other People Want