Ray has been a good friend of mine for a while now. I've watched his academic career evolve from a somewhat quiet undergrad and grad student to an impeding PhD graduate. He is currently in his final stages of dissertation defense and I've had the pleasure of remaining a willful spectator along his journey. And … Continue reading Endure: How This One Word Moves Mountains
In an earlier post I spoke about the book Hatchet. One thing, among others, that stuck out to me was the character's evolution into becoming in-tune with his surroundings. Not to spoil things too much, once he discovers a few things that make his plight potentially a bit easier he begins to have feelings of … Continue reading How We Forget the World Around Us
I just finished reading Hatchet by Gary Paulsen. It's a fictional story about a boy who crash lands in the wild left to his own devices to survive. It's a great story of inner and outer resilience focusing on only two main characters: Brian (the boy) and nature. His very real plight is coupled with … Continue reading How I Jumped Back Into Reading Fiction (and the hidden benefit)
Finding an action figure in your car seat can make your day. I'll explain, but first pardon me for a little rant. The modern workforce has a fantasy problem. It churns out images of minimalist work spaces and home decor that highlight a coffee cup on a sparse table with maybe a simple lamp, black-framed … Continue reading The Cold and Lifeless Modern Fantasy Workforce
The state of current affairs is pretty intense, to put it mildly. Conversations, social media, politics, and the news are all intensely set on the new seemingly daily stresses of our everyday lives. It's the topics of choice that everyone talks about everywhere you go. It's near impossible to get away. In response, we become … Continue reading How the Push for More Negativity Has the Opposite Effect
I know what you're thinking, not another post about the evils of Facebook and other social media platforms. No it's not one of those. The negative effects of said social media is well documented as well as professed by many disciples of simpler living. So, my dilemma whether to keep or discard it is derived … Continue reading My Facebook Dilemma
Looking at numerous social media feeds, bookshelves, and podcasts you can't help but see a plethora of hustle culture, which I like to call hustle porn. Hustling, crushing it, killing it, or whatever cool and catchy phrase you want to use is prevalent throughout our present-day culture. Once reserved for sports or the military you're … Continue reading Are You Addicted to the Hustle?
In another post I talked about what's wrong with the self-improvement media industry and gave a rebuttal in the form of one word: action. Here I want to share a little about the cycle of self-help and how the real world can truly help us. A few days ago I came across a podcast excerpt … Continue reading Self-Help Media Versus the Real World
I just can't do it anymore. I quit! To say we are all inundated with media is an understatement. News, politics, current events, marketing, commercials, billboards, ads, and everyone you know talking about all those things all the time. I. Am. Done. A quick look back When I was a kid I remember sitting at … Continue reading Quitting the Game
I'm on LinkedIn and I'm sure you are too. There's some sort of unwritten rule that once you graduate college or are on the hunt for your next job that you need to be on it. It's a type of unsaid rule of life if you want to be seen by recruiters and view the … Continue reading Is LinkedIn Just Another Waste of Time?