As a youth, my parents were always supportive of any endeavours my sister and I chose to chase. From art classes, boy or girl scouts, band, or tee-ball, my parents were there to help us follow our youth-filled passions. What sticks out in my mind is the response we’d get when we had an accomplishment…… Continue reading How to Handle Praise and Recognition
Criticism. What is it Good for?
I was recently on a car ride with my boss. As a decision-maker for the company, she tends to ask me for my opinion on matters that I feel are far above my pay grade, but that’s what makes her such a great leader. She treats everyone as equals and makes even the daily do-ers…… Continue reading Criticism. What is it Good for?
How to surround yourself with the best people possible.
I heard a quip from someone years ago long before I read about Commonplacing so, unfortunately, I cannot give them credit. I vaguely remember the context as I was complaining to an older and far wiser friend about friendship woes. I wasn’t sure what I should do about a certain friend in my life that was causing…… Continue reading How to surround yourself with the best people possible.
Learn to say “thank you,” it might be the only thing you can give.
This weekend I had the opportunity to partake in a Wim Hof Method workshop. It was intense. If you aren’t familiar with “The Ice-Man” and his method check out his website. Just the welcoming picture will give you an idea of what this man is all about. The workshop itself contained everything I expected: breathing exercises, explanations…… Continue reading Learn to say “thank you,” it might be the only thing you can give.
Do we eat cake now, or eat cake later?
One of the biggest struggles I have faced as a budding Stoic is trying to balance the philosophy of Stoicism with the theory of Hedonism. A gentleman I worked with that sat right next to me tested my stoic nature every day. He had the nickname “Big Chillin’” as he was known to cruise through…… Continue reading Do we eat cake now, or eat cake later?
Keep thinking about it, maybe something will happen.
While at work the other day I heard someone jokingly speak the old adage “do as I say, not as I do.” What a cop-out of a phrase. What an easy way to allow a person to espouse “wisdom” and knowledge without holding themselves to the same standards. Philosophers tend to have a bad reputation…… Continue reading Keep thinking about it, maybe something will happen.
They all know something you don’t.
One of the actions I gain the most pleasure from is introducing the people in my life to stoicism. Whether they’ve been peers, people I’ve led, managed, or have been lead or managed by, I always try to share the beauty of stoicism. One of the main tenets I’ve adopted to my personal philosophy I…… Continue reading They all know something you don’t.
How to express yourself.
I was at a baseball game yesterday enjoying the summer air and everything that it brings with it. Sun-kissed skin, the smell of popped corn, merriment, and the general buzz of chatter between friends and family. Towards the end of the game, while waiting for a firework show, music was playing throughout the stadium while…… Continue reading How to express yourself.
Talent is Overrated
While “Talent is Overrated” is the namesake of a book written by Geoff Colvin, it’s also a truth that, when looking to better yourself, must be accepted. Excuses are easy to find, but more importantly and even more dangerous, is that we’re willing to write off someone else’s hard work, dedication, and investment of time as…… Continue reading Talent is Overrated
You are going to die, I promise.
Growing up in a traditional Mexican home, I was presented with death at a very early age. Some might take this to mean I saw gruesome and vile things. In reality, I just went to a lot of funerals. Plenty of extended family members, plenty of older members of that extended family. A 4:00 AM…… Continue reading You are going to die, I promise.