Do You Believe in Perfection? [Part Two]

This is part two of a post on Perfection. Missed part one? I’ll let it slide, this time. You can find part one here. In part one, I talked about how the words of others can change our expectations and goals. Compliments like “awesome” and “genius” have become overused pleasantries. Few of us take them seriously. Perfection is different. We internalize perfection. The expectation of perfection festers within us and disrupts our flow. When we are
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Do you believe in perfection?

Do You Believe in Perfection? [Part One]

This is part one of a four part series on the menace we call perfection. Perfection is a loaded term. Much like its cousins genius and awesome, perfection is casually tossed around in everyday conversation. There is a difference though. Generally we believe that people don’t develop into geniuses. Most of us don’t expect to ever be considered a genius because it has effectively been out of our control since birth. Still, the term is used
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I'm afraid you have a lifestyle business

I’m Afraid You Have a Lifestyle Business

It was a monster house. I could have used a golf cart to get me from my car to his front door. It was intimidating. If my startup took off leading to a big exit would I live in a place like this? The thought came and went but my mind was to busy refining the pitch. It felt like my last opportunity for success. After enduring a year of gut-churning highs and lows, I
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Vince Vaughn, Julian Edelman, and the Recognition of the Infinite Possibilities of Emptiness [Part One]

It’s a warm spring day in Austin. I’ve got to the top off the new Jeep. I’m wearing a hat to protect my head from the Texas sun. In the last year, my receding hairline has gone from orderly retreat, to running away from a burning building with its ass on fire. As my rolling mid-life crisis pulls up to a stop light, I’ve got some Dylan playing. It’s kind of loud. Loud enough to
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Money as a Story

This post also appeared on The Good Men Project I realize this likely isn’t news to you, but Seth Godin is just a remarkable guy. After listening to Godin on Tim Feriss’ podcast, I grabbed his audiobook Leap First. It’s actually not a book, but a talk he gives to a very small group. Godin’s magic is his ability to be both unassuming and inspiring. His delivery is slow, easy, and measured. He settles you in,
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What Interstellar taught me about being a father

What Interstellar Taught Me About Being a Father

What is missing from the future you imagine? I don’t consider myself a fan of Matthew McConaughey. Maybe I’m a bit insecure of men who are far more rich and handsome than me and want no part of making them richer. It’s possible. Given my aversion to McConaughey, it came as a surprise when I was sucked into the trailer for Interstellar. The movie didn’t disappoint on the big screen; close calls with black holes,
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