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The girl with one eye

Once upon a beach, a girl with one eye said something about pain that still rings in my ears today. She’d been flung off a speeding motorcycle and had faceplanted a tree stump. It was a miracle she’d survived. The impact took out half her skull, and I could still feel the steel plates in […]

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Everything is change

It’s human nature to look for meaning in the world; to attach labels and think up laws to make sense of the chaos. But there is only one True Constant in the Universe: everything changes. All empires eventually falter. Our things break and need replacing. Fashions cycle, meanings shift, and one way or another, every […]

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There’s no such thing as ready

Hugh Laurie is an interesting chap with an expressive face and an impressive career. If you’ve been struggling to get started on your goals this year, he said something that might help you out: “It’s a terrible thing, I think, in life to wait until you’re ready. I have this feeling now that, actually, no […]

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Find something you love to hate

I don’t want anchovies on my pizza, but I don’t hate them. I don’t care enough about anchovies to hate them. We have to love something or be scared of losing something we love to hate anything. I often hate writing. I hate the thought that I’m going to dedicate my life to doing it, […]

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Music is magic

Words are great, but music is the best thing we’ve ever made. Hands-down. It took me a long time to realize what a powerful tool it is. We’re the only animal that responds to music at a physical level. It’s so powerful that it can even relieve the symptoms of neurological diseases like Alzheimer’s and […]

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3 simple rules for success

There’s lots of advice out there these days, so it’s tough to hear the wisdom in the noise. But sometimes, you hear something that rings so loudly with Truth that it’s hard to ignore. Whether they’re his or not doesn’t matter, because when the compelling Chris Voss uttered his ‘three truths of life’ they hit […]

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Another step forward

Let me be the first to say: fuck you 2020. But also, thanks for your help.  It’s stupid to think that it’s taken about five years to get to the starting line. Five years of trying to make it make sense and failing and starting again and failing; and giving up, and starting again and failing, […]

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It’s not your fault

This last year was a mad one, it’s true. At times, things seemed closer to breaking than when we nearly nuked ourselves into oblivion, and the next few years will be a real mess too. But it’s not your fault the world is like this. It’s not really anybody’s fault. Our world has such astounding […]

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Be careful who you cuddle

Some words that transformed my life came from Jim Rohn: “You’re the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” If you’ve spent time with other humans, you’ve probably noticed that they tend to ‘rub off.’ Maybe it’s a facial expression or how they speak. We think it’s funny or cool, so […]

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There is no finish line

A few years back, I surprised myself by getting into running and discovered something strange. There’s a race for masochists down in Tennessee called ‘Big Dog’s Outdoor Ultra.’ It’s a four-mile loop that you run until everyone else drops out. This year , Courtney Dauwalter, ran 283 miles in just under 72 hours, non-stop. Running […]