Animus is Latin For Spirit, Mind, Courage


There’s a word I recently learned and it’s called, “Animus.” Animus is Latin for spirit, mind, courage. When I think of Animus, I think of the ancient Romans, Spartans and Greeks. I think of these civilizations not just because the word is Latin, but because it was a time in human history when people extolled […]

A Piece of Paper Can Change Your Life


“Your life is your story. Write well. Edit often.” ― Susan Statham I’m going to ask you to do something at the end of this piece. It’s going to be simple to do, cost you nothing other than a second of your time, and still most of you won’t do it. Each one of us […]

Do You Have Grit?


“If people knew how hard I had to work to gain my mastery, it would not seem so wonderful at all.”  ―Michelangelo  I’ve learned a lot about people over the years as a small business owner. The number one thing that I have observed is this: Most people don’t have grit when it comes to […]

Life Should Be Fun And If It Isn’t, Change It Until It Is


“As soon as something stops being fun, I think it’s time to move on. Life is too short to be unhappy. Waking up stressed and miserable is not a good way to live.” ― Richard Branson, Screw It, Let’s Do It: Lessons In Life Why don’t more people live this way? I think it’s because […]

Why You Need Bad In Your Life


“There is neither happiness nor misery in the world; there is only the comparison of one state with another, nothing more. He who has felt the deepest grief is best able to experience supreme happiness. We must have felt what it is to die, Morrel, that we may appreciate the enjoyments of life. ― Alexandre […]

Make Today Worth Remembering


“Make today worth remembering.”  ―Zig Ziglar I wonder what the world would be like if every person lived by this quote. It doesn’t take much: a conversation, a good deed, a song, a smile, a kiss, a good movie or song or book. I believe that each of these small instances are worth remembering. We just have […]

Life Is Too Short To Live It For Someone Else


  “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, Dream, Discover.”  –Mark Twain It’s hard to say something about this quote that it doesn’t say […]

Find Your Art


“I like work: it fascinates me. I can sit and look at it for hours.”  -Jerome K. Jerome I work for myself—I am the boss and the employee. And so do you, but maybe you don’t know it yet. I have to set hours for myself as the boss, and I have to work those hours as […]

Life Is Short, Break The Rules. Forgive Quickly, Kiss SLOWLY…


“Life is short, Break the Rules. Forgive quickly, Kiss SLOWLY. Love truly. Laugh uncontrollably And never regret ANYTHING That makes you smile.” ―Mark Twain Mark Twain is one of my newest inspirations. The man knows how to turn a phrase. His wisdom is timeless, and even, has a way of sounding contemporary even though he […]

Life Is A Science Experiment (And How Are You Doing So Far?)


Today is November 9 and the year is 2014. There will never be another 10/9/2014. There will never be a chance to “redo” today or the previous week. This is morbid, even depressing, and yet, it is also the greatest source of motivation and inspiration for living life now and into the future. You know, sometimes I […]

Choice As A Muscle


“For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.”  ―Ralph Waldo Emerson Dammmmn… what a quote. Emerson was such a boss. This is what Elbert Hubbard, a contemporary and author of A Message to Garcia, called Emerson: “our modern Plato,” and “Every time I pickup a volume of Emerson, I have to […]

Ancient Chinese Advice More Necessary Than Ever


“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” ― Confucius We’ve all heard this. But I don’t think all of us live by it, or truly get it. How does this apply to you? Well, let’s see… Are you waking up every morning and rushing to […]

Do You Deserve To Be Rich?


“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” -T. S. Eliot A weird thing about life is it often molds to fit our ideas of it. The easiest way to get more out of life is to expect more from it. Expect more from yourself and […]

Comfort Is Killing You


“There is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.”  -Aristotle Sure, comfort is nice—it’s warm and cozy. And there’s nothing wrong with living a warm and cozy life, right? I guess… if you say so… A cozy life doesn’t have big ups and downs. It’s even-keel, mellow, average. It’s […]

Why “Frame” Is The Most Important Thing You Don’t Know


“Your body hears everything your mind says.” -Naomi Judd Have you ever heard the saying, “You are what you eat?”  Of course you have. Well, what about, “You are what you think.” Maybe not. Let me tell you something about the human condition… you become what you think. No, this isn’t hooky, hippy stuff. It’s fact. As […]