We Tried That Once, It Didn't Work

A common mistake people often make is refusing to try something again that didn't work before.

On the surface trying something again that failed in the past may seem counterintuitive. The reality, however, is that outcomes are driven by many things: circumstances, the market, your audience, your company's infrastructure, and your mindset, just to name a few. If any of those things have changed over time, then something that didn't work for you five or ten years ago may work now.

Proceed with wisdom, obviously, but don't be afraid to proceed.

Originally published March 2012

The Trap of Conventional Wisdom

Conventional wisdom is rarely wise.

Conventional wisdom said the earth was flat, that apartheid was good, that women shouldn't vote, that processed food is better for you, that climate change is a hoax.

If you're basing your business strategy on conventional wisdom, you may want to reevaluate. Just because something appears to be working for everyone doesn't necessarily mean it's the best way forward.

Originally published October 2012

Cultivating Wisdom

It’s easy to be smart. It’s much more difficult to become wise. 

Becoming smart can be achieved through reading books, watching YouTube tutorials, joining masterminds, and taking online courses. Becoming wise is achieved through approaching the experiences life throws your way with an open, curious mind.

Wise people ask better questions. 

Wise people know the first answer given is usually not the real answer. 

Wise people have experienced seriously hard things and allowed those experiences to refine them.

Wise people know that balance is impossible but margin allows you space to fight for what you love.

Wise people have lost friends and have been stabbed in the back. 

Wise people know that asking, “Why me?” is the same as asking, “Why not someone else?” and have banned these phrases from their vocabulary. 

Wise people don’t have an easy life nor do they expect one. 

Wise people know that the “universe” delivers suffering to good, moral people and to those who are not.

If you look up to someone and consider them wise, know this: they have gone through some s*%t. 

Wisdom never comes from a simple, uncomplicated life.

Originally published March 2017