People have a fear of missing out.
They chase information all day long, worrying that they won't know the latest controversy, the latest outrage, the latest gossip, the latest unkind word, the latest meaningless piece of drivel that matters not now nor ever, but which society is constantly, relentlessly shoving into our minds via every communication device possible -- internet, tv, radio, whatever. About the only thing that doesn't happen is direct streaming into our heads and there's probably somebody working on that project right now.
I'm a little sick of it all ... but at the same time, I agree.
People should...Read more
"I heard that place is a shoebox."
A friend said this to me recently in reference to a new affiliate I was planning to visit. She meant no harm or insult, just an expression of the small size of the place. Still, it struck me as to how things have changed so much in the CrossFit world since 2007.
Today, 10,000-square-foot CrossFit gyms are becoming common, and it's not unheard of to find an affiliate in 15,000 SF with 15 platforms and enough pull-up bars to host a small army of athletes. So a place that is only 3,000 SF? That's considered...Read more
"I don't care about intent. I care about effect."
Someone said this to me the other day, and it stayed with me. The basic truth here pertains to our efforts in the gym, to our interactions at work, and to our personal relationships with family, friends, and lovers.
How many times do we find ourselves staring at the wreckage of life and saying, "But I meant well" or "I really wanted that to go right"?
It doesn't matter what your intent was if you flipped the car. The results are still bruises and dents and scars and changed lives.
It doesn't matter that you didn't...Read more
1.) No matter what it is, it's probably too long. Look again with a cold, hard eye. Yes, you love your words, but some of them you should probably kill. Be brave ... and ruthless.
2.) Good titles count. Create a title that would make you click into the story. But remember this: cheese is costly. You can bait the reader a few times and then they'll walk around the trap. Be smart.
3.) Read it aloud before you publish. This is one of the best paths for detecting rhythm and flow. Skip this step and you might help your schedule and...Read more
Criticism is a scary thing. When someone corrects you, often you're thrown back into being five years old and Mom telling you that you did something wrong.
Despite your best efforts to listen to the instruction and learn, your ears get hot and shame tries to flood your system.
And that's when you need to shut that shit down.
Because if you spend your life reacting emotionally to criticism, you'll have a hard time improving. If you spend all your energy on how you feel, then there's not going to be much energy left to learn and improve.
If you can't listen, you can't...Read more