I talk to a lot of people who are interested in specialty schools. Things like culinary schools and film school. Going to a specialty school may be the right choice, but I always offer this advice to consider first: Can you get paid to learn that?
“Everyone” (whoever that may be) agrees that the key to a successful life of happiness these days is in education. More learning equals more…everything good apparently. Just ask any politician (free college!), most employers (college degree required!), and the vast majority of parents (you need a degree!). So the idea is that more education is good, but what kind of education? You can get a degree in pretty much anything these days.Read More
We live in a world of constant, unrelenting, and often unmerciful change. For most people today, especially those under the age of 50 or so, this is a normal state of existence. From a historical perspective this is not normal. The last one hundred years has been witness to unprecedented and unparalleled technological change. This technological change has driven social, cultural, and political change. Not much, if anything, has been left untouched. Even knowledge and what it means to be “smart” has foundationally changed.Read More
Everyone thinks you have to earn a degree in whatever it is that you want to do, but sometimes that's not the best strategy.
Live long enough and you will experience tragedy. It may never make sense, but there are some things to learn from tough times. Recently I have been trying to figure what should be learned when times are bad.
The beginning of last week I didn’t have a chance to even glance at Facebook, or pay attention to anything in the media. When I did sign back into Facebook the first post in my feed mentioned something about “the person who almost ran me over playing Pokemon.” The Pokemon part meant nothing to me, but the rest of the post was comical so I read it.Read More
This little video summarizes a message I wish I could get into the head of everyone looking for their first (or next) job: Your job doesn't have to be glamorous to be awesome.
Modern society appears to care an awful lot about education. Every child born in America is mandated by law to spend at least twelve years in school. Most people think sixteen years is now the base for any kind of success and more than a few hold the position that a masters’ degree is the new bachelors. An increasingly popular argument is being made that formal education should begin much younger and all children should attend preschool. Sixteen years of formal education is the bare minimum. Twenty years or more may be required for real success.Read More
Even if you are 65 this lesson still applies. The point is that there are stages in life. Trying to "jump stages" can lead to some frustration and stagnation.
All hospital hallways look the same. Long. Sterile. Bleak. All hospital examination rooms look the same. No outside windows. Institution furniture. A bed/examination table with paper on it that can never be mistaken for other than what it is.Read More
The Live Deliberately series is back! With the awesome Live Deliberately editor back from her honeymoon we're rolling again! We'll start back with a lesson in fishes and ponds taught be Tesla...
I learned a lesson the other day. No, that’s not quite right. I was reminded of a lesson that I have already learned a hundred times before, but apparently I can’t remember for very long. I learned it in a swimming pool. Actually, it took two swimming pools. It seems that I’m a bit of a slow learner. That’s the good news. The bad news is that I learned the lesson, but I haven’t really benefited from it yet. In other words I haven’t put into practice what I have learned. Which is kind of the same as not learning something, just a lot more stupid.Read More
A newborn baby. Adorable. With that baby smell. Tiny. Precious. Sleeping all snuggled into your arms. Except when she's not.
That would be when she's awake and howling and doesn't seem to be hungry, tired, or in need of a change. Why is it those times are always between the time when sane people are supposed to be sleeping so that they remain sane? When that kind ofhowling happens repetitively that's when a need for a change starts to mean something else.Read More
Life is defined and determined by time. Your life begins on a certain day and ends on a certain day. What happens in between those days defines who you are and how you have lived. There is, or at least there should be, an urgency about these "in between" days. The beginning day is known, but the last day cannot be known. Each of us lives with an uncertainty regarding the amount of “in between" time we have been given.Read More
In this little video you will get to hear about a camping trip we took one time, the problems with pulling a trailer over toll bridges, the importance of asking for better directions (instead of trusting the Google lady), and why I was an idiot. Oh, and at the end I have an important question for you to consider. Can't wait, right?
There are few things that offer the training opportunities that a garden does. A garden takes planning and goal setting. It takes hard work and requires some sweat, and a garden has to be worked on over time. In the end a garden will provide rewards based on the work invested.Read More
Today's video has a co-star very much cuter than the regular host, who managed to be profound in her very own two year old way.
At the very heart of the Live Deliberately message is the idea that being a family and all that comes with it gives you opportunities to have the very best adventures that you can have. There are other opportunities that happen when you lead a family. I find lots and lots of wonderful opportunities to mess up and fail.Read More
Sometimes the best way to find a great job is to create one yourself!
Special thanks to Jared Wiggins for sending in this question.