Does Talent Exist?

Is there such a thing as talent? Does it exist? The more I think about it, the less likely I think it is. There’s definitely skill acquisition, but I think talent is a myth. I think we call people talented because we see the result of their hard work and perseverance. And because we see…

Distance and Children

When I went away to university, I never thought about the impact my absence might have on my parents.  I was going off on a new adventure.  Life beckoned and I answered the call. I missed my family, but I never really thought about how they might have missed me. After school, I came back…

Treadmill Snobbery

I think I’m a treadmill snob. When I go to the gym, my favourite thing to do is run on the treadmill. I’ve always preferred cardio to weights and running is my go-to activity for cardio. But sometimes I go a little crazy inside when I see someone doing this “thing”: They crank up the…

Behaving Intently

When someone cuts me off while driving, they are a jerk. If I cut someone else off, it’s because I am in a rush or I have an important appointment. We judge others by their behaviour, but we judge ourselves by our intent. The thing is, other people judge us by our behaviour, not by…

Fueling the Mind with Good Stuff

In January, I listened to the podcast The Moment with Brian Koppleman. He was interviewing Seth Godin, who I’ve heard interviewed many times. What was interesting about this interview was that Seth talked about how he had been bullied into accepting a client in the early days of his career. The experience made him feel…