Tag: growth

philosophy

Teen Angst

Sometimes, I feel like I never got over it. How tortuous it is to be young, to be weened on heroes and ideals, to know, in your heart, in your mind, that everything is supposed to be good, only to find out how wrong you are. How devastating to find out your guardians are not …

personal development

Kaizen

I love the idea of kaizen. Small changes, tiny adjustments, that build up to massive gains over time?  What a wonderful concept and in line with the little things being what makes life worthwhile. We’re all so used to change being presented as this sudden massive thing, when in reality, it’s usually much more gradual …

philosophy

Do Better

I know everyone thinks that comic books are for children, that they’re a lower form of art.  That if it doesn’t have eighty thousand words of prose or isn’t measured in pentameters or God forbid, doesn’t have a thumping back beat or a soft indie voice pretending they have as much heart as Elliott Smith, …

education

MBAs

I have a complicated history with higher education.  On one hand, I very much value learning.  When I dive into new information (or even old information seen freshly from a different perspective), I feel almost as alive as I do when I’m creating worlds or characters in fiction. There’s something that fascinates me about human …

comics

Fanboys

I fully intended to write about this on  Hallowe’en.  I’d just finished reading Fanboys Vs. Zombies, absurdist horror fiction of a wonderfully geeky degree, a short time earlier and then, boom, my grandmother died and my motivation died with her. At least, motivation to write about things of a more upbeat disposition. The novel I’m …

philosophy

My Why

If you’ve ever read Simon Sinek’s book, Start With Why, or saw his TED talk about the same subject, you’ll have an idea where I’m going with this. (While we’re on the subject, watch the TED talk.  Don’t bother with the book, unless you need eighty-six examples written in 246 pages of small type and relentless …

personal development

Actions And Words

I get shit for it sometimes, but I enjoy self-help, personal development books. Yes, I know most of the practitioners are saying nothing new.  Yes, I know most of them are shysters. Still, there’s a fascination in it.  I don’t believe in the law of attraction or the power of positive thinking or that kind …

Writing

Hello, World

I’ve been thinking about how to say “Hello, world.”  I don’t really have an answer. Part of the issue is that I spent the first thirty years of my life operating under the assumption that my intelligence would carry me through.  Blinded by personal dogma, I didn’t really understand who the enemy truly was, or …