Tag: growth

politics

Old Timey Racism

I like Jules Verne. I do. And I know it’s problematic to apply current day social codes to someone from a hundred and fifty years ago. Well, not really problematic, inasmuch as they were in the wrong about how they treated minorities. The problem comes in disregarding them completely because of attitudes that at the …

work

Seamless Recreations

It’s been a bad couple of days. I was planning on writing about how much I love it when someone reboots/re-imagines something and actually makes it better, while still leaving room for the old material to fall into continuity. However, this weekend, I spent an evening with my wife at my old job’s Christmas party, …

personal development

Fables

2019 is upon us and I feel like maybe we ought to talk about fables. I’ve read Aesop’s Fables. Beyond being this bizarre tool for both anti-authoritarian propaganda and “know your role” classism (amongst the various racist and misogynist tendencies it has), it makes me think of New Year’s resolutions and the fables we tell …

personal development

The Irony Of Self-Help

The problem with self-help books is that they love to paint pictures of success that most of us will never see, and often don’t exist. They purveyors of these “truths” aren’t always multi-millionaires like they’d have you believe. The people they use as examples, as models to emulate, often only tell a very skewed part …

personal development

Benefits To Bad Guruism?

Tony Robbins. Eckhart Tolle. James Altucher. All self-help “gurus” with a tendency to be more interested in self-promotion and your pocketbook than actually helping people. I’ve often railed against these purveyors of “guruism”, where they place themselves as some sort of saint of personal development and tailor their messages (if not their actions) to ensure …

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 …