Tag: success



I’m a stubborn prick. Not in a narcissistic, my-way-or-the-highway kind of way, but I have traditionally been a difficult student to teach, when I don’t want to learn. This may sound contradictory to the people who know me, because I can be such a “nice guy”. At times, I’m a coward about a lot of …


Ask Forgiveness, Not Permission?

I’m sure you’ve heard this bit of advice somewhere. It’s a business and life coach maxim, often pushed by gurus of all kinds – businesspeople, politicians, people of success everywhere. And it’s got its points. If you waited around for permission to everything, you’d wait forever. There are far too many gatekeepers in the world …


Posthumous Fame

What is it about dying that automatically confers fame on artists? John Kennedy Toole. Michelle McNamara. Edgar Allen Poe. Kafka. Thoreau. Vincent Van Gogh only sold one painting in his lifetime. Why are we waiting? Does death bring some kind of legitimacy? Would Kurt Cobain and Jimi Hendrix be as revered if they’d lived? Or …