Doing vs. Planning To Do

When I encounter someone that I think is killing it at whatever it is that they do, my normal reaction is to immediately dive in and try to pick apart their process.  (see: Josh Brown and/or Austin Kleon) What apps are they using? Where do they get their information? What blogs do they read? When do they post updates? How frequently? And on and on. Your head would spin if you saw me in action.

I dive into the minutiae. The little details. I take apart everything and I probably end up spending more time analyzing their process than they do. Why? Because they are focused on “doing” things. They’re creating content and giving it to the world. They’re succeeding — or at least giving themselves a chance for success — because they’re putting it out there. They write something and share it. They don’t get too caught up in how they’re making things happen, they just make them happen.

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The new season premieres October 1. I can’t wait.

Staring At The Sun

I’m not the only one
Staring at the sun
Afraid of what you’d find
If you took a look inside
Not just deaf and dumb
Staring at the sun
Not the only one
Who’s happy to go blind

I’m reminded of the prescient lyrics of U2. These are from Staring at the Sun, a slow-burner off their criminally underrated Pop album. (That’s another post and an argument we can have anytime.)

The song was one of the first things I thought of when I saw this picture of President Trump, the leader of the free world, stepping out on his balcony and looking right into the sun during today’s eclipse.

Like Spiders, You’re Never More Than a Few Feet From Depression

Three years ago today, Robin Williams killed himself. It was a shocking and sad end to a life devoted to bringing other people happiness and laughter. Since then many other celebrities have committed suicide as well. Chris Cornell and Chester Bennington of Linkin Park are the most recent examples

These celebrity deaths always get a lot of attention, but there’s a lot of suffering out there you don’t hear as much about. 132,000 other Americans have committed suicide since Robin Williams death. Is that a lot? It seems like more than a lot to me, but numbers can be hard to wrap the mind around. They can be unfathomable, like the distance between galaxies. So let’s put it another way: suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in America today. It doesn’t have to be.

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