Simone Biles on Confidence

I think it’s important to teach our female youth that, that it’s OK to say, `Yes, I am good at this,’ and you don’t hold back. You only see the men doing it. And they’re praised for it and the women are looked down upon for it. But I feel like it’s good because once you realize you’re confident and good at it, then you’re even better at what you do.

I feel like we should teach the youth that it’s OK to say, ‘Yes, I am good.’ And it’s not out of cockiness. It is what it is, at the end of the day. I’ve won five world titles and if I say, `I’m the best gymnast there is,’ (the reaction is), ‘Oh, she’s cocky, look at her now.’ No, the facts are literally on the paper. I think it’s important to teach the youth that.

– Simone Biles (#)

Perfection Doesn’t Exist

…perfection doesn’t exist; it is a goal that fuels a never-ending process of adaptation. If nature, or anything, were perfect it wouldn’t be evolving. Organisms, organizations, and individual people are always highly imperfect but capable of improving. So rather than getting stuck hiding our mistakes and pretending we’re perfect, it makes sense to find our imperfections and deal with them. You will either learn valuable lessons from your mistakes and press on, better equipped to succeed—or you won’t and you will fail.

Principles: Life and Work


Make Your Future. Make Your Life.

Make your life. Make your job. Make your career. Make your family. Make your fantastic big sandwich. Make your axes, hatchets, tables, oversized work shelves, and a cabinet that fits perfectly in one spot. Make your workout, bike routine around the block, and health goals. Make your Thanksgiving turkey outside with the kids. Make your place a home. Make your friends. Make your time matter, and give it away. Make the three piece suit you bought from a second hand store your first project. Make your daydreams entertaining, no matter how weird, wild, and fast that slide goes. Make your first impression stick with a firm handshake, eye contact, a genuine smile, and repeat their first name. Make your slice of this world colorful where you find it gray, songful where you find it silent, warm where you find it cold, all the while remembering that in the end, it’s a rental.

Saw this on a Skull & Spade poster after watching a frame build for it.

There Is No Better Time Than Right Now

While having a conversation with a friend today, I was reminded of a comment from another friend a few years ago.

Stop waiting until you finish school, until you go back to school, until you lose ten pounds, until you gain ten pounds, until you have kids, until your kids leave the house, until you start work, until you retire, until you get married, until you get divorced, until Friday night, until Sunday morning, until you get a new car or home, until your car or home is paid off, until spring, until summer, until fall, until winter, until you are off welfare, until the first or fifteenth, until your song comes on, until you’ve had a drink, until you’ve sobered up, until you die, until you are born again to decide that there is no better time than right now…

I'd Rather Be Home Playing WOW

Overheard on Friday night in the movie theater as The Da Vinci Code was about to begin…

I’m not even excited for this movie anymore. I should just go home and play WOW.

“Wow” is right. I hope I never get the urge to play the game.

By the way, I thought the movie was an excellent adaptation of the book. Big thumbs up to Ron Howard, Tom Hanks, and Dan Brown.