Work/Life. There Is No Balancing

I recently read a great piece that was shared by the wonderful people at Revolve Branding. If you’re not familiar with their work, they’re the people trying to take this fair city that I call home, Halifax, and turn it into something truly wonderful. Well, it already is totally wonderful. Rather, they’re trying to engage the people and get them excited about the beautiful city that we call home. In any case, the post was about work/life balance or rather the fallacy that is work/life balance. You see, as they discuss in the post, for most of us that are entrepreneurs, work IS our life so to try to balance our life and our life becomes a daunting or even seemingly impossible task. The issue is not with us being able to understand how to balance our “life” and our “work” but rather it is with our understanding of the value that our “life” gives our “work”. Let me be clear as we move forward in this. I didn’t invent this concept. I’m simply paying the idea forward.


Kindly Remove Your Foot From My Mouth

Social media is a wonderful thing. Laugh it up. I’m serious. Social media is a wonderful thing. But for every wonderful person with great ideas and a supportive attitude there’s a troll with nothing to do but pick away at people. It’s awful. It’s terrible. People can be the worst. But try to remember one thing; you are people.

It’s important to realize, especially on a platform like Twitter, that there is no way to know, at first glance, exactly what someone means. I recently took umbrage to a comment made by someone on Twitter. I carried out a verbal skirmish with the individual that led to an offline conversation. In the end, it turned out that we had a pretty similar view on the topics and that I had simply jumped down someone’s throat because I didn’t understand what they were saying in the 140 characters they used.

Clear Eyes….Full Heart….

Clear Eyes. Full Hearts. Can’t Lose. For those of you that like binge-watching sappy over the top melodrama on Netflix, you probably recognize this as the slogan for the Panthers, the “based on real events” team from the television show Friday Night Lights. For those of you unfamiliar with the show, it’s about high school football in Texas. For those of you not familiar with high school football in Texas, it’s kind of a big deal. You know how we love hockey? This is like that. But more intense. In any case, before the Panthers hit the field, their coach always repeats the mantra; Clear Eyes. Full Hearts. Can’t Lose. It is, for an emotional sap like myself, gripping. It is also, for all practical purposes, not true.

Two Ears, One Mouth: Act Accordingly

I love quotes. I think that the most interesting thing in the world is listening to what other people have to say. Honestly, do you know who’s more interesting than you? Everyone. Literally, everyone. I think I have some pretty cool thoughts sometimes. Sometimes I have some really boring thoughts. But I strongly believe that an alternate point of view should be the planned destination of every day. Every. Day. But I’m busy. As much as I’d love to read every book on the planet and hear what every single person thinks. But ain’t nobody got time for that. My daughter wants her bottle and my son wants me to help him build his animals of Africa puzzle for the 15th time today. I don’t have time to read every book that I’d like to read. And that’s where quotes come in. I’ll often look up quotes on a given topic and just read a whole bunch of them. I find it an interesting way to absorb people’s points of view. And last week I read this, “We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we talk.” And while this may not seem earth shattering to most people, this one blew me away.


Morgan Freeman Says No…Strongly

I like podcasts. A lot. It’s the new talk radio and anyone that knows me knows that I love talk more than anything in the world. So when I get a chance to hear someone really fantastic speak, it’s pretty much the highlight of my day. And thus was the case last week when I heard Morgan Freeman on The Nerdist. God, The President, God Again, Nelson Mandella. He’s basically played the coolest roles in Hollywood history. And that’s just the really big ones. So when he talks, just out of sheer experience, I listen. He’s not always had the easiest life. According to him, he “made it” when he turned 50 and had a steady flow of work. He was asked about the low points in life. He explained that they were important and helped shape who you were. Then he was asked if he ever missed those moments, if he wanted those moments so that he could use them. His answer? “Fuck no”.


I’m All Out Of Love…And Words: Writing When You Can’t

I’ve always been a huge proponent of the idea that you should “just write”. I’ve always supported the idea that writing is an absolutely integral part of your developmental process and that whether you’re using it to promote your brand, express your thoughts, or merely to work out some of the junk floating around in your head, there is nothing that is more effective for this task than writing. But occasionally, and this doesn’t happen that often, you have absolutely nothing to write. So what in blazes are you supposed to do then?
First, you need to evaluate if you need to write. I recently wrote that you should limit your writing schedule so that you only make yourself write as often as you KNOW you will be able to succeed at writing. Don’t sabotage yourself. Don’t commit to writing everyday when you know there’s no way in hell that you’re going to be able to write every day. So, first you need to evaluate if this is a matter of over-committing yourself. If you’ve run out of ideas because you get writing ideas at one pace and you’re trying to outsprint that pace, then there is no way for you to succeed. But let’s assume that you’re writing at a manageable pace, but you just don’t have anything to write about now. What then?