I’d like to think I’m growing in maturity. And one of the life lessons I’ve been dealing with lately is the cyclical nature of life. Oh, you best…this post is about to get super philosophical and mystical. But follow me, if you will.
I’ve been playing the stock market. It’s playing because I only have a small amount of money invested. It’s enough that it hurts when I lose and feels good when I win. One of my recent stock purchases plummeted. I bought in at $170, it dropped to $140 in two days. That freaked me out. “What if it keeps dropping to zero? All my money will be gone!”
I was tempted to cut my losses and sell. But I remembered this new concept I’ve been learning: the cyclical nature of life. Life repeats itself. Events repeat themselves. The stock would come back up eventually. I just needed to ride out the cycle. (more…)
There you are at coffee, sitting across from a genius. You’ve been following this guy’s blogs and books for a while. And you had the guts to reach out and get a meeting. You wanted to see if he’d chat with you for a bit. You’re hoping to get that special bit of wisdom that will propel your life on your desired trajectory. You know he holds the secrets.
You’re nervous. This guy’s an expert. He knows so much more than you and has so much confidence. This expert. This superior being.
The way you’re feeling is ridiculous. This person is no better than you. And you have no business thinking they are. (more…)
Each month I come up with twelve article ideas for my Sunday| Mag writers. That’s on top of my twelve topics I personally blog about. Plus any articles I post for my other three sites. Plus any guest posts I do on other blogs. That amounts to about 30-40 ideas each month.
Do I get writer’s block—ideas block—when I sit down to think about what to write? You bet I do. Yesterday I had to plan six article ideas and I had absolutely nothing in my brain.
But an hour later, my six ideas were together and I felt good about them. How did I push through the block and make it happen? I believed I’d get through it. (more…)
My full-time job is writing. Almost two years ago, I quit my job working at a church and decided I’d go into writing. It was an overnight change and I survived. I made enough to live in a great apartment in Dallas and support my wife as she pursued her dreams.
But for the first two years of my writing career, I made no money. I had to develop my platform and skills slowly. I worked my full-time job during the day, then blocked off a couple hours each week in my spare time to write to a tiny audience. If I had stopped any time along the way, I wouldn’t have been able to make that overnight change to full-time writer.
Now the nature of my job is such that I get paid by advertisers to write and help others write. And the truth is I could literally stop working for two weeks and still get paid. I could sit on my bum all day and watch TV, and I’d still have money coming in through advertisers. In the short term. But it would catch up to me. (more…)
There’s an epidemic sweeping through Christianity. It’s not a new thing, but it’s spreading faster and festering further with the help of technology and social media. I’m talking about the epidemic of “having an opinion about something that’s none of your business”.
We’re so quick to latch on to the latest scandal or news bit about a mega-church pastor. Or we see folks celebrating Halloween and can’t help but chime in our comment about them worshiping Satan. We’re so quick to attack someone who tweets or posts on Facebook… When none of this stuff is any of our business.
The latest scandal I’ve seen is Steven Furtick’s 1.7 million dollar home construction. For some, that story really rubs them the wrong way. Then the articles further delve into the finances of Elevation Church and Furtick’s salary…as if it’s any of our business. (more…)
I have to tell you, Wednesday was a really rough day. I felt overwhelmed with requests from people and with life in general. My wife’s having a rough time right now, we’re moving in about a month, and it was a gloomy day. Let’s face the facts: sometimes it feels like the day slaps you in the face.
So I found it hard to focus. I wanted to sit in front of the TV all day and eat Jalapeño Cheetos. But I didn’t have that luxury. I had to catch up on work I missed while I was out of town. I had an issue of Sunday| Magazine launching today. And if I don’t stay vigilant, I’ll find myself with no advertisers and no money in my pocket. It’s really hard to pay rent and buy food when you don’t have money.
I made it through the day. Barely. But I made it through. And it wasn’t some mysterious powdered beverage that gave me the strength. I don’t have any mantras or magic incantations. I did the same thing you need to do when you experience these days. I trudged through. (more…)
My wife and I have been in a fun state of limbo for the past few weeks. We’ve been feeling it’s time to move from Dallas but we also don’t feel like God’s telling us where to go. Our lease is up December 11th, so we need to decide pretty soon or else we’ll be homeless.
And the thing is, we haven’t heard a single word from God. We’ve been praying and asking. But it feels like God isn’t speaking to us.
Spoiler alert: He is. But it isn’t with an audible voice or with precise words. In fact, I really think God let us choose where we’d move. (more…)
Recently I’ve had some designer friends up in arms about crowdsourcing. If you aren’t familiar with the concept:
Instead of paying a graphic designer, you offer a sum amount to a group of designers and let them fight it out. You say I’ll pay $200 for a great logo, and the designer who designs the logo you like the most gets the money. Everyone else gets nothing.
You can see why my design friends would be unhappy about this. It completely cheapens their the value of their skills. It reduces the cost of what people will pay for a logo by hundreds of dollars and it turns the designers into beggars.
But here’s why I love crowdsourcing: It presents a really cool opportunity for those willing to embrace it. (more…)
“We’ll pay you $100,000 per year to sit on your couch and watch your favorite show.”
Congratulations, you’ve just found your dream job. Unfortunately, 99.9999% of the population won’t get this sort of offer. And truth be told, you probably wouldn’t find fulfillment in a job like this. Jersey Shore gets old after the first couple hours.
So how do you actually identify that dream job of yours? How do you know the thing that’ll be super fulfilling in your life? (more…)
I’ll let you in on a little secret. This blog right here is the least successful thing I do. Supposedly, I have 400 readers. (Though that number is suspect.)
But these blog posts probably take the most amount of time to write. I write three each week, and don’t really make any money from these things. (See those empty ad spots to the right?)
So in essence, this blog is a waste of my time. But I keep writing it. Why? (more…)