overcoming adversity

The other day, a friend was praising me for my accomplishments. I felt the praise was not justified. Contrary to my friend’s perception, I attribute my success to two things: 1) the ability to learn from my mistakes; 2) a high pain tolerance (that’s needed to tolerate making a great many mistakes). Step back and [...]

Nobody like setbacks, obstacles, and “failures.” It’s human to feel sorry for yourself. However, it’s not particularly productive or useful to feel sorry for yourself for too long. Anytime I get knocked on my rear by life, I have one rule that I do my best to follow. I allow myself to feel sorry for [...]

A year ago, I started taking classes in improvisational comedy. Unlike stand-up comedy, where a comedian memorizes an entire show and performs it for his audience, improv comedians get on stage having no idea what they will say or do. Performers ask for inspiration from the audience, such as: “name a person you know, an [...]

There have been times in my life when I felt completely beat up by life. I’d close myself in a room, curl up in the fetal position, feel sorry for myself, and hope life would stop kicking my *ss. I learned the hard way that hope is not a strategy, but taking action is. The [...]