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Are You Trying to Be Good Enough?

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My whole life, I’ve been “good.” The good one. The good student. The good boy who followed all the rules. I did well in school. I broke rules in only the most conventional and socially appropriate ways—like drinking the right kinds of drinks at the right kinds of parties in high school. I learned the […]

Do You Have Any Boundaries?

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My mood used to drop all the time. I’d be sitting there, happy-go-lucky. And suddenly I’d start to feel down. And I had no idea why. Or I’d feel really responsible for everyone to have a good time. Or that their disappointment—over almost anything—was my fault. Do you know how exhausting it is to be […]

Is It Hard to Make Money As a Visionary?

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It’s hard to be a financially successful visionary. For those of us who choose to be business owners, it’s a hard road. Because it’s not exactly like we want to be business owners. Truth be told—I’d gladly accept a corporate job if someone would pay for our team’s salaries and let us have full autonomy […]

You’re Not a Fucking Genius, Are You?

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I used to feel so triggered by the word “genius.” It was arrogant and conceited to think you’re a genius. It’s a title people bestow upon you in magazine profiles, not one you claim for yourself. And there was no fucking way I was a genius. I mean, I was “not good enough” in every […]

Do You Want to See Your Unique Genius?

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I didn’t think I had a genius. For a long time I doubted it. I mean, I felt it. I felt I had something big to offer. Something deep inside. But I downplayed it. I told myself it wasn’t a big deal. I mean, sure, I can write. But a lot of people can write. […]

Do You Feel Powerless?

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I’ve spent a lot of time in my life feeling frustrated. Like I’m powerless to change things. Like I’m trying everything and nothing is working. Like I’m broken. I’m wrong. I’m fucked up. And it’s never going to work for me. I’ve convinced myself that I’m not enough. That somehow others are enough. Somehow it […]

Can You Just Figure It Out Yourself?

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I’ve always been a highly capable person. I can figure it out. I can do it myself. If I try hard enough, I can do it. I’m independent. I’m capable. I can teach myself pretty much anything. So I do. I take it all on. And I rarely ask for anyone’s help. Because I’ll figure […]

Are You a Visionary Without a Vision?

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I’m a visionary without a vision. It’s why I balked at the idea that I’m a visionary in the first place. Don’t visionaries have clear visions? Don’t they know exactly what they’re doing? Aren’t they something other than a hot mess, changing ideas constantly? In my first year of business alone, I tried on about […]

Are you “too” sensitive?

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I need a lot of rest. After having just one call, or being out with people for a few hours, I need some rest. For years, I thought I was just lazy. I wasn’t disciplined enough. I needed to “push through the discomfort” and everything else “inspirational” Instagram memes tell me to do. I looked […]

 
 

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