Mistakes

Perfection

Kill It: Seeking perfection is your sworn enemy

In the public sector, we have a saying that goes something like this: "Good enough for government work!". It implies that the government doesn't expect perfection, so "good enough" is often all you'll need to put into an assignment. This article is a part of the Kill It! series of articles aimed at streamlining your life into a well-oiled machine. Sadly, it also implies that "good enough" is somehow inferior. After all, the saying isn't "Give it your all
Mar 12, 2018·5 min read
In Retirement

I've come a long way from flying down the highway at 180

It was about 10:30 at night and I was riding my Yamaha R1 sportbike down an empty stretch of road south of Tucson, AZ. I was alone on the road. I started thinking about speed. Not just about going "fast", but insane speed. I had to do it. I had to transform those dashed white lines dividing both southbound lanes into a single, speed-induced streak of white. So, I rolled on the throttle and accelerated. 100 MPH was no problem. Hell, those sportbikes were built for speed. Hardly a vibration. In f
Oct 11, 2017·5 min read
In Retirement

Don't brag about success; tell me your failures

I don't know about you, but I learn a heck of a lot more from my failures than I do successes. When everything goes right, I learn very little. I learn nothing beyond what happened to go right in that instance. But, what about the next? Here is the difference between successes and failures: Failures have a way of humbling us. They force us to reflect on the situation, as well as ourselves, to determine where we F'ed up. We retrace our steps and analyze where we stumbled off the path to righteou
Oct 9, 2017·7 min read