3 Important Life Skills Nobody Ever Taught You | Mark Manson

[…] When you decide to change careers, there’s no one there telling you which career is right for you. When you decide to commit to someone, there’s no one telling you this relationship is going to make you happy. When you decide to start a business or move to a new country or eat waffles instead of pancakes for breakfast, there’s no way of knowing — for certain — if what you’re doing is “right” or not.

And so we avoid it. We avoid making these decisions. We avoid moving and acting without knowing. And because we cannot act on what we don’t know, our lives become incredibly repetitive and safe.


There’s a great scene in The Dark Knight where the Joker shares his life’s philosophy:

“I just do things.”

Now, for all of Joker’s flaws (terrorist, mass murderer, armed robber, political assassin — but we’ll overlook that for now), he does have a point here.

“Schemers trying to control their little worlds…”

The fact is: sometimes you just have to do things for no other reason than to do them. Do them because you can. Because they exist. As George Mallory said when asked why he wanted to climb Mt. Everest: “Because it’s there.”

Read the entire article over at 3 Important Life Skills Nobody Ever Taught You

4,539 Miles: Chapter 5

I went into Day 14 and Day 15 thinking, “it can’t be worse than I-15.” Wow was I mistaken. These last two days were nothing short of incredible. Some of the most severe and dramatic scenery of the trip.

4,539 Miles: Chapter 4

Day 9 took us through Missouri, Iowa, and Nebraska — which are hardly pictured in the video (I wonder why?). Then a day in Wyoming (Day 10) before spending the rest of the trip in Idaho (Day 11, 12 and 13). This leg of the trip was a ton of fun despite all the highway miles thanks to our awesome friends and their better canine companions.

4,539 Miles: Chapter 3

Not that any of these videos ever really do the adventures they try to capture justice; but in addition to that, Anne does a much better job of documenting Day 7 and Day 8 on her blog.

A few of my favorites…

4,539 Miles: Chapter 2

This chapter starts in Dinosaur National Monument… and actually took us from Utah, to Colorado, back to Utah — and then in to Colorado again (Day 3). After swinging through Steamboat and camping at Summit Lake (Day 4), we repeated that nonsense by going from Colorado, to Wyoming and then back to Colorado (Day 5)… only to go back to Wyoming and finish out the drive to Missouri on I-80 (Day 6).

4,539 Miles: Chapter 1

This part of the trip took us from Southern California up through Utah to the Northwest border of Colorado to start our next leg through Dinosaur National Monument. Includes Day 1 and Day 2 from earlier blog posts.

Seth’s Blog: Three things to keep in mind about your reputation

They say you never get a second chance to make a first impression, but what most people do is make no impression at all.

Source: Seth’s Blog: Three things to keep in mind about your reputation