I shouted this to my 11 and 9-year-old daughters as we drove down the freeway with the windows rolled down. They were in the back seat of our old run-down Honda Civic, so it was especially noisy.
"You have permission to not write. But you don't have permission to do anything else." Neil Gaiman
Virtually everyone author that we admire struggles to write. Almost everyone author that we admire struggles to write. Yet they still push themselves. How?
Haters are everywhere. Critics are everywhere.
But haters and critics aren't the same. Hate is stupid. Yet, critics and criticism have value. They provide the feedback needed to improve your craft, art, and life.
There Are Good People All Around Us in Spite of What the Headlines Want us To Believe
My daughter called me nervous and afraid. Her car had stalled in the middle of the road…
Read the story with a happy ending below.
How a Clueless But Observant Man Prepared His Daughters for Life
We all have secret powers developed in childhood that become our unfair advantage. Mine?
A dad spends a lot of time worried about keeping our kids safe. Having open and candid conversations around money is as vital as conversations about sex.
"Dad, I'm a Stoic. You made me a Stoic!"
It's true. I have been intentionally programming my girls from the very beginning.
#Girldad started trending and became cool. But showing up is more than hashtags and feeling good about ourselves.
The Moment I Decided to Quit My Job During the Great Recession
It was a moment that I'll never forget because ski-masks and big guns were involved
I've quit more times than I can count throughout my life. I love the idea of learning new skills and becoming better. But then my insecurities, financing, or logistics become too difficult to bear.
Remember "show and tell" in school?
You got to stand up in front of the class and shine. You would show your new doll, pet rock, or construction truck to the entire class. Good times.
Despite not traveling the world- I've been able to give my girls a much larger worldview through my circle of friends and passions.
I've only been able to realize this by looking back on my life and connecting the dots.