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Sep
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04
,2011

What is Fairness?

by JD on September 4, 2011

The principle of fairness has largely been created by human beings. The Universe, as I see it, does not appear to enforce or recognize it. The strongest lion gets his catch; the fastest gazelle escapes. The world cares nothing for the individual or whether or not you are treated fairly. Good people get cancer; bad people get rich.

It isn’t the most beautiful stars that survive, but the ones furthest from the black hole. For some reason, however, perhaps because ... [Read More]

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Aug
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31
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Building Trust

by JD on August 31, 2011

Building trust is about doing the small things well, on time, and with respect.

This is important in all relationships, be they platonic, romantic or business; the first interactions are vital.

That’s all.

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Aug
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30
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Motorcycle Travel Stories

by JD on August 30, 2011

Invariably, when I tell people about my travel plans, they will ask me where I am going to go and what exactly I intend to do.

I have no plan. I have no idea where I will go first or what I will do. I have a loose idea of what I want to accomplish while I’m on the road. (Most of which includes checking some things off my bucket list.)

I was inspired to do this trip, in large part as ... [Read More]

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The reality is that no matter how hard you work, your results will always be limited by the quality of your interactions with others. I’ve known a lot of people who would have fared much better in business, relationships, etc… if they had slightly better social skills. In fact, I’ve known more than one person who has drastically limited the earning potential of their business because they lacked the ability to interact with other people an an appropriate and meaningful ... [Read More]

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Jul
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31
,2011

Are You Afraid of Making Mistakes?

by JD on July 31, 2011

For many years of my life, perhaps all of it, I have subconsciously had the sense that I didn’t have anything of real value to offer the world. I don’t think I ever believed that consciously, but If I look back at my actions, I can see that I questioned myself far too much. Failed businesses, blogs, websites, exercise programs and relationships were the themes of my early twenties. And, pulling together the inner resilience to try again after each ... [Read More]

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Jul
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25
,2011

Design Update and Progress Report

by JD on July 25, 2011

As my design and WordPress skills have progressed, it has become obvious that this site needs a new design. And, seeing as how I will likely be promoting it a fair amount once I’m on the road, I really want to put my best foot forward.

Hopefully the new version is a little more pleasing to the eye and a little easier to read. I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

Putting in the Hours

I’m finally to ... [Read More]

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Jul
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06
,2011

Today I Sold my Motorcycle

by JD on July 6, 2011

The trip is tangible now. Things are starting to take shape. I’m having to make decisions that affect my present and immediate future. It’s not theoretical anymore.

I’ve been spending the last year of my life planning for this trip, and I’m only a few months out now. It’s going to happen. And I’ll admit it, I don’t feel wholly prepared.

Actually, for the first time, I feel legitimately nervous. This thing is for real, and it’s going to change the direction ... [Read More]

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Jul
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05
,2011

Consuming Information vs. Applying Knowledge

by JD on July 5, 2011

So, if you are unable to read all the books in your possession, you have enough when you have all the books you are able to read.”

Seneca

The amount of information flowing through our society is staggering. As a collective, we are learning at an incredible rate.

2,000 years ago you could have become a expert in human medicine. In fact, in relatively short order, you could have put yourself at the forefront of medical research.

In today’s World, you would have to ... [Read More]

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Jun
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12
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It’s ok to Make Mistakes

by JD on June 12, 2011

Have you ever learned something? Literally, anything?

Of course you have. You leaned to eat food with a spoon and a fork. But, they gave you plastic ones so you didn’t stab yourself. And no doubt, the process was messy. There was a lot of failing. Have you ever watched a baby eat? Sure, they may get it down, but a fairly large percentage of that food gets spit up, dumped over, or smeared on someone’s face. It’s not pretty.

And yet, ... [Read More]

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May
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31
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Sell Your Value, Not Your Passion

by JD on May 31, 2011

There’s a lot of talk about passion on the Internets these days. (That’s right, I said ‘Internets’.)

I’m all about passion.

I’ve written extensively about it, and I will again.

But sometimes you’ve got to suck it up and do things you are not particularly passionate about, in order to do the thing(s) you are passionate about.

If your lack of finances (either in amount or in source) is holding you back from your biggest dreams, that is a problem you can solve. You ... [Read More]

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