• blog,  Morning Journal

    When I’m on the Bret Easton Ellis Podcast

    I already know how I will answer the question, “Who is better? The Eagles or Fleetwood Mac” when I’m on the Bret Easton Ellis podcast. I’ve been listening to every episode since August and since then, my goal as a writer has shifted from “Write a Best Seller” to “Be in The New Yorker” to “Be invited to the Bret Easton Ellis Podcast.” Of course, a few things have to happen before I go on the show, primary among those, I need to finish writing my book Penny Bomb. “Set a reward for yourself,” is common advice for people taking on a daunting challenge. “Buy something you’ve always wanted,” or…

  • Essay,  Mindset

    Fail Big or Shut Up

    I was born lucky. Maybe I was born privileged. Maybe I’m blessed.  I like to think I am charmed. Whatever words I use to describe this situation, the truth is that I believe that I have benefited from an abundance of good things that I did not have to work to receive.  I’ve been very, very lucky. And while I have also faced some very bad things, those were never luck. I don’t think so. The very bad things I’ve experienced have always been a result of either very bad decisions on my part or a series of kind of bad decisions on my part.  I’ve been an agent in my own…

  • blog,  Essay,  Mindset

    I Hope You Fail

    I hope you fail. It is good for you to fail. If you never fail then you are not pushing yourself, you are not trying hard enough, you are coasting… and what’s the fun in that? Do not fear failure, fear stasis. Fear boredom. Fear satisfaction. Each failure will build you up as you fail at greater and more substantial things. It will give you confidence in yourself, your abilities, your resiliency and you will seek to fail more often and more wildly than those around you who try only to succeed and so choose only goals they know they can accomplish. The one who does not expect failure, but…