Archive for May, 2012

  • Love Yourself As If Your Life Depended On It
    Posted by on May 31st, 2012 at 12:02 pm, Comments: 0

    Kamal went missing. We had been corresponding for over a year, ever since I started this blog. I’m very grateful for the great friends I have met through this blog. It has been a totally unexpected but much appreciated benefit of doing this.

    Finally I was visiting San Francisco and after 100s of emails back and forth during the prior year, I was getting all set to meet Kamal Ravikant. But he didn’t show up for our planned breakfast. His brother, Naval, called him a few times. “He’s at home,” Naval said, “but he’s not picking up. His illness must be overwhelming him today.” Naval had a GPS specifically attached to where Kamal was.

  • Ask James: Honesty, Marriage, Job Search, Hitting Rock Bottom, Ideas, Fun, and More!
    Posted by on May 30th, 2012 at 7:26 am, Comments: 0

    [This is part of the expanded answers to my Twitter Q&A I do every Thursday from 330-430. I will have other answers in smaller blog posts. If you like these Twitter Q&A posts, please Facebook Like so I get a sense of how useful (or fun) they are. Thanks. And please provide additional answers for people in the comments. I am sure that will be appreciated.]

    HITTING ROCK BOTTOM

    Kunal ‏@pkunal2: Did you really hit rock bottom? I know the TDP got you out. What was the spark inside you to start that change?

    ANSWER:

  • How to Be Persistent And Get Success
    Posted by on May 28th, 2012 at 7:22 pm, Comments: 0

    [This is part of the expanded answers to my Twitter Q&A I do every Thursday from 330-430. I will have other answers in smaller blog posts. If you like these Twitter Q&A posts, please Facebook Like so I get a sense of how useful (or fun) they are. Thanks. And please provide additional answers for people in the comments. I am sure that will be appreciated.]

    IS PERSISTENCE THE KEY TO SUCCESS?

    Leon Benson ‏@LeonBenson2: Was persistence the key to you being in the position you are in now?

    ANSWER:

  • Memorial Day
    Posted by on May 28th, 2012 at 6:36 am, Comments: 0

    (photo by Ernst Haas)

    Nobody in the entire photo is looking at the photo within the photo of the dead hero, the poor woman’s missing son. Last Memorial Day I wrote a post “Name Me a War That Was Worth It”. My belief is that 60 year olds should never send 18 year olds to be killed. Of course the 18 year olds are heroes. Nobody disputes that.

    And of course the government convinces them and lies to them that they are killing others, killing civilians, killing other 18 year olds, killing and maiming each other, all for a good cause.

  • Happiness This Very Second
    Posted by on May 25th, 2012 at 7:01 am, Comments: 0

    (photo by Willy Ronis)

    When was the last time you felt like this little boy?

    I’ve spent the past 20 years worrying about money. Worrying about what other people thought of me. Worrying about relationships, love, loss. Awkward about people, places, things, agendas Agendas. Thinking about the people who were angry at me. Obsessing on the people I was angry at. Scared to fail. Afraid to adventure. Thinking I had to achieve goals to alchemize unhappiness into happiness. Thinking I had to be the smartest person in the meeting, the room, the building, the city,