The Philosophy of: This piece of ancient Japanese wisdom (author and date of origin: unknown) – There is no “Can” or “Can’t”, just “Do” or “Don’t”]

(translation): There is no ‘Can’ or ‘Can’t’, just ‘Do’ or ‘Don’t’. If you ever think to yourself ‘I can’t do it’, try this as the next thought in your brain region: ‘Bullshit. Why not?’ If it’s been done before by anyone who is also a human person like you, it can …

The difficult path’s the right one

If you find yourself thinking, ‘This is really hard…’ it’s a sign that you’re probably on the right track. Any progress, any learning, growth, improvement or mastery comes not as a result of comfort and ease, but difficulty, challenge and even (and sometimes especially) hardship. As long as you know how you …

On Challenging Yourself

If someone responds to the question, ‘Why do you want to do that?’ with: ‘To challenge myself’, what does that actually mean? One of my mentors a student to task over exactly that and then followed up asking her, ‘Is the point of challenging yourself just to challenge yourself?’ The power …