I get embarrassed easily. My French isn’t very good, and so when I order my coffee at a café down the street from our flat in Bordeaux I practice in my head thirty times before the server comes. Then when I think I’ve got it down I look around wondering if I’m supposed to go […]
“How did this happen?” How did Donald Trump, a man a super-majority of voters thought was unqualified to be president, defeat Hillary Clinton, perhaps the most qualified candidate in the history of the United States of America?
I’m not a political expert. I’m a writer. And as a writer, I’ve known for months how Hillary Clinton could, and ultimately would, lose.
One of my office mates runs a puntastic pillow line called Throw Pillows that not only look witty and fun on your couch but also helps provide beds to kids. And she’s doing a sale for my birthday!
My own birthday pillow sale? Best birthday ever, right?
What are your twenties for if not for failing?
Not the lazy kind of failing, the kind where you never really tried and so defeat is easy and obvious.
No, your twenties are for the kind of failing where you challenge yourself to something just at the edge of your ability, and maybe past it, and you put everything you have into it, and yet you failed anyway.
Your twenties are for heroism, in other words.
I read a lot of books in my 20s, but I think I read more in my teens. By 19, I had read many of the classics, including Tale of Two Cities and Les Miserables, and also some of my all-time favorite books, like All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy.
During my 20s, I caught up a little on the books being published today that I missed while I was reading the classics as a teenager.
Here are my fifteen favorites…
I accomplished a lot in my 20s. I don’t know if I’ll ever top marrying Talia, becoming a father, writing my first book, and starting my first business. It was a breakthrough decade.
The last accomplishment in my list of top 5 accomplishments is that I bought a house. Honestly, though, this only made it to the list because I needed five. What I’m much more proud of is taking care of my house. Because a house isn’t just a place you live. It’s also a never ending list of projects that will take up all your time, energy, and money.
In my early 20s, I was at the pinnacle of my musical taste and acumen.
See Accomplishment #1, #2, and #3. When I was four, I overhear a word my parents said that would change my life: entrepreneur “What’s an entrepreneur?” I said (remember I was four). “It’s someone who starts a business.” “That’s what I want to do. I want to be an entrepreneur,” I said. Really. I’m not making that […]
Talia is telling me these posts need to be shorter or I’m never going to finish, so I’ll just say this:
When I was 27, I became a father.
Being a father is messy, stress-inducing, sleep-depriving, and often frustrating. And yet it’s made me a better man. I am more responsible, more trustworthy, more productive, and an altogether better person after becoming a father.