Zen to Done: Learning the Dream

Feeling confident, relaxed, and complete is a dream. Many people believe it’s an impossible dream.  I’m learning otherwise. I’m into my third month of acquiring positive habits with Leo Babauta’s Zen to Done method.  At the same time, I’m working the 30 day challenge.  What I’ve learned so far is that I hold onto too…

A Fresh Set of Downs

It’s first and ten again.  Most years New Years just sort of happens.  It arrives.  Getting out of 2008 felt like we went for it on 4th and 13 deep inside our own territory.  We pulled the goalie and went with  a sixth attacker.  We sent an injured Albert Pujols to pinch hit for our…

Gaining Control

I might have mentioned in an earlier post that I quit smoking about a month ago. I must thank Leo Babauta, his blog ZenHabits.net, and his ebook, Zen to Done, for giving me the motivation and confidence to quit. I have quit in the past. I went almost 4 years between 1998 and 2002, so…

A Bunch of Hooey

The silliness of companies knows no bounds. The latest act of corporate stupidity comes from the computer maker Dell. In its attempt to become the "greenest technology company on the planet," Dell made much of achieving some farcically theoretical "carbon-neutral" status.  But, like everything associated with AGW, there’s really no so thing.  WSJ points out…

Thomas Sowell on Outliers

I bought “Outliers” the day it hit the bookstores for one reason: 1.  Malcolm Gladwell is the best researcher-writer alive today. I declared the book the most important in a generation.  People made fun of me.  Well, Thomas Sowell comes close to echoing my reaction: This book is an outstanding achievement in itself, and its…

Free Madoff!

In a just world where all men are created with equal rights, Bernie Madoff would be a hero.  More than any other private sector figure, Bernie Madoff perfectly embodies the new American ideal.  What Madoff Did Bernie Madoff admitted to investigators that he created an enormous Ponzi–or pyramid–scheme.  He promised investors very high returns.  He…

The Look of 2009

Sometimes decades start early; sometimes they start late. The 1960s started with JFK’s assassination–until then, they were a lot like the 50s except with a young president whose economic policies were to the right of his Republican predecessor’s.  The 1970s culturally started with Woodstock in 1969.  As Hunter S. Thompson pointed out in Fear and…

Zen to Done: The Next Challenges

Several weeks ago, I posted about Leo Babauta’s Zen to Done method for Getting Things Done.  I apologize for not keeping up my blogging on my progress.  But one habit at a time.  Habit One:  Capturing Everything More than a month later, I can proudly say I’ve mastered the first step in the program.  I…