On Hardship, Opportunity, Transformation, and Fear - Part 3

On Hardship, Opportunity, Transformation, and Fear - Part 3

“Life is not a sport like ice skating, where you slice a shape through surrounding material. Life is more like surfing, or mountain biking, where you choose your line as fast as you can see the information flying at you and you make infinite split-second decisions about tiny adjustments so that you bounce off of everything properly and don't fall and die. Like riding a wave, or riding a line, you have to relax and be flexible and responsive to ride the waterfall.”

On Hardship, Opportunity, Transformation, and Fear - Part 2

On Hardship, Opportunity, Transformation, and Fear - Part 2

“I operate on the principle that everyone is, or should be, fundamentally a philosopher and scientist, so that's how I'm going to pontificate about this; this piece is for those who appreciate the theory of self-actualization but are still yet to act, not those who lack the necessary attitude in the first place. … Anyway, as a scientist and philosopher, you must operate with a willingness to examine how things work -- both yourself, and things outside of yourself. This necessitates a willingness to change your expectations and assumptions, right down to your logical processes themselves.”

On Hardship, Opportunity, Transformation, and Fear - Part 1

On Hardship, Opportunity, Transformation, and Fear - Part 1

“I used to know how to find a single-serving mentor in the heat-packing gangster from out of state standing guard for a coke deal at four in the morning. And I used to know how to find a mentor in everyone else I met, too. And there's no excuse for not continuing to live like that, using every bit of information and inspiration as much as possible.”