After the financial crisis of 2008 and 2009, my friend and I decided to start a landscaping business. Neither of us had gone to landscaping school nor did we have a particular affinity for lawn-mowers. (At least, not yet.) But hey, we thought, we live in Florida, grass grows like crazy most of the year, and, like haircuts, lawn mowing is pretty recession-proof. More importantly, we would be “business owners” instead of restaurant waiters. Continue reading “I Charged Too Little to Mow the Lawn”
For the past year, I have been religiously going to the gym and exercising. It has been a wonderful way for me to relieve some stress and not turn into a walrus. But, for a while, I was working out alone. One day, a fellow graduate student made the first move and invited me to workout with him. Since then “the gains” have become much more noticeable.
Looking back at our lives, it is easy to point out the pivotal choices that determine where we are today. These decision-pebbles create ripples in the outcome-ponds of our lives. Often, we harp on the seemingly mundane decision that caused a traumatic event. “Had I just picked up the phone, I could have prevented X from happening!” or “Gosh, had I just chosen to go my usual way home, I wouldn’t have totaled my car!” It seems as if that one decision put our whole lives off balance. Continue reading “Your Life Is In Disequilibrium”