Get more kismet, or making your own opportunity

Getting more opportunities to change your destiny might seem to be a dangerous choice if you are focused on loss aversion. But making more decisions (and creating additional ways to succeed and to fail) is another way of increasing your learning, opening more doors, and what Rand Fishkin calls “manufacturing serendipity.” To folks worried about…

The Power of a Pause

At first glance, it seems like any other beach scene you’ve ever noticed. And then – right when you’re not expecting it – there is a strange and wonderful pattern in the water right in front of you. You only see it when you’ve unfocused a bit, and it’s only there for a minute –…

You never know when you’re going to see a cactus flower

This week I went from the 48 degrees and rainy world of the Pacific Northwest to the 90-plus degrees of the Sonoran Desert near Scottsdale, Arizona. I thought I was going to see cactii, cactii, and more cactii (it was true – I saw Barrel Cactus, Saguaro, Prickly Pear Cactus and more.) And one of…