All posts tagged ‘change

Ideal Conditions

As promised, here’s a bad piece of good advice:1 Create ideal conditions. Before you even start something, make it fail-proof. Waiting for ideal conditions can be either blazingly smart or sheepishly stupid, and it shows perfectly how good advice really is a mixed bag. Let’s take an example… say, writing a book. You want to […]

Surprisingly Friendly

The surefire way to get frisked by distrustful Colombian cops is to walk on the streets of Cartagena with a bunch of longhaired metal fans dressed in black. If you’re lucky, the first patrol might pass on because of more important matters on their to do list – but at the latest the second one […]

How to Make Change Real

How is that icicle in Columbus doing? Did it grow? Did it melt? Whatever you personal icicle is, take a moment to look at it. Look at the situation you find yourself in. Look at your job (or your unemployment), look at your relationships, at your friends, at your hobbies. Look at your talents, your […]

How to Change Your Life

So you want to live an interesting life. But right now, you’re sitting in a cubicle in Columbus, Ohio, and it’s 24 degrees Fahrenheit. There’s icy cold water dropping off the roof in front of your office window. The sky is grey, as it has been for the last four weeks. As it will be […]

How to Live an Interesting Life

When I felt two guys trying to grab stuff from my pockets for the fourth time in a row, this year’s fiestas somehow lost a bit of their appeal. Sure, everybody knows that the main event of Cartagena’s independence celebrations can get a little chaotic at times: People throw firecrackers, cornflour and blue dye powder; […]