Facing Reality

This is a very important lesson. You must never confuse faith that you will prevail in the end—which you can never afford to lose—with the discipline to confront the most brutal facts of your current reality, whatever they might be.

Jim Stockdale, 8-year Vietnam Prisoner of War

Handling Haters

In disputes upon moral or scientific points, ever let your aim be to come at truth, not to conquer your opponent. So you never shall be at a loss in losing the argument, and gaining a new discovery.

Benjamin Franklin

All Is Being Purified

“This life therefore, is not righteousness, but growth in righteousness, not health but healing, not being but becoming, not rest but exercise. We are not yet what we shall be, but we are growing toward it: the process is not yet finished but it is going on. This is not the end but it is the road; all does not yet gleam in glory but all is being purified.”

-Martin Luther

Honest, Loving, Direct Words

Most people go through their entire lives without anyone, ever, speaking honest, loving, direct words to the most damaging issues in their lives. Pause for a moment, and count the times this has been done for you. Better, pause and count the times you have offered this to someone you love.

– John Eldredge, Beautiful Outlaw

Hiding from Ourselves

This is how most of us approach our entire lives—we hide what we can, work on what we feel is redeemable, and despise the rest.

There is a better way.

—John Eldredge, Free to Live

Designing with Anti-Patterns

Here’s a quick thought experiment to try out at your next design studio: Design a product made to bore, aggravate or offend your customers.

Now compare these anti-designs to your actual offering. How similar are they to each other?