Live A Life You Choose.

Phantom Energy

There are infinite possibilities in life. Yet we often feel trapped. The weight of work, financial obligations, relationships and social expectations all become a binding, burdensome straight jacket. It feels like things won’t ever change. That we are powerless to push back and free ourselves. And that how things currently

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Player 1 Press Start

There are single player games and there are multiplayer games. Solitaire and Sudoku are single player games. Monopoly and Scrabble are multiplayer games. This clear separation exists in the video games as well. There are single player driven experiences, which tend to have a strong focus on rich story development

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It’s What Has To Be Done

I’ve been hearing this phrase a lot – in podcasts, interviews, and even personal conversations with people I most respect and admire. Maybe it’s a timely coincidence, or maybe for the first time I’m simply appreciating the value within this phrase. Regardless, it’s been rattling around my head the past

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Float Like A Cloud and Flow Like Water

As I get older, my conversations steer toward “well, what’s next?”.  This is inescapable with the people I am closest to. We discuss work, interests, and aspirations – then riff on what makes the most sense to do or how to make it happen. How to make the right move.  This is

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Sun’s Coming Up

I’ve been skydiving once. I have a clear recollection of that day and how I continued to process what was happening. The weight of what I had committed to settled in as I drove deeper into endless plots of corn and soybeans. On that drive I realized I didn’t know

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And Here. We. Go.

And…we’re live! A handful of days later than expected (as should be expected) and the new site is up and running. And so far, thankfully no data hacks or ransomware attacks – not bad for the first 24 hours.  So first, if you’re reading this – again, thank you…truly. Next,

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[Please Stand By]

If you’re reading this, I assume you are one of the 2-5 regulars we have on the site – so thank you!  Within the next 7 days we are hoping to have a new site up and running for G+D. It won’t be a dramatic facelift in terms of style,

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Cold, Dark, and Frosty

First day of fall. One of my favorite days of the year. A marker of so many of wonderful things soon to arrive – changing colors, darkness that slowly sets in as we get closer to winter, cold weather paired with baked goods, and enjoying the temperature progressively drop into

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That’s The Easy Reaction

A concept that spans a wide array of disciplines is the path of least resistance. With people, we regularly want to do what requires the least amount of effort. That’s a key origin of how habits form, particularly habits we don’t necessarily want to have or continue. It’s what we

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It’s So Often Boring…Oh And That Doesn’t Bend That Way

At my first job out of school, me and all the other consultants in my practice were issued our standard Lenovo’s. Model T450 if I remember correctly. Your laptop was a good signifier of your status and/or specialization at the company. The professional elites – Director level types – were

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A Walk Through A Garden Of Eden

There are places that, when traveled to, enhance our experience of life. Fantasies about Michelin rated meals, historic landmarks, and sun soaked beaches – things we plan long in advance to take a break from our day to day lives. Sometimes while on these trips, we have experiences that don’t

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Mjolnir’s Return

I love the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The trend started over 10 years ago with Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man has been a wildly entertaining and enjoyable ride. The films have undoubtedly had a positive impact on our social culture in their relatively short existence (while acknowledging how long

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A Rudderless Ship

Patience is a virtue. An aphorism that we have all been told, told to other people, and told to ourselves. Patience and consistency coupled together are a powerful concoction – the makings of greatness. But blind patience is weaponized attrition. It can leave us complacent and apathetic as our life

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A Way We Can All Be Like Mike

Image Source: The Last Dance   Michael Jordan is synonymous with greatness. I don’t need to give any background because everyone knows who he is. And The Last Dance only reinforced and detailed his achievements. He is the benchmark of hard work, discipline, and talent in a single entity. Everyone

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You’re Going To Die

Do you remember what it was like before you born? That’s most likely what we’re facing at the end when the lights go out for the final time. Not an experience of everlasting non-existence, just the final flick of a switch to set it back to nothing. I do sometimes

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Do Your Tools Need An Upgrade or Are You Not Ready?

Reading is one of the single most powerful activities in how it compounds over time. It can increase your ability to focus, expand your understanding of concepts and the world around you, and inspire your mind to become more creative and see the world in new ways. There are 2

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Living Above The Line

I would have never guessed that a single horizontal line would be one of the most interesting models I learned about. And I certainly wouldn’t have guessed that same model would have a meaningful impact on my life. Shane Parrish’s blog Farnam Street (and Podcast Initiative “The Knowledge Project”) is

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A Slow Drip

I was so close to not writing this. That last moment where you nod and confirm you’re going to hold of doing something until tomorrow when it was meant for today – I was at that moment and knew I’d regret it if I did it. Today was just a

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Groups and Gratitude

Every day is a good day for gratitude. Every day is a good day to make sure the people care most about know how you truly feel. Some days (like today) are better reminders than others, but they are all certainly good. Few things are more important than finding a

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4 Helpful Questions

Every day I try to remind myself to ask and answer 4 questions: What are my ultimate goals? What motivates me to be creative? What will stop me from achieving these goals? What can I do about it today? What are my ultimate goals? – It’s helpful to have some

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Well, You…No, You Gotta Do More Than That

Image Source: Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)   It’s crazy for me to think how much of my time I have spent wondering what to do. I wouldn’t necessarily call it reflecting…it’s always been more of a loud, near constant panic. Trying to figure out what steps I needed to take

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Take The Blame, Take Control

So much of what happens is not our choice or in our control. It makes it exceedingly easy to carry pieces of a passive mindset or victim mindset with us, which in turn only release control further. Things that happen in life, while difficult, are typically completely normal and common,

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The Mark 1 Is Born

Here is the first version of our logo. And the first non-written creation we want to share with everyone. The thinking behind the design:   The Light Bulb: This represents Grit – You. Your mind. What you can control in life.   The Dynamite: This represents…Dynamite – Life. Fate. The

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Beverly Laurel

I wanted today to be a little more brief. I want to mention 2 things I’ve been thinking about the last couple of days, then spend the rest of the day coming up with ideas for future topics and how to keep creating things I want to and that you

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The Caged Hummingbird

I had a dream a couple weeks ago. I can’t recall if it was a daydream or while I was asleep, but I still remember how vivid it was. In this dream I was sitting out on my balcony, looking out a few of the different house plants I have

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Starting New Habits

There are 24 hours in a day, and you are currently occupying all of them. Even without trying, one way or another the hours get allocated because they must. There is no saving time. There is no redistributing it once the day is gone. And the cycle repeats every 24

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They Lied About The Grass

By most metrics, I have a good job. I am compensated competitively, I have an uncommon amount of autonomy and schedule flexibility, and I have very few people I report to and have to interact with. I work at a small business that is technically a start-up, which increases my

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Perspective + Relativity: 2020

When external stresses fundamentally change how we live our daily life, we are forced into a situation of evaluation. We reflect on how severely the change has impacted our lives, what adjustments have to be made in response, and how we will choose to view the world around us in

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Building An Invisible Army

You wake up, bit of a blur. Didn’t really sleep as well or wake up when you had hoped. You throw some clothes on and head out to grab a couple of things before the day starts. Not really paying attention, as you are focused on the task at hand,

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A Sense of Togetherness

I saw a close friend of mine for the first time in a comparatively long time and in the myriad of topics discussed, we landed on your impact to other people and social responsibility / courtesy. Whenever we head out into the world, we are making dozens of little decisions.

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Capturing Nostalgia

The most beloved products are of good quality, consistent, and make the buyer feel excited about their purchase. The most excitement that can be created is usually linked back to a meaningful story, a connection to a community or an organization, or inspiring a sense of purpose and hope. We

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Soak It In

Image Source: Alesso album artwork Sometimes you’re a little burnt out. Didn’t quite catch the right sleep cycles, have a had a few rough days, or simply just don’t feel like yourself. In these moments it’s really easy to lose yourself and lose your capacity to show yourself empathy and

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Optimizing Into Fragility

For years my underlying obsession was finding a way to optimize my life and break away from needing to hold down a normal job or live within the neat parameters that corporate culture defines for us. Looking to people I had envied, I identified skills and accolades they carried and

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It’s Everywhere You Look

George Orwell’s 1984 is the first (and so far only) book I have ever read in a single day. I thought it would be good to familiarize myself with a classic that told a story that has been the standard fictional depiction for societies to point to as examples of

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A Great and Sustained Change

I recently had the realization that I derive the most value from changing and growing as a person. New hobbies, that first bite of a well-executed recipe, realizing how foolish my perspective and actions had been the previous year, and particularly the journey started here with Grit and Dynamite –

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129 Days

After today that’s what’s left for 2020. 129 days until January 1st, 2021. It’s not difficult to find a piece of thoughtware or a meme begging for this year to end. The most consistent topic I have seen is the hatred for the mere existence of the year 2020. And

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One More Year

Time is frequently painted to be both the most precious and villainous energy in the universe. It is invaluable, cannot be created, and no amount of political or financial capital can recapture lost Time. We use it in the literal to describe living in the moment, being present to truly

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I Just Want A Glimmer Of Hope

“I just want a glimmer of hope” That’s the only lyric to this song. Echoing throughout the sonic waves of glimmer. The brief clip of 2 guys speaking about music production (namely the utilization and oversimplification of bass) is a nice capture of one of life’s simplest but purest treasures

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Open Letter from Grit + Dynamite

How to start….hmmm….I guess I can just start? Probably the best way is just to start writing. Yep…just start. I think a lot of people often give that advice – just take action and you’ll find yourself along the way. Seems to be working so far? If you’re reading this

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