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This site is my personal collection of notes and opinions on athletics, work, and life.

Why I Follow The Work Of Very Few People

While I can totally appreciate a good one-liner, I live for deep explanations.

If the explainer is someone I admire, give me a 3-hour podcast over a 10-min radio interview any day. I’ll take a 500-page book over a 4-sentence social media post with every chance I get.

I want to learn about their process. This way I can try it on, see how it feels, keep what I like, and move on. This feedback loop of mimicking work and curating it for my personal taste is far more useful to me than simply accepting advice “because someone said so”.

I don’t follow people for prescriptions. I don’t need someone to tell me what to do. I need them to set examples, tell stories, and open mental doors.— Read More…

They Claim Passion, But Bleed Desperation

Lately I wince at the word “passion”.

I know it’s important. I know it’s something I feel towards certain areas of my life. But as I’ve written before, I am also scared when people think it’s what will carry them through any and all difficulties. You know those people, who feel that if they could just keep chasing the dream job it will come to them, and they will “never have to work a day in their life.”

To my delight, today’s Pocket email lead me to re-stumble upon a phenomenal and thorough expansion of this idea today from one of my faves, Ryan Holiday, and I wanted to share it with you.— Read More…

Andrea & Friends 003 – Lawrence Judd

Lawrence Judd is the Director of Operations of Shredded by Science (SBS), which is the industry leader in online coaching for personal trainers.

That very same company invited myself and the other 3DMJ coaches out to London to do a seminar in the summer of 2016, where I got to spend a week with Lawrence and all of his SBS fam.

While I didn’t know much about him before that, we have since become full-fledged internet buddies, appeared on each other’s podcasts, and generally enjoy invading each other’s Snapchat feeds with images of dogs and #FitChick humor.— Read More…

Andrea & Friends 002 – Ian McCarthy

Ian is the owner, coach, and content creator of Lifting For Life, LLC.

While I have met Ian in person many times before, I always left with some sense of mystery as to how his brain ticked.

Since first watching his videos back in 2012, I found him to be extremely fascinating and get super hung up on how he operates, so having him on this podcast for over 2 hours was a real treat for me.

Please enjoy our chat about youtube, family, anorexia, critical thinking, social media, and a whole whole lot more.

Here is the second installment of Andrea & Friends with Ian McCarthy. — Read More…