Stop Thinking and Do It
It’s important to think and plan for situations that you expect to encounter in your life, but thinking and planning can never come close to actually experiencing the situation first hand.
You can’t learn to program by reading a book—you can only prepare yourself to learn to program. You have to actually program to learn.
You can’t learn to write by reading the Elements of Style. You have to write to learn to write.
You can talk about acting boldly and fearlessly, and you can imagine that’s what you’d do when push comes to shove, but until you put yourself in the situation that will test your courage and resolve you will never really know, and you’ll never really grow.
You may be surprised at the ways you screw it up at first, but the good news is that with enough work and maybe enough groveling, you can go back and make it right.
Clean Pain, Dirty Pain
I have a Border Collie named Shakti, who has Addison's Disease. She needs a hormone injection every month to prevent her electrolytes from becoming so out of balance that her cardiovascular system collapses, causing seizure followed by painful death. She's as smart as a small child, and she was rescued from an abusive family. She worries when we go to the vet because the waiting room is loud and crowded, and that makes her nervous. On the other hand, she barely responds when the actual injection goes into her thigh. Contrast with an *actual* small child visiting the doctor for...
How My Failure on Video Turned to Success
Today was the day that months of effort, research and investment would have paid off if I hadn't failed on video. ## The Setup I have been talking to a couple local photographers to figure out lighting equipment and environment issues. I bought the softbox lighting, and light stands. I bought the backdrop, then secured it in place with copious velcro. It took me hours just to first create a loop at the bottom using fabric tape, then fill the loop with a bag of black aquarium gravel to weigh the fabric down evenly across the length of the backdrop....