small habits — small rules— big changes

So, continuing with the different style, here’s this weeks version of Monday Morning Medium! First off…

What I Enjoyed On Medium:

Jakub Ferencik

…in order to truly be able to escape one’s own bias, one needs to be completely familiar with differing opinions.

This post covers a lot of ground, but I’m going to hone in on the first section of Jakub’s post.

Ryan Holiday talks about Peter Thiel’s “Steel Man” argument. Instead of creating a Straw Man argument, he seeks out his opponent’s best arguments. I would argue that this is a superior way to learn about someone else’s viewpoint. …

The One Where I Ask You A Question

Aleksejs Bergmanis

I have a question for you.

But before asking you the question, let’s go over this week’s edition of Monday Morning Medium!

What I Read On Medium

Nicolas Cole

This is important. There’s a knowledge gap, a blind spot if you will, when it comes to finances. We’ve grown up chasing the American Dream (tm) without realizing that actually saving and investing money is a great way to create wealth.

Most of these tips are super simple, and they won’t suddenly make you a millionaire, but they ARE useful. (Especially number 1 and number 10.)

This is an area where we need more education, and…

This is the one where I break the rules… Again.


I barely read ANYTHING on Medium this week. Between work, life, and Destiny 2 (yeah, that might have been a bad idea…) I’ve been pretty busy. But here are two of the favorite things I read this week!

Seth Godin’s Blog — Inciteful

I can’t believe that my commentary on a blog will actually be longer than the actual blog.

Being Inciteful is difficult. Seth Godin argues that “The right answer might not be the best thing you can say.”

Sometimes encouraging action is what is required. …

Monday Morning Medium #20


Ok, this might not be a big deal for others… But I can’t believe that I’ve made it to week #20, without having missed a week, or even sending it out late.

That’s a big deal for me!

Special thanks to Jakub Ferencik for his encouragement throughout the process! He’s kicking butt on Medium, you should definitely check him out! The breadth of what he writes about is incredible!

Also, my most recent post in The Writer’s Cooperative did surprisingly well, I don’t think I’ve ever had 20 people interact within 24 hours. …

Wait, is this title too wordy?

I am… Long-winded.

I wanted to use more words to describe myself, but I stopped.

Source: Today Testing

When I am asked to speak, it’s hard to finish in the set amount of time. And when I’m writing, it’s easy for me to hit 700–1000 words per article.

For some people, that’s not a lot. For me, I think that’s 200 too many words. (I’m already over 100 words, and I just finished the introduction to my post!)

I think these are the reasons I use too many words:

I want you to understand WHY I decided to talk about this subject for…

By Zachary Forget

I only wish I were this awesome as I prepare to go to work with my boring backpack.

It’s been a crazy week. My bike was stolen, as was my wife’s. Good news is that we’re both out of shape and never use our bikes… So… Joke’s on you bike thief?

But yeah, that’s my random update on life. Now, on to the good stuff!

Five Ways to Free Up Time to Write.

Shaunta Grimes

  • Each of the five ideas presented are incredibly simple yet effective.
  • The first one (setting tiny goals,) might be old news to many, but they are all extremely valuable.
  • It reminded me that we all have time to write. We might not have spare hours to work on writing 10 pages…

Seth Godin’s Seven Ways To Lead Your Tribe With Purpose

We need fearless leaders. We need you. — Credit: mali maeder

I read Seth Godin’s Tribes. Again. (Because it is that good.)

Eighteen pages of notes later, here are seven ways to jumpstart your tribe.

1. Challenge the status quo.

“Leadership is about creating change you believe in.”

Creating change is for “heretics.” Seth Godin reminds us that change is scary, it makes people uncomfortable. New is scary, because new is unstable.

But if we don’t challenge the status quo, no one else will.

“It’s about… Destroying the status quo, because the status is not quo. The world is a mess and I just need to rule it.”

— Dr. Horrible

Leaders see the problem with…

Part One: What does Proverbs have to do with me?

Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash

Nor is this an exhaustive list of why I do go to the Bible for wisdom and guidance. That post may never come, at least not on Medium.

What is Wisdom?

Hold on a second, let’s define wisdom first.

It would be counterproductive to talk about wisdom before defining it!

Wisdom or sapience is the ability to think and act using knowledge, experience, understanding, common sense, and insight, especially in a mature or utilitarian manner. There appears to be consensus that wisdom is associated with attributes such as compassion, experiential self-knowledge, non-attachment and virtues such as ethics and benevolence.
Source: Wikipedia

I would…

By Zachary Forget

Medium continues to delight. I just got Top Writer Status in the Books category, and I found the following incredible articles. Enjoy!

Why You Should Reach Out To One Badass Person Every Day

Tom Kuegler

Two weeks in a row Tom! I wanted to put this in last week’s post as basically a side-note to another post of his, but I decided to put him in both weeks, because his content is consistently amazing, and he deserves it!

As Tom insists,

Your network is everything.

So treat it well, take care of it, grow it! I’m trying to do that a bit via these posts, but I know I can do…

Ok. Quick confession.

I didn’t ACTUALLY have time to read all 100 of these books, so I just looked at the title and the cover photo, and made an educated guess about the actual content of the book. Here are my findings.

This image, and all subsequent images, were taken directly from

One. A Clockwork Orange, by Anthony Burgess.
A great memoir of the the nameless Clocksmith of Orange County, California. In the face of adversity from the “Clockers” (what the Clock illuminati call themselves,) our nameless Clocksmith rises above adversity and becomes the greatest Clocksmith ever to have set foot in Southern California.

Zachary Forget

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