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Compass vs Map

February 8, 2013 — 1 Comment


“Godin calls himself a teacher. He’d rather give his students a compass than a map. ‘I’m trying to say to people, just for a minute: Put on a set of glasses and see the world as I imagine it,’ he says. ‘Does it work for you? Does it feel right? Does it make sense? And, if it does, don’t do what I just said to do–that’s a cookie cutter. Invent your own next chapter.'” –Seth Godin in Entrepreneur Magazine, Feb 2013

Most people like to have a specific plan of action to follow. What’s the fastest way to get from point A to point B? So, we fire up Google Maps, type in our destination, then hit get directions.

This is fine much of the time. But life isn’t meant to be lived this way. We might know where we are, but we have no clue where we will end up later in life. And we often might be heading toward what we believe is the right destination, but one day we find out the place we are going to isn’t where we should be. Or, worse, that destination might not have ever existed in the first place.

A better approach to life is to live life by the compass. You know where you are. You have a good sense for the direction you should be heading. But you’re only desire is to move that direction. Figuring out the “right” or “best” path to get there isn’t important. It doesn’t matter.

Life is a journey. And it’s a short one. It’s better to enjoy the ride while you’re on it than to let life pass you by while you’re too worried about getting it right.

Hundred Chart Frog

December 17, 2012 — Leave a comment

Hundred Chart Frog

Recently my wife and I made the decision to home school our children. We’re going to give it our best shot for the foreseeable future. I have full confidence in Brea’s teaching ability (she taught first grade full-time at a public school for five years).

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“Through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the rulers.”

–Paul, Ephesians 3:10

How Important Is the Church?

“Incompetence irritates me, but overconfidence scares me. Incompetent people rarely have the opportunities to make mistakes that greatly affect things. But overconfident leaders and experts have the dangerous ability to create disaster.”
Malcolm Gladwell as quoted by Jon Acuff

Incompetence vs Overconfidence

“If you challenge the conventional wisdom, you will find ways to do things much better than they are currently done.”
–Bill James, as quoted in Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game

Conventional Wisdom

I admire the persistence of roofing companies, but they annoy me at the same time. Here’s a rundown of what just happened at my house.



Random roofing sales dude: “Hi, sir, I’m so-and-so with random roofing company. We’re in the neighborhood today offering free roof inspections. Have you had your roof inspected since the hail storms this Spring?”

Me: “No, but we can’t really do that right now.”

Sales dude: “Well, why not?”

Me: “Because we have a newborn baby sleeping.”

Sales dude: “We could come back tomorrow.”

Me: “No thanks.”


I mean, seriously. Do you really think I want someone climbing around on my roof right after we had a baby? Maybe I’m just cranky from lack of sleep, but I think it’s important to really pay attention to other people’s needs and desires when you’re trying to sell something. This guy didn’t really get that concept. He just wanted to make a sale.

[image via MJM]

We’re not yet officially to the most 100° days in a year, but this pretty much makes me think that 2011 will forever be considered the hottest summer ever.

Jadon Drew Rossen

Brea and I had our first son (third child) on Tuesday, August 30 at 3:42 am. We pulled into the hospital parking lot at 2:40 am, so we just barely made it in time. Brea didn’t start having contractions until 1:00 am. I’m glad I didn’t have to deliver the baby in the mini-van because I don’t think the girls would’ve been as much help as the hospital staff and nurses were.

Everybody is healthy and doing really well!

“You get the best out of others when you give the best of yourself.”  —Harvey S. Firestone

Getting the best from others

Words cannot adequately express how much I learned about life from watching this YouTube video.


Know of any other gems on YouTube? Share in the comments!