Be a 10% ‘er

Casino Roulette

Bet on recovery.

I’ll begin with a question: If I told you that if you do your therapy exercises for a couple of hours every single day, every week, for weeks and months, for several years – and as a result, you’d only have a 10% chance of recovery, would you do them? Suppose I told you that not doing your therapy exercises at all would result in a 0% chance of recovery? (more…)

The Obstacle Is the Way: The Ancient Art of Turning Adversity to Advantage, by Ryan Holiday

The Obstacle Is the Way

The Obstacle Is the Way: The Ancient Art of Turning Adversity to Advantage, by Ryan Holiday, from $8.85 on Amazon:


Generally speaking, I don’t seek out ancient wisdom and philosophy from 30-year-olds. However, Ryan Holiday is something of a prodigy with half a dozen books under his belt. This one is a very articulate and thorough introduction to the philosophy of Stoicism. (more…)

Attitude Is Everything

Attitude Is Everything

So you’ve suffered a stroke and now you find yourself trapped in a body that no longer works the way it did before. You can act like you’re in prison, or you can make the best of it. Which will you choose?

Steve Wampler

El Capitan

This slab of rock is El Capitan. For those of you who haven’t heard of El Cap, it’s a 7,500-foot sheer cliff in Yosemite National Park.

My friend Steve Wampler, who is wheelchair-bound with cerebral palsy, made it to the top. When he’s not accomplishing the impossible, he runs a non-profit wheelchair camp for disabled children in the wilderness near Lake Tahoe, CA. (more…)

Attitude Adjustment

Gary Larson Far Side

From Gary Larson’s The Complete Far Side Collection, $67.22 on Amazon:


I have a good friend who is relentlessly optimistic. No matter how bad the situation, he always sees the positive side of things. I swear that he could trip and fall headfirst into a septic tank, only to climb out and cheerfully explain how the contents are good for the complexion. He’s damned near bulletproof when it comes to attitude. Sometimes he is so optimistic that I just want to slap him. (more…)