The “Do Something” Principle

This is an outstanding post from Mark Manson. Here are a few quotes from the article.

“if you lack the motivation to make an important change in your life, then do something, anything really, and then harness the reaction to that action as a way to begin motivating yourself.”

“Action isn’t just the effect of motivation, but also the cause of it.”

Take a look around his blog as he has some other gems out there that are worth your time.

Don’t just sit there – do something!


SketchUp is software program that claims to be the easiest way to draw in 3D.  I can attest to the validity of that statement.  When we were renovating the dining room in our house (including taking out a wall, adding a closet and mud room and more), I drew a 3D rendering (to scale) of what the room looked like in its current state and what the room would look like once completed.  This was immensely helpful to envision the final product and be able to communicate exactly what we’d like done to our general contractor. You can view all angles while zooming in and out and panning around the room.  This program is free and although there is a bit of a learning curve, it is fairly easy to catch on. If I can use this program, surely you can too.  Professionals use this software to render extremely detailed architectural drawings but you can use it for simple tasks like renovations, landscaping, a woodworking project, and more.

sketch rendering of home
An example of a SketchUp floor plan drawing

Fiskars X27 Super Splitting Axe (Guest Post from J.S.)

A loyal reader has recommended this as the best axe he’s ever used (and he’s used a lot). It apparently goes through solid logs like butter, stays sharp and is very easy to use.  This reader (and 2,948 five star reviewers on Amazon) are on to something.  If you need an axe, look no further!

Fiskars x27
The Fiskars X27 in action










Quote: “We are what we do repeatedly. Excellence is not an act, but a habit.”