BRENT STOLLER

Writer. Advice giver. Peanut butter and chocolate enthusiast.

Progress is Fleeting, But Process is Permanent

I am a renter.

I’m renting every bit of progress I’ve made — physically, emotionally, creatively.

And it takes far less than a missed monthly payment to have it repossessed.

When the Rain Wouldn’t Stop

There are no words. But I’m going to try to come up with some.

Houston, my hometown and current home, along with much of Southeast Texas and parts of Louisiana, have been ravaged by Hurricane Harvey.

But somehow, someway, I have come out of this disaster unscathed. And I’m not sure how to feel about that.

Achievement Day

If my wife and I are ever lucky enough to have children, there are numerous policies I’d like to institute.

One of them is a special holiday that’s built on some of the most important lessons I could ever teach them.

The Definition of Courage

Do the thing you fear, and the death of that fear is certain. 

I’ll always attribute that quote to my dad, as it’s one of his primary pieces of fatherly guidance.

And while I’ve done my best to follow the first half of that proverb, I’ve rarely reaped the benefits of its second half.

Ask the (Dumb) Question

Don’t be afraid to ask the “dumb” question.

I was reminded of this wisdom today while reading about Malcolm Gladwell in Tim Ferriss’ “Tools of Titans.”

Gladwell, a renowned author, has built his career on asking questions — a skill he learned from his father.