BRENT STOLLER

Writer. Advice giver. Peanut butter and chocolate enthusiast.

Embrace the Bad Draft

Every time I sit down to write, I engage in a staring contest with my vacant screen.

Some times last longer than others. But every time there’s at least a part of me that’s convinced my well has run dry, that this time, I’m not going to know what to say and I’m going to be found out as a fraud.

The Case Against Boycotting

When it comes to a cause/ideology/belief, is any form of support a show of support?

At what point do you cross over from making a concession to being complicit?

In Defense of Participation Trophies

If there’s one symbol that represents what many believe is the softening of our society, it’s the participation trophy — those meaningless mounts of plastic given to every member of a youth sports team, regardless of accomplishment.

If you didn’t do anything to earn it, the thinking goes, how can you appreciate it?

Slow Down

Flowers

Slow down. You’re moving too fast.

Actually, a lot of us are.

A lot of us are in such a hurry to get to that next meeting, to respond to that next email, to make that next dollar that we’re on the verge of spinning out of control.

The One Rule to Live By

Whenever there’s something you need to do, go ahead and do it. 

Don’t second-guess it. Don’t overthink it.

Just do it.