Realigning My Priorities

There is this line in Tombstone where Wyatt asks what makes men act the way they do. Doc tells him that there’s a hole so deep down the middle of some people that they’ll never be able to steal, kill or hurt enough to fill it. I’ve got one of those holes too. A lot of people I know do. Most of us figure that because our efforts are productive that somehow makes them less desperate. It doesn’t.

At least, asPalahniuk wrote, Doc’s people have taken some control over their fate. At least they’ve got an inkling that something might be wrong. I don’t think you can say the same about the graduating Law class of 2008 or the queen of the crazies. I don’t want to be one of them.

They are two totally separate pursuits – production and peace. And the former will not create the later.

Written by Ryan Holiday
Ryan Holiday is the bestselling author of Trust Me, I’m Lying, The Obstacle Is The Way, Ego Is The Enemy, and other books about marketing, culture, and the human condition. His work has been translated into thirty languages and has appeared everywhere from the Columbia Journalism Review to Fast Company. His company, Brass Check, has advised companies such as Google, TASER, and Complex, as well as Grammy Award winning musicians and some of the biggest authors in the world. He lives in Austin, Texas.