I find a lot of people’s thinking counter intuitive to success. Don’t worry how you’re going to pay for something, don’t worry about the minutia that holds you back, don’t worry about what is standing in your way: mountains can be moved (or, if you want to take a page from the Marine playbook: destroyed in 24 hours of less): look at the bigger picture.

I’m very much an existentialist: not the church, not the state we alone are in command of each of our fates and every day is another twenty four hours to get it right, but you won’t get anything done if you worry about the how.

You don’t need to worry about how. Worrying about how is what lets things die by committee and creates stomach cramps and pain and doubt and fear…you just have to know that whatever it is, it will.

To succeed you determine your end goal which means that you then have a starting point (where you are) and an end point (where you’re going to be)…and then you can plot how you’re going to get there; but the secret is to understand that failure does not exist, failure is a creation and a smokescreen by those who have given up hope, who embrace the darkness within themselves because it is easier than experiencing the (sometimes) necessary pain, tears, blood, sweat and sacrifice required to succeed. You do not fail. Yes, you may learn how to do something in so many ways as to make it not work (as Edison did) but you did. not. fail. You added information to a body of knowledge and in doing so allowed others slightly behind you, who are following the same path you are now blazing, to reach their goals more quickly and that is how you begin to leave your legacy because at some point it will click. There are only roads to success, in life it’s just a shame that so few people see them as they wallow in self pity because they’ve chosen the longer road rather than the shorter one. But if you keep on walking there are only so many times you can figure out how to make something not work until you find out how to make it work…and make it work well; learning each time how to change part of the equation to make it better.

The difference between those who do and those who regret is that those who regret see a bookstore as their end, as their 9-5, as their paycheck and do the minimal amount of work to get by: those who do, they see it as a business venture, a stepping stone to a corporate empire that they can conquer and dominate.

Those who do only see beginnings, those who regret see only endings.

I know where I am, I know where my end goal is, and right now the winds to my back and it’s the sunniest day I’ve seen in Buffalo for a long, long time.