De Vita Principia: #84: Never be afraid to take a chance. When you take a chance, you will either succeed or fail, but, if you never try, you will always fail. ​

“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” – Wayne Gretzky

“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordan

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas Edison

“You gotta act. And you’ve gotta be willing to fail, you gotta be ready to crash and burn, with people on the phone, with starting a company, with whatever. If you’re afraid of failing, you won’t get very far.” – Steve Jobs

Every one of the above-quoted contributors is overwhelmingly considered successful. Whether it be sports, technology or some other field, there is a strongly defined definition of success and failure. The difference is simply this:

If you never try, you will always fail.

It doesn’t matter what you are trying for. Maybe its to get a high paying job. Perhaps its to write a book or innovate at something you believe will change the world (hopefully for the good of all). If you never try, you will always fail.

Put it another way; if you just sit back and dream and never try, you are being selfish. A dream is just a goal without a deadline. You will keep that dream to your self and never share it. Now, doesn’t that sound selfish? If you reach just one other person out of a hundred, a thousand, ten thousand, etc…. all the way up until the number of souls in the universe… Just one person? Well, that is still light years above reaching no one.

You owe it to your fellow souls to at least try. If you fail, you are still successful because at least you tried. The world is full of people that haven’t tried. Don’t be one of those people.

De Vita Principia #1: Never order food that is delivered through a window. ​

So I don’t remember where I heard this, but I definitely think it is a good life rule.

#1: Never order food that is delivered through a window.

Today, things move at a fast pace and we expect our food at an even faster pace. This is why places like McFastFood and Burger Royalty are so popular. We believe that we are so busy that we cannot spare a few extra moments to wait for food that is not trying to kill us.

Keep in mind, I don’t believe that fast food joints are maliciously trying to kill us, no. That would kill their bottom line (pun intended). Instead, I believe that they are not concerned about long-term ramifications of what we are ordering. A gallon of soda, a side of oil-saturated potatoes and something that may or may not be beef between bread that never molds*. Chalk it up to answering to shareholders or gaining the instant gratification that they serve to their billions of customers. McFastFood-like joints are in the business of serving an impatient society, and they are killing it at what they do. (Still, pun intended)

Based on this and the innate, human logic that if you can order, pay for and receive your food in the amount of time it takes to pull your car to the next window, it probably isn’t the best thing to be putting into your body. If things continue, it’s just a matter of time before we have a delivery system that will inject the food directly into you while you drive through. No stopping involved.

* Disclaimer: I love the taste of McFastFood but try to stay away from them when I can.