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I can see almost any argument from both sides. It’s a gift and a curse, I guess. On the one hand, I can be compassionate and understanding about sensitive issues. On the other hand, it makes it difficult to passionately take a stand.

See what I mean? I’m doing it right now!

In these days of political correctness, it’s rare to find someone willing to stand up and say what they really believe. I think that’s a shame and it’s something I’ve resolved to be better at.

When I see an opportunity to speak out about something I truly believe in, I try to take it every chance I get now. That’s one of the main reasons I started Riskology.co. I want my biggest ideas and most important thoughts to be heard.

I want a platform where I can take a stand for something I care about and find other people that care as well.

I’ve been writing here since June and I think that I’ve done a pretty good job of letting you know what this site is about and what my mission is. However, I don’t know that I’ve really done a great job letting you know who I am – who I really am.

That’s why, today, I’m going to take a big risk and tell you. These are the ideas and philosophies that shape the person that I am and I’m going to go out on a limb and take a stand for them.

Some are political. Some are ethical. Some are purely philosophical. Whatever they are, I can practically guarantee that you will disagree with at least one of them. You might even disagree so strongly that you decide to unsubscribe and never read this site again. It’s a risk I’m willing to take so that you can know who I really am and what I believe in.


The next 16 statements are the real me. They’re my most honest and truest opinions about life, work, and humanity in general:

  1. People miss all the best opportunities in life when they try to play it safe and I’ve made it a point in my life now to remove comfort and safety from most parts of my decision making process. It’s one of the best things I’ve ever done.
  2. If you have enough money to buy dinner and sleep safely tonight, then you owe it to society to help those that don’t. A part of my income every year goes to helping those less fortunate than I am. I believe that there are people that take advantage of that, and I also believe that’s a terrible excuse not to do your part.
  3. Adults should not live with their parents. Maybe there are a few exceptions to this, but getting out on my own was one of the best things I’ve ever done for myself. Self-reliance is the most important skill a person can learn.
  4. You do not owe it to anyone to do work that you hate. When you work on things that don’t inspire you, you do a poor job. It’s better to quit finding excuses to keep doing it so that you can move on to something better and let someone else that actually cares take over.
  5. Anyone is capable of creating the life that they want, but not that many will. I don’t buy the argument that if everyone did what they wanted, the world would fall apart simply because I don’t believe that everyone will ever do that. Maybe someday they will. In the mean time, I’ll just keep working on myself.
  6. Every business should do what’s right for humanity before what’s right for its shareholders. I don’t know how we got to the point where we have to choose between what’s right and what makes money, but I, for one, am interested in reversing that process in my own little way.
  7. If your marriage sucks no matter how hard you work at it, you should get a divorce. People make mistakes and poor choices and feeling like you’re forced to simply live with them doesn’t actually make the world better for anyone.
  8. Governments should keep their laws off of my body (and anyone else’s). Don’t tell me what I have to put in or on my body to stay safe and don’t tell anyone else what kind of life-changing decisions they have to make because you have an opinion on the matter.
  9. Religious dogma does more harm than good in the world. As long as the dominant religions of the world rely on their masses to follow a strict code of conduct rather than make decisions for themselves, we’ll continue to see wars and inequalities propagated onto the many by the few. I’d like to see that change.
  10. If we let the earth fix itself, it will do so by eliminating us. No, we don’t have to clean up our mess. Mother Nature will do it for us, but we won’t like her solution.
  11. Never leaving home is the biggest culprit of xenophobia. People are only afraid of what they don’t know. If everyone knew just one person from another culture, we could take a lot of power away from those that want us to fight each other. Nationalism is a disease.
  12. Homosexuality is biological, and every person deserves every right that anyone else does. However someone decides to live their life that doesn’t directly harm someone else is fine by me. All the debate over who deserves what makes me sick.
  13. The world does not need me to save it from itself. It needs me to help where I can and get out of the way when I don’t know what I’m doing.
  14. The water you drink, food you eat, and air you breathe should never be allowed to be owned by a private party. We can trade what is rightfully ours for money and simplicity, but we won’t like what we get in return.
  15. A person is happiest when they’re doing meaningful work, not when they’re relaxing. The idea that happiness is sitting on a beach drinking a margarita is mostly a myth.
  16. You can’t build a bomb that will protect you from ideas that are better than yours.


That’s me in a 16 point nutshell. I hope it gives you a little better insight into my personality and what drives me and my agenda for this site. If you read through that list with disgust, then I won’t be upset if you decide that we’re not right for each other anymore.

More likely, though, you probably agreed with some things and disagreed with others. This is our opportunity. We probably won’t ever see eye-to-eye on everything, but that’s no reason we can’t learn important lessons about risk-taking from each other. That’s the common thread that binds us here.

I hope you feel a little more connected to me, and I hope to see you again on Monday. If you’re new around here and you want to learn more, feel free to sign up for free updates.

Now how about you? Is there anything you’d like to take a stand for today?


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  1. Excellent post. I’m just working on some content for a new blog which I’m setting up and trying to be honest and real is one of the key things I want to achieve – but it’s easier said than done to cut through the crap!

  2. It’s always interesting to read the inside thoughts of a blogger. There are so many bloggers and authors whose work I read, but I never truly learn about their philosophies and beliefs.

    I definitely agree with #4; people who have a job just to pay the bills aren’t going to do that job nearly as well as someone who’s inspired every day.

    But I don’t agree with #5, though I think we’re viewing the point in a different way. I know a lot of people (kids included, whom I’ve taught), who cannot create a life they want, in part because they have no resources – education, money, etc. – and because they don’t even know it’s an option. Sounds too much like the “American Dream” of freedom, which is fine and well for the privileged (myself included), but not for all people, including Americans.

  3. I’m with Lisa, above. The biggest enemy of people creating their own lives is ignorance. Is it theoretically possible for them to create their own lives if they don’t even know they can? I think you say yes. I say no.

    I love #16, though :) Aptly put.

  4. Well, I didn’t see anything too controversial there. I don’t think you’ll be getting many unsubscribes. :)

    7. Amen to that. Was surprised to see getting married on your list 😉 Well, I guess this site is about Riskology.co after all.

    9. I don’t blame religion for wars these days. Wars today are business, pure and simple. Money is the fuel of wars. Without money wars wouldn’t happen. Ask yourself this, can you think of any logical reason why Iraq and Afghanistan happened? WOMD? Oil, perhaps? Now ask yourself this, who profits from these wars? Who indeed. How about the companies who make billions in profit from the sale of weapons, ammunitions, equipment etc? Or the companies who make billions in profits from reconstruction programmes? Could it be? And what kind of connection exists between the politicians in power and these mega corporations? Hmm, you will see some interesting things there. Think of wars as a transfer of tax payer’s money to the defence and reconstructions companies. In fact it is more like theft of tax payer’s money on a breathtaking scale, right under our noses. Mostly, religion is peaceful, but you do need to watch out for the people who profit from war.

  5. Tyler, you never cease to amaze me brother. I don’t know what it is that draws me to your site at times, but I am pleasantly entertained every time that I visit. This particular post really resonated with a lot of my own core beliefs and has also inspired me to take a look at other things that I hold to be my truth. Great job bro.

  6. thanks, tyler, so much for sharing your nutshell! my friend, leslie (who introduced me to your ebook a l’il while ago), and i have had a great time talking about your site, sharing your posts (and other fun stuff) with our friends and co-workers, and simply reflecting. your “… most honest and truest opinions about life, work, and humanity in general” are so truly inspiring. your 16 point nutshell will make its rounds in the little cubeopolis world i spend much of my time. and i’d imagine several of your shares (4, 6, 8, 10, 13, 14, 15) are definite chit-chat/debate topics for my little cubicle world! (and i love #15)

  7. Don’t take this the wrong way Tyler, but those are 16 crappy reasons to unsubscribe from the site. [and that’s a good thing]

    I read Riskology.co because you make me think =). Part of that is having opinions I disagree with. Actively engaging with people I’m not 100% in agreement with makes me actively make sure the things I stand for are actually things I believe, not just things I’ve ‘accepted.’

    Thanks for being you Tyler.

  8. Yeah, I pretty much agree with all of those. I would even go further on a few of them. My guess is that you won’t get too many unsubscribes though. Most of that isn’t too controversial unless you’re a right-winger. And I can’t imagine that you’re blog is going to attract too many of those. 😉

    I love number 10. So true. Have you ever heard of the Gaia hypothesis? Kind of a similar idea, some people take it too far and get all weird and new agey with it. Check it out here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaia_hypothesis

  9. I get nervous even thinking about taking a risk like the one you just took.

    I’m a lurker by nature, but while I’m out in the open typing a comment, I’d like to thank you for all that you’re doing here. I’m not sure what my big risks should even be, but when I figure that out I’ll have plenty of information and inspiration. :)

    • Hey Stephanie. You don’t have to start big if you don’t know what direction to head. Just pick something small that feels good and makes your heart race a little. Small, exciting things can lead to much bigger, more meaningful things.

  10. My man, the world needs more people like you. They’re calling you a badass in Twitter for this kind of brave exposing post, and I couldn’t agree more with your attitude (and I applaud you!).

    I hope your message fuses with mine and everyone else’s who wish to get something more out of life!

    These kind of posts are truly inspiring and quite encouraging.

    Cheers, lots of them! 😀


  11. Well, sitting on a beach sipping a margarita is a lovely pastime, but only if it’s shared with people who are involved in being there and savoring the moment. After that it’s just another drunk. Being engaged and involved with what you’re doing is the best. Still working on finding it!

  12. Wow Tyler, this is just amazing! I love everything you’ve said here and I think we may have been separated at birth! I’m so glad that I found your blog a few months ago and I’m so glad that you are doing what you’re doing. You are just wonderful and the world is better with you in it.


  13. Tyler, You are my HERO. I love this. And I forwarded it to everyone I know. Thanks for writing this. You just made the world a better place.

  14. Agree and disagree. But I don’t think you’ll lose too many readers considering the type of person who comes to a site about embracing life in its fullness and frailty.

    Before reading this, I just took a stand by unsubscribing to Psych Central newsletter, and leaving a comment as to why. I told them I disagreed with the drug panacea promotion. Nowhere does the publication promote complete body health to heal mind issues.

    I am in one of those marriages that currently sucks, and it’s b/c my husband has many, many difficult issues. But I refuse to give up on him or our marriage. I believe we were meant to be, and I believe we can overcome this mammoth mountain by making radical changes in our diet and lifestyle.

    Here’s to going for it, all out, no holds barred!

    • Hi Leah. Thanks for leaving your thoughts and good for you for standing up for what you believe in. I’m more than happy to have some folks around here who disagree with me as long as it helps everyone make better decisions for themselves.

  15. Tyler, I don’t believe you’re really going to lose any of your readers because of your personal thoughts. You’re doing a good job with you site and people are enjoying it. Ride fast & Take chances.
    Salute, Huff

  16. Taking a risk by revealing yourself is definitely advanced. And asking your audience to read your 16 Points placed an additional advanced risk on them. It’s a win/win. Inviting people to read the real-you also invites others to do some thinking. Thinking about our own values and morals and political stances can be a major risk because that in itself can cause turmoil to some, while on the other bring comfort to others.

    Thinking is a real risk these days. In fact, thought itself has always been a risk. Many people have written items exposing themselves to the world and inviting others to contemplate their thoughts at great risk. Many have perished by simply putting their thoughts and ideas out there. We are blessed to live in a country where we can freely do this kind of public thinking. However, some aren’t. I feel that your work, even by simply causing someone to think about themselves, is not only a needed risk but automatically makes it a success.

  17. Tyler
    Like you said I agree with some and disagree on some, some rather seriously. That said, I think #16 will be rattling my cage for a long time….I’m not here because you’re just like me, rather because you get me to think differently than I have previously.

  18. I don’t consider it important which of these you and I may agree or disagree on. Your path to this point is both different than mine and responsible for your “rules of life”. Vive la difference! I would LOVE to discuss how my experiences possibly bring me to different conclusions than yours (on some points) by exploring the doubt. My fear is that if neither of us acknowledge doubt there will be no ground for discussion. Really no place for “right” and “wrong”. (Think US Legislative Branch) Thanks for thought provocation!

    • No doubt about it Kim, I have doubts about my beliefs sometimes as well and I’ve changed positions on ideas I’ve held very strongly before when new evidence suggests I was wrong.

      Consistency is one of the most important traits a person can possess, but a foolish consistency causes more trouble than good.

  19. You are on a roll Tyler. I like #10, it’s very true…but this is how people act in all sorts of different situations as well. We put off and do what is easy and what we know because change is painful.

    Like the founding fathers said:

    “all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than by abolishing the forms of which they are accustomed.

    Only when we have pushed ourselves to the edge, and have have exhausted every wrong will we do what is right.

  20. Well, there’s definitely a few I disagree with. I’m looking forward to a healthy debate over a couple beers whenever I make it out that way 😉

    If I wanted to only read stuff I 100% agreed with I’d read my own site everyday. Oh wait, I already do that :-)

    Great post, Tyler. Nice to meet ya… again.

  21. One of the most atrocious things someone/entity can do is #14. I can’t believe we live in a world where we have privatized water – it’s sickening.

    As for the others, I’m right there with ya man.

    It’s funny because I do have a problem with fundamental ideas but it’s only if they’re not open to logic. It’s okay to stand strong for what you believe in and I don’t think anyone should be censored for the fact but you have to be open to the ideas of others; you have to think.

    What’s great to hear is that there are people that are open to these things out there, such as yourself Tyler – I think that’s one of those effects of the net; older generations were divided by physical location which put them into these mindsets that were the same as their parents. The net came at such a great time for people around our age because it let us connect with every person in the world; we no longer rejected people.

    Stand strong to your beliefs man, it’s what makes you who you are and that’s all you can be – true to yourself.

    • The ability for people to congregate all over the world based on ideas and interests rather than on convenience of location is the greatest achievement of the net, in my opinion.

  22. I just very recently found this site, and thanks to this post, I have already gotten a good peek inside your head, Tyler. Enough of a peek to know that I agree with about 98% of the 16 points, and that I’m going to enjoy this ride.

    #4: I have found that loving what you do each day is so very vital to personal peace, fulfillment and happiness!

    #2: About helping others: I wish everyone would know this. I just recently watched the movie “Pay it Forward”. It was a delightfully hopeful glimpse of what the world COULD become one day if folks tried to change just a little.

  23. This is fantastic and it seems like you and I have a lot of the same opinions on things. I always find it astounding when people pretend to be someone who they are not in order to fit in a group or impress others. What most people fail to realize is that those people who don’t approve of the real you where never your friends to begin with. Keep up being who you are, because that’s what awesome people do!

  24. Besides the cultural bias of living on your own, this shit is gloriously put.

    Glad to be in good company on the web, my man.

    I’ll be sure to tweet this.

    • Hey Ash,

      You’re right. The idea of making it on your own is definitely rooted in Western culture. Even more specifically in American culture than just “Western.”

      That said, I still believe in it because even though we’re all connected, I think it’s important to understand and be capable of self reliance before we can be successful by relying on others.

      This is a concept I still think about all the time, trying to hash out how to explain the way I feel about it.

      Thanks for keeping me on my toes.

  25. This is great. While I absolutley disagree with several items on the list, I think the others are fantastic; particularly 2,5, 15. But you are right, your readers do not have to agree with you and I enjoy this site because you challenge me and make me think about the way I do certain things and how I might be better.

  26. This morning I woke up thinking about how I “live in the grey” and how until recently I liked that about myself. I started to realize not too long ago that it facilitates my fears around being disliked and that it is likely not even an essential quality in myself but a defense mechanism. I started a list last week that I am adding to in an effort to suss out how I actually feel about issues that are important to me. I worry that some of my opinions will alienate various people that I love and this is why I laughed out loud when I figured out what you were doing in this post – could not have been more in line with where my head has been lately (at least on one level)! Thanks and congratulations on putting it out there!

  27. Yes, I’d like to take a stand on generating more random acts of kindness. There are days when I go looking for them. I’m hoping someday, I won’t have to consciously look… it’ll just be a habit.

    How long did it take you to come up with these 16? Was it a long thoughtful process or off the top of your head? Just curious. It was a good list… Thanks.

  28. Great post! I especially love #1. But I’m confused by #14 – food is raised by farmers and sold to people, shouldn’t we be paying farmers for their labor?

    • Yes, Tara, we should be paying farmers. I could have stated this one better. What I’m most concerned about is the regulation of food/water/air.

      I generally believe in the “free market” but there are certain things basic to life that I believe are too important to let it control entirely.

    • That video would be a lot better if it proposed any kind of solution. It raises some points worth considering, but as general rule, I ignore criticism that isn’t at least constructive.

      • It proposes that any attempts to fix the system just prop up the system and prolongs the fundamental problem. The solution it proposes is revolution. True, a distasteful solution, but one nonetheless. No one should be in need of charity.

  29. Tyler,

    When I saw the title to your your post I thought you were referring to a site other than yours!

    There was nothing in your post that offended me, in fact it reminded me that I need to take off the kid gloves and follow your advise. The thing is that I’ve been living among thin skinned people for so long that the need not to offend is ingrained. Its going to take some doing to change this behavior. I’m willing to pick up the gantlet.


  30. Oops…commented on the wrong site before; here we go: Unfortunately I still live with my mother (i.e. violation of #3), which often leaves me exposed to parasitic sacrificial requests in #4 and #5 (also true for organization and people who benefit at my expense). Looking forward to filming the post of destroying souvenirs of my past live though.

  31. I’d like to add one of my own:

    There’s no excuse for rude people. Not children, and most certainly not adults. We do not need to be subjected to inappropriate behavior. No one should tolerate rudeness in children. Respect is a basic human principle. Only ignorant people condone and personify rudeness.

  32. I appreciate your honesty, for saying things that are true to yourself.

    As for my beliefs, the only one that I really stopped at (surprisingly) is that adults should not live with their parents.
    I don’t live with mine, and I’m glad I don’t, because we would have such conflicts. I moved out when I was 17 and wouldn’t trade that for the world.

    However, there are numerous advantages to multi-generational living, and I think that our society, buying into the traditional nuclear family hype, misses a lot. Our families are a lot more divided, we spend more money, need to work more, spend less time with our children, who then have more mental health issues caused by lack of connection with their primary parents, leading to a society of horizontal transfer of knowledge rather than vertical, which leaves our society in a very messy, non-compassionate state indeed.

    I’m not saying “stay at home and mooch off your parents” because I think that is ridiculous. I also believe that we can learn self-reliance, in the proper environment, while living with our parents, who can, ideally, provide support for our self-reliance, while also enabling us to greater heights, because we have more support.

    Anyways, food for thought. Together we are stronger.

    (Must also point out that I recognize that there are families that are in patterns of abuse/over protection/non-support and feel it is important to remove these, but really hope that parents start connecting with their children and unconditionally loving them so that they feel they do have support to express themselves and receive support from their families).

    • Amelia,

      Thanks so much for such a thoughtful response. Those are some great points worth considering and I imagine I’ll spend some time thinking about them.

      I think it’s important for me to point out that I do think my beliefs are “right,” but also am fully aware that they may not be. I’m not at all infallible.

      I also don’t think that there’s such a thing as one right solution for such a large and diverse population.

      My beliefs are what are right for me, but likely not right for many other people. I only hope that by stating them as clearly as I can that I’ll attract more people like me and more people unlike me who will either confirm my thoughts further or persuade me to change them.

  33. You go, Tyler. I think it’s ridiculously important for us to be ourselves, always. I spent way too much time closed off in fear of how others perceived me and it was very exhausting. I actually wrote about this briefly yesterday. When we are authentic, our right people (as Havi Brooks describes them) can easily find us and that authenticity flows into all of our relationships.

    That being said, I admire your openness. I think I’ll stick around. :)

  34. Interesting point about Earth being not too happy with us.

    Paul Stammets, a famous mycologist, author of “Mycelium Running” and one of my heroes says:

    What if there were a United Organization of Organisms (pronounced U-oh!) and each organism could either vote us on or off the planet, what would the verdict be?

    Keep up the great writing, Tyler!

    Good Vibes~

  35. Thanks everyone for all the great comments today. I’m really glad that we can discuss this kind of stuff maturely.

    That can’t be said for a lot of sites. You all are great.

  36. I enjoyed the list. Especially agree with 9, 10. 11. Didnt agree with all of it.
    The Earth dosnt need us to save us. It survived a massive impact that ripped the moon of it, Snowball Earth, numerous huge asteroid strikes, etc. Im pretty sure it will easily shrug off a few bipedal apes and their 4X4’s!

    On 3. Agree that its part of the maturing process for young adults to leave home, however there might be cultural differences here (spouse & inlaws are Chinese) we now find ourselves living in an extended family environment and it works fine. (I’ll stop there because Amelia has put it far more eloquently).

    Not so sure about 7 but I guess it depends on what you mean by ‘sucks’. There will be times in your marriage when you dont like your spouse but you work through it, chances are its something in you that needs to develop.

    Im being a bit thick but I didn’t understand 14 in relation to food. It needs to be privately owned as it requires productive effort (unlike water and air)?
    Im not unsubscribing :)

  37. Awesome post! Sums up much of why i subscribe – our core values tally, but you’re much better at articulating them than I am! 63 years on this planet has taught me that if you don’t cut the crap you end up drowning in it, and it doesn’t mean you have to be rude or unpleasant, just accept that someone people aren’t secure enough to take ‘the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth’ – just give them as much as they can handle and don’t compromise your core values. Thanks, look forward to the next post ;o)

  38. Nice to meet you Tyler…great post! As many others have said, it’s nice to get to know the blogger behind the words, what fuels you, what motivates you. Whether I agree or disagree in this instance is irrelevant. As my Grandfather told me, they’ll be 90% of a person that you like and 10% that you don’t like. You’ll have to decide whether the 10% outweighs the 90% or not. Isn’t it wonderful that we’re all so different?! I’ll stick around!

  39. i just want to say, Tyler, that you went out on a limb and for my part we’re still good. i appreciate your honesty, and your views. they’re similar to mine. 😀 have a wonderful day.

  40. Thanks Tyler – this is such a heartfelt post.
    Isn’t it weird that the internet, rather than removing the intimacy between people actually seems to be enhancing it! I’m starting to know more about the beliefs, passions and feelings of people that I’ve never met face to face than I do about geographically-close ‘acquaintances’ that I’ve known for years! I do think that we’re moving into an age where your closest friends and ally’s are built from people who really ‘get you’ regardless of the fact that you live on different continents or in different time zones. Vive la internet and the freedom that it gives us to be our authentic selves!

  41. Funny I just subscribed to this blog.. because well i found it through another blog I like to read. Don’t agree with everything you said but that’s what makes reading your stuff interesting .Keep up the good work.

    I wanna to start an architecture blog now. Thanks for the inspiration.

  42. Tyler,

    I’d like to start off by challenging you–how could you tweak this post so that more of the commenters who say that they disagree are motivated to articulate their dissent? I say this because, although I thoroughly enjoyed reading many of the comments, I was repeatedly frustrated by the folks who said they disagreed with multiple things you said but didn’t say What.
    Furthermore, I think you should be more open & assiduous in addressing the legit dissent that was expressed–especially regarding points 3 & 7. I would find the site & the comment thread much more compelling if you actively responded to Ash, Amelia, and Steve’s point about cultural bias.
    I think the best way to do this would be to say “You guys have a point” and then rewrite the point about living with one’s parents by making it more explicit–explain to us that what you’re Really trying to express.
    I believe that what you really meant is that a mature person is one who either relies on her/himself to make a living or else contributes meaningfully to a household wherein all the grown ups act like grown ups by pulling their own weight.

    I have learned from reading Andrew Sullivan’s blog that a blogger is much much more successful in the long run when she/he addresses legit dissent head on, thereby displaying openness to other viewpoints while also manifesting the process of personal growth.

    Points 3 & 7 are not well-articulated. I think you should acknowledge that and rewrite both of them so that you’re saying exactly what you mean.

    Also, regarding point #14: Why not link to an article or video that makes the relevant argument for the types of public ownership that you believe in? Obviously that kind of discussion is not really within the scope of your site, which is fine, but you might as well refer us to a compelling case for this belief of yours.
    That way, you’re giving us a better opportunity to grapple with our own beliefs and understandings of how we treat that which we must consume.

    I say all of this because you’re clearly having success growing your readership–which is wonderful–but your project as a whole would benefit from more back and forth on the points of contention, because (as you’ve demonstrated) what’s more risky than exposing and articulating exactly what we believe?

    I’m loving where Riskology.co is headed, congrats on the community you’re spearheading here.

  43. That wasn’t bad at all! I was hoping to fina good excuse to unsubscribe, like “homosexuals should be allowed to congregate where they like, but only in designated areas…” 😉

    Cheers man!

  44. I think if more people had your viewpoints, there would be less Americans collecting unemployment and disability to “make ends meet,” and this in turn would help to make our country a better place and put less strain on those of us who do work hard and keep it movin!

  45. Very daring post Tyler, and don’t think we don’t appreciate your honesty.

    I notice a contradiction between 2 and 4 though. You say if we can afford food and a place to stay that we owe it to society to offer these things to others, yet #4 states that “You do not owe it to anyone to do work that you hate.” (or in a broader sense, “disapprove of”).

    I think some people can live on their own, live a decent life, and not owe their labor to others. I think kindness and altruism are FANTASTIC qualities, but not necessary virtues in-and-of-themselves.

    I have always been fond of the independent – the Henry David Thoreau Thoreau and the Ayn Rand.

    Either way – fantastic list! I always appreciate people who put their views on the line. It is way better than hiding behind a facade and trying to please everyone.

  46. Tyler, I’m a newbie to your site and honestly I think this is the first full post I have read so far (sorry). I love it man. It’s always good to know what people believe and stand for, whether you agree or not, you know where they stand. Nice job.

  47. So just came over from Think Traffic and really enjoy the blog (and have subscribed).
    The only thing that makes me want to unsubscribe is having a blog post telling me I should unsubscribe. Ridiculously Extraordinary pulled this move about a month ago and I thought it was pretty lame then too. Seems like some sort of childish reverse psychology tactic, but apparently successful from the amount of commenters?
    Anyway I’m staying on because everything else is great and it has already helped me make some shifts in the way I have approached certain areas in my life.

    • Hey Doug,

      Not everything will speak to everyone in the same way. Thanks for being a part of the community here and I look forward to getting to know you better. I can guarantee that if you stick around, this won’t be the last time something I do annoys you. :)

  48. Thanks Tyler,

    Your words are always inspiring and brain-engaging!
    I am struggling with #4 right now. I’m scared to leave a job that is not a good fit for my personality and makes my soul sad, because it pays the bills and the job market is still slim. I look forward to getting a dose of courage and insight each time I read your posts!

  49. Hey Tyler. Thanks for another great post. There are so many blogs out there that are pushing a ‘personal brand’ that so many forget to actually just be themselves. It’s great to read someone who isn’t afraid to share their thoughts and feelings. Good on you!

  50. Way to put it out there Tyler! Love it. And if we really view relationships as subscribes vs unsubscribes (which we shouldn’t) then I’m sure for any you lost you gained many more with your personal disclosure.


  51. #15 made me literally stop and think. How true. I love relaxing at the beach for sure but that feeling of deep happiness and worth comes more strongly when I finish a volunteer project or do something for someone else. Good post Tyler~

  52. I guess I missed this post when first presented. I disagree with some of your statements but only in degree. If everyone agreed with everyone else we’d have no growth, no challenge and no fun!

    Someone wanted those who disagree to say why. Well I disagree that the government shouldn’t have a say in things like seatbelts and helmets and other safety measures. The reason I think they should is because many people do stupid things but never think anything will happen and they don’t know how much money it will cost everyone else (the taxpayers) to put them back together again. Also, I am not in favor of letting parents put their own children in danger.

  53. Excellent post! This, amongst a couple of recent occurences, has made me re-think how I run my business. It has not made me very happy recently and I have realised that I have been SO wrapped in what people think of me, that I have forgotten that I have to think what I think of ME myself. I am re-doing my website trying to be very honest with myself and being open to my current and future customers telling them honestly what I believe in. Like you, I might lose a few, but the ones that I gain are likely to stand by me even more stronly.

    Thank you for setting up AR, it is the only blog I read everytime it is published, all the others I currently subscribe to I read “if I have time”.

    Keep up the good work!


  54. I didn’t read this until I read your most current article that said people unsubscribed. I had to know what the hoopla was about. I agree with most of what you said. However, when it comes to religion, I don’t believe it causes wars. I think control and greed cause wars and people use religion as a reason/excuse.

    there is a lot of good done by religion that many people with more “forward thinking” ideas ignore.

    The people of churches give lots of their time and money to help the poor. I mean LOTS. I’m always amazed by people who donate so much to others. And they do it just because they believe that’s what God wanted us to do.

    So I really hope people can come together and realize that religion is not bad when so much good is done in it’s name.

  55. You’ve got some inspiring stuff to say which I enjoy reading. But this post seems more like a regurgitation of Al Gore talking points rather than honest transparency.

  56. Honestly, this post confirms I’m in the right place. I came at this post from the response post you did about unsuscribers…I was curious.

    Number 13 made me laugh….so simple and so true. I agree with them all.

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