Maya DiRado is retiring… and that’s a good thing

In case you haven’t been keeping up with the Olympics, allow me to introduce you to Maya DiRado.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 08: Swimmer Maya DiRado poses for a portrait at the 2016 Team USA Media Summit at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on March 8, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

(Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

She’s a swimmer, a Stanford grad (with a degreeĀ in management science and engineering), and highly intelligent (earned a perfect score on the math section of the SAT at the age of 15).

This is her first Olympics. It’s also her last. (more…)

the hard way

In every task, you have a choice. Do it the hard way, or do it the easy way. The option is always there. Hard or easy. Most people choose the easy way. It’s smart. It makes sense. Why make things harder than they need to be? Conserve your energy.

I like to do things the hard way. Not because I don’t see the easy way. Not because I’m bored and have nothing else to do. Not because I’m a glutton for punishment.

It’s because I like to do things well. Because details matter to me. If you’ve ever owned a house, you can imagine what this means for me lately. See, I could just wipe down the baseboards and call them good. I could just put some things in a cabinet and be done.

Except that I can’t. I’d never forgive myself. (more…)