Stop Rationalizing and Make Hard Decisions: Learning from Dr. King

Greetings from London.

I thought I’d share the below quote, which was sent to me (Thanks, Thao!) when I was considering whether or not to put up the controversial FISA post. I knew beforehand that it would lose me some readers.

The few words below cut through hours of meaningless deliberation and made the decision simple…

There are a lot of hard choices and big decisions in life. Dealing with most of them requires facing daunting — but transient — discomfort.

I encourage you to read the following, which helped me to eliminate the rationalization we so often use to avoid doing what is important.

“I say to you, this morning, that if you have never found something so dear and precious to you that you will die for it, then you aren’t fit to live.

You may be 38 years old, as I happen to be, and one day, some great opportunity stands before you and calls upon you to stand for some great principle, some great issue, some great cause. And you refuse to do it because you are afraid.

You refuse to do it because you want to live longer. You’re afraid that you will lose your job, or you are afraid that you will be criticized or that you will lose your popularity, or you’re afraid that somebody will stab or shoot or bomb your house. So you refuse to take a stand.

Well, you may go on and live until you are ninety, but you are just as dead at 38 as you would be at ninety.

And the cessation of breathing in your life is but the belated announcement of an earlier death of the spirit.

You died when you refused to stand up for right.

You died when you refused to stand up for truth.

You died when you refused to stand up for justice.”

-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

From the sermon “But, If Not” delivered at Ebenezer Baptist Church on November 5, 1967.

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165 Replies to “Stop Rationalizing and Make Hard Decisions: Learning from Dr. King”

  1. I’ve never read that before and I’m not sure if it’s because it’s more obscure than his “I Have a Dream” speech, or if we just never got around to it in high school or college.

    Either way, I’m glad you shared it.

    My friend Dan John has a saying about making touch decisions:

    “If you’re given a plate of frogs to eat, eat the biggest, ugliest one first. The rest will go down easy after that.”

    Not quite as eloquent as Dr. King, but good advice either way!


    1. The “eat the biggest ugliest frog first” metaphor nate green referred to is from Brian Tracy’s book, eat that frog. It’s a great book, it’s helpful if you need to prioritize.

  2. Great post Tim! I think it’s a reminder to all of us to live now, stand up for what we believe in and be passionate about something. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Oh man, that’s good. I really appreciate your blog and your suggestions on how to get more out of life. Thank you Tim.

  4. Tim – Bravo! Thanks for a great post on a great subject. This post today actually spurred me to make a decision I have been putting of for 2 days – very timely sir, thanks again!

  5. Hey Tim,

    It’s clear to me why we still quote Dr. King from so many years ago. Real passion and conviction withstands the tests of time. I’m enjoying how this blog is becoming so inclusive of critical areas of my life. Without passion where are we? Thanks for challenging me to think and become more.


    Jet Set Life

  6. I’ve been in Ebenezer.. With my fellow Georgia Voices That Count trainees.. Back in 2004.. Took my self-advocacy from anonymouse to a very identifiable “me” the very next Net interaction after..

    There’s no describing the “how-to” on this one.. For me, it was.. looking Death straight in the eye..

    For others, it will be and has been extreme loss of that, whatever that is, which they value most.. It’s not always quite to the extreme mine was, but you can tell it, you can feel it when you meet someone else who is “There”..

    Things in our collective Worlds are spiraling out of control.. Desperately out of control.. Each moment just that much faster..

    Just a few hours ago, stumbled upon Yoani Sanchez’s endeavor for the first time.. For some seeking inspiration from another in action this moment, not a bad place to start..

    Oh, and FISA..? Check this out.. On the Fourth of July, I responded to a thread, a very, very, *very* long thread that revolved solely around FISA..

    Have never before on the Net been censored..

    That day, this Fourth of July just past, I was..

    These Fingertips found that particular wholly undeserved action by unknown others, *especially* under those particular circumstances, to be..


    Ad infinitum and beyond.

    Cyber hugs from North Georgia, USA.. 😉

  7. Spanish Communist leader Dolores Ibarruri “Pasionaria” put it more succintly:

    “Better to die on your feet than to live on your knees”

  8. This is one of the values we taught our children. Now in our 60’s we never regretted our advice and example to our children and grand children to “stand for something greater than yourselves”. We are blessed that our children and their children are carrying forward these ideals. Values give life meaning.

  9. George Carlin said it well (paraphrased) – live a little, have some danger and excitement in your life, what are you going to do for the rest of your life…read people magazine and eat at wendy’s?

  10. This day is again a time when we are called upon to stand… just like the Founder’s of this great country stood – knowing full well their revolution, if a failure, would require their very lives.

    In 1777 John Adams, our 2nd President wrote to his wife Abigail, “posterity, you will never know how much it cost us to preserve your freedom. I hope that you will make a good use of it…”

    Thank you Tim for having the courage to speak up. Not only did I listen but I called all my congressmen! I appreciate all the “eyes and ears” out there alerting me to every erosion of Liberty!

  11. Hi Tim,

    Are you still trying to find a good lunch under $20 in London? I feel sure I can help you achieve this. It may need you to define what you count as lunch – 3 courses with wine might be difficult.

    Best regards,


  12. Agreed 100%, Tim. Your FISA post actually caused you to grow in stature in my eyes, and I was thrilled you used your soapbox to let us know what is going on.

    Please don’t hesitate to do it again.

  13. Great post, words we all should try to live by. If you don’t have something truly useful to do you might as well not get out of bed! If more people felt that way we could turn the collective consciousness in the world.

    Thank you!!

  14. Great post Tim,

    I have never heard that before, Powerful stuff.

    When I train fitness clients, I make them draw up a committment sheet. On that sheet I have them write down 3 emotional reasons why it’s important to improve their fitness and Health. They read them out loud every day. I get everyone to realize that improving their health is always a life or death situation.

    For some clients it is a physical (blood pressure, diabetes) and for others it is a mental or emotional life or death situation. Because if someone is feeling old and tired at 40 years old, if they continue on with their lifestyle, they feel like their better days are behind them.

    That is an emotional death. And it does not have to be that way.

    Anyhow, thanks for the great reminder of an important message!

  15. Tim – People may not agree with your political viewpoint but they should respect your right to your opinion. I hate it when someone refuses to have an open discussion because you don’t believe as they do. In fact, it is often the people who proclaim they are free thinkers that are the most closed minded!

    Keep up the good work!

  16. Great post Tim. And Timely too..

    I’ve been mulling over a big decision (for me) for a few days; I have the opportunity to train under one of the world’s top sword martial artists in a unique program. It is a demanding program that will require a lot of time over several years, but it also fits into my lifestyle, my goal to become internationally ranked, study under a “best” teacher, etc. But it is an entirely separate discipline than I’ve been studying for quite a few years. I think fear (of failure or at least not completing it) is holding me back. Reading the quote definitely was a “Yes” vote.

    Thank you Tim,

    and.. “Cheers” since you’re across the pond.


  17. Very inspiring! I never figured you, Tim, as one to back down from a decision due to fear of being unpopular or criticized!

  18. “Es mejor morir de pie que vivir de rodillas. (Translation: It is better to die standing on one’s feet, than to live on your knees.)” and “I wish to die a slave to principles, not to men.”

    Emiliano Zapata Salazar (August 8, 1879–April 10, 1919)

  19. Amazing Speech by Dr.King Jr.

    It reminds of Swami Vivekananda, who said:

    ‘ Be a hero. Always say, “I have no fear.”

    Tell this to everyone — “Have no fear.” ‘


    ‘ The whole secret of existence is to have no fear. Never fear what

    will become of you, depend on no one.Only the moment you reject all

    help are you free. ‘

  20. Great post Tim, even more so than usual (and that’s saying something).

    One complaint (it’s one of my pet peeves) — MLK always preferred the term “Rev. King” to “Dr. King,” and saw himself primarily as a man of God and pastor, not as an academic.

  21. Tim,

    Thanks for the inspirational post – I’ve never heard/read that speech before and boy did it hit home! Giving your life a purpose really does bring out the best in you.

    As an aside – I see on Twitter that you’re heading to Wales tomorrow(?) Are you planning on having a meet up for us “4HWW followers” currently located in London if/when you come back? I arrived in London just after your last meet up so I hope you have another one here soon!


  22. You know, inertia I think feeds into our fears as much as anything. Taking a stand is easy – maintaining that stand is the hard part. It’s one thing to participate in a march, or volunteer for something you find meaningful. The hard part is taking a stand against injustice in everyday things.

    I can’t find the link unfortunately, but Boing Boing ran an article about a Muslim woman who set up an experiment to see how many people would react to someone being racially discriminated against in a store. Sadly, only a handful of people confronted the “shopkeeper.” Most just bought what they needed and left.

    How many of us make bold statements about standing up for injustice but then don’t take the everyday steps to accomplish it?

  23. Forgive me if this is old news. Yesterday I read an interview with Nassim Taleb(Black Swan) in which he referenced, favorably, 4 Hour Work Week. That’s a powerful endorsement.

  24. This excellent quotation really hits home. Most of my life has been governed by those “what ifs” and it’s only been in the past couple of years that I’ve been willing to take risks. I’m still not entirely ready to give up my job (tenure is a good thing in this type of economy), but I’ve been working on increasing my discomfort level and taking risks. Your book and this blog help me a lot!

  25. Brilliant stuff, very appropriate in this 40th anniversary of the year of Dr King’s death.

    I wonder, Tim, why this message isn’t getting to our young people. Then I look at our education system.

    We tell kids to experiment and have fun with learning, then rank them as ‘passes’ or ‘failures’ based on some arbitrary scale.

    We encourage them to speak their minds, then tell them to shut up in class (or, worse, around the dinner table).

    We exhort them to be active while we sit in front of the TV or computer for five hours a night.

    We urge them to use their creativity and then criticize them when they colour outside the lines.

    We try to motivate our young people to be the best they can be, then tell them that the only true way to success is through one particular path.

    We tell them to write their own rules (within the natural boundaries of respect and comon sense) and then slam them when their rules don’t correspond with our own.

    We promise them that the world is full of opportunity and abundance and then tell them, “That’s the way the real world works” when they’re faced with a crushing disappointment.

    Can we do better?

    Damn, I hope so.

  26. I work up this morning wanting to fly solo and start living my dream. I have no expertise in my dream field and I have a mortgage, credit card debt and family that depends on my income. I’ve been reading or listing to The Four Hour Work Week and its changing me. My rational self is holding me back. Someone once told me that you can go broker before 30 and still recover. I have 3 more hours of listening to do, so we shall see if I ever make my touch decision.

  27. Tim, this is the MLK quote I have posted on my wall which helps me with those decisions:

    “An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.”

    What a brilliant, powerful, wise person he was.

    – Scott James

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  28. Damn… Dr. King reminds us how powerful and passionate a speech can be…

    How can you not be inspired to look fear in the face… and do it anyway! after reading that quote?

    by the way.. just ordered your audio book after months of delaying… thought i knew everything you were teaching… but since reading your blog realized I like your style and maybe you’ll be able to hit on at least one concept that I’ll be able to use to help take me to the next level.

    thanks… im looking forward to the book!

  29. Tim,

    We met when you were in London earlier in the year when you shared something similar at the end of the evening in Trafalgar Square (great evening btw)

    Not sure if you remember the conversation (it was right at the end after you’d enjoyed a couple of bottles of vino!), but I asked you how you decide what to write in terms of blogs, books etc

    You said something – which at the time seemed a litte ‘odd’ – but i have since understood clearly

    You shut your eyes, held your stomach and said:

    “Whatever you really FEEL, thats the thing you must write, the thing you must do. What you really FEEL”

    To be honest, I thought it was the wine talking as I didnt really understand the point

    But I’ve since realised that you were spot on – both with the writing and decisons

    I write stuff that just comes to me out of no where – and when i do, i’ll suddenly hear from someone who says it was just what they needed learn or hear

    I’ll avoid decisons on opportunities that seem scary or uncoventional – yet seems ‘right’. But then the opportunity will show up in ‘another set of clothes’ coaxing me to make the decision and step in the idea or cause as per Dr King’s quote above

    So thank you for the sage advice!

    Btw, Are you planning another evening in a pub on London soon?


  30. Don Cheadle’s character quotes this same MLK line — though somewhat ironically — in “Traitor,” now in theaters.

  31. Excellent post. I’ve been toying with the idea of how too much logic can affect our decisions sometimes. Good to see a fellow T-Nationer here Nate. Dan John is always a good read, and an inspiring one.

  32. If one is afraid to Live, one just exists. A big Truth, i’ve been following your blog for some time and i have your book, but it’s the first time i comment, this post has a lot to do with my Life philosophy, with my way of being. I Loved it

  33. Interesting post. However, what is there today in the U.S. that is worth risking a career and family over? I doubt there are enough issues right now to fill up two fingers on a hand that deserve that price.

  34. Tim,

    This is a brilliant and eloquent Dr. King message, and I can’t help but read it with his voice in my head as hypnotizing as it can be after only hearing it a few times.

    This story prompted me to remember a poem attributed to Pastor Martin Niemöller of Germany entitled: “First they came. . .”, which reminds us to stand up for what we believe in now rather than later. I hope you don’t mind me sharing! The version below is the one inscribed at the US Holocaust Museum in DC. Here goes:

    First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out –

    because I was not a Socialist.

    Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out –

    because I was not a Trade Unionist.

    Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out –

    because I was not a Jew.

    Then they came for me – and there was no one left to speak for me.

    Enjoy your time in London! D

  35. Lead follow or get out of the way…Tim, I applaud you for posting that interview. I liked it at the time and I like that you’ve taken the time to underscore a point here.

    You aren’t your readers, ( fair weather ones if they let that sway them) or your comfort, or even your lifestyle design, you are your convictions. Isn’t that how you had the guts to write your book in the first place?

  36. Tim – MLK was a very insightful man, brilliant speech and completely true. You can not worry about what other people think, especially when something hits you to the core. You said you were worried about losing some of your readers over it; I am glad you posted it. I consider myself a conservative and I still read your blog. Remember the 80/20 rule, and keep pluggin’ away.

    In response to Marvin’s post, I agree we can do better. I think we need to move to a “4 Hour School Week”. Tim you can email me for more ideas for your next book :). Let’s get these kids started early. I think we will still need testing and scoring, because let’s face it, we all need competition to make ourselves better.



  37. Tim,

    Thanks for sharing this quote with us. It’s inspiring. I hope I’ll always choose to stand up when I’m called up on in this way.

  38. Hi Tim ! Such wise words from Dr King….

    Will you organise another get-together with your readers whilst in London? I was at the last one with my other italian friend and it was a success, it would be great to party together again.

    Plus, we know your choice of wine this time…

    Ciao !


  39. I love that every time you post something, it makes me stop and think about my life and what I’m doing on this planet.

    Thank you.

  40. Great post! And the FISA post was great also.

    I started out being an enthusiastic supporter of Obama, in part because he was originally on the right side of the FISA bill ( ). His joining McCain on the wrong side of the issue was a big disappointment.

    So how do we stop rationalizing and get the word out on FISA?

    You mentioned a Facebook group, let’s do it!


  41. I’m glad you made the decision to make that post and stand up for what you believed in, even if you lost some readers. I happened to agree in that case, I do think the Patriot Act is not what our Founders’ vision was. I’m now living in Argentina and have an outside point of view on American politics. We should be appreciative MLK spearheaded such a just vision and even paved the way for people like Mr. Obama to have a shot at proving what he can do for the nation. I hate being political but I will say at least the American citizens haven’t turned to banging pots and pans in the streets (cacerolazos en Argentina) when demonstrating against the govt. Or maybe the US govt. hasn’t given them a reason to…. yet.

  42. Hi people,

    listen here one of the greatest speeches of all time with music. Google that:

    6th Borough Project – Nights Over Memphis

    and go to deepershades download it hear it…

    gooseskin i promise


  43. i read the FISA post a day late to take action, but i appreciated the attention you called to it.

    with all that MLK did have to face in order to do what he felt was right, it kind of puts blog hits in perspective.

    i believe there is no other way to be but completely authentic. and authenticity will always be controversial.

  44. Thank you all for the great additions to the conversation! My favorite so far — and there are some great ones besides this — is the following from Luis, also mentioned by a few others:

    “Es mejor morir de pie que vivir de rodillas. (Translation: It is better to die standing on one’s feet, than to live on your knees.)” and “I wish to die a slave to principles, not to men.”

    Emiliano Zapata Salazar (August 8, 1879–April 10, 1919)

    Truer words were never spoken.

    All the best from London,


  45. Hi Tim,

    i am not your opinion about Zapata words. There are more truer word than hims. For example Ghandi:

    “There is no way to peace, peace is the way!

    For me the one and only human and peaceful “Revolutionär” of all time. After you of course 😉



  46. Hi Tim, I very much liked the interview and think, it was the only decision you could make. I had an idea how I can help, even from Germany. I’m a member of a powerful worldwide network what I could invite you to. It would be a great opportunity to post your threat there as well. Please get in touch with me and I’ll send you the invitation.

    Hope you loved burning man. Couldn’t make it this year.

    (twitter: macke_markus)

    Cheers Markus

  47. Greetings from London as well!

    I’ve read a book lately “The Paradox of Choice” where Barry Schwartz groups people as maximizers (those making sure they make the best choice) and satisfizers (those looking for a good enough solution). I’m learing to be more of a satisfizer and just “go for things.” I think this attitude is important when you own a business and have to make many decisions daily.

  48. ***


    Just wanted to share the email I received…

    It just makes me stop and smile.

    Thank you.

    I saw one of your videos on YouTube about 4HWW and went to your website to look around. I love the part in your blog where you show pictures of where you’ve been. I just read 4HWW and I was wondering if you could tell me how long it took you to be successfull with your wholesale business and if you’ve found the 4HWW to actualy be possible? I’m hoping you read this, I’m not sure if you check all of your own emails given some of the suggestions in the book. 😉

  49. Tim,

    Once again.. you ROCK OUR FACES OFF!

    thanks for the inspiration to not only “take” a stand…but to “MAKE” a stand where ever you find one.

    If you every happen to wander through Oklahoma City… you have a couch to crash on and a few beers to drink… just drop me a note!


  50. If you lost some readers over the FISA post…their loss. They don’t want their sleep disturbed.

    MLK a true visionary.

    Take care in London. 🙂

    The truth. Can you handle it?

  51. It’s refreshing to read these words of truth amidst the active political rhetoric (albeit unactualized) in the present conventions. Thank you.

    Might I offer a suggestion? Add extra ways for readers to share your posts. The ‘ShareThis” widget is pretty thorough. You can find an ex of that widget on this healthy food and ag site

  52. All I can say is WOW. Dr King is one of my all time favorite hero’s. I never get tired of hearing or reading his unique perspective. I will stand for what’s right and hope to be a good example for all the world to see.

  53. Good for you. Standing up to be counted isn’t easy but it’s right. That you quoted Dr. King’s sermon was most touching and electrifying.

    Our lesson growing up was that “silence is approval” and those who bestow silent approval are worse than those doing the bad deed. Because they KNOW the bad deed is wrong.

    GOOD FOR YOU! BTW, your session at NSA ROCKED and was worth the price of admission.

  54. Nice post. While we differ in opinion regarding FISA, I respect your opinion, and your decision to post this on your site.

    As an entrepreneur, I keep a copy of Teddy Roosevelt’s quatoation below in my office and read it when the ‘doubters’ (self-doubt included) raise their heads.

    “It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.”

    -Theodore Roosevelt April 10, 1899

  55. Tim – started reading your book 5 days ago. I’ve now got a UK on-shore VA that you’d be proud of, check them out (amazingly found out the CEO is someone I met in my last job, a real entrepreneur who you can live chat with on his site):

    But anyway, small chat – what are you doing in London? Any chance of seeing you whilst over?

  56. @RMJ

    Love that quote.

    As for the post, I love the reference to spirit. Spirit is the balance of the internal war between your body and mind. If your spirit dies, then so does the definition of living. You may be walking around, as Dr.King says, but you will have ceased to ‘live’ because your spirit will have died.

    I wish people understood the power of the spirit, and stopped paying attention to everything else. Raise your spirit, keep it strong, and never ever give it up for anyone or anything.

  57. One of my favorite quotes along these lines is from the movie Braveheart (I have no idea if William Wallace actually said it or not…).

    “Fight and you may die, run and you will live. At lease a while…

    “And dying in your beds, many years from now, would you be willing to trade all the days from this day to that for one chance, just one change, to come back here and tell our enemies that they may take our lives, but they will never take our freedom!”

    -William Wallace

  58. Thanks Tim. Even the most powerful speakers as they live on in the hearts and minds of those who are willing to use what they offer, to change for the better after seeing a beautiful secret of life such as this will witness it and cherish it for a second, but it will fall to the wayside for most and they will go back to doing what they are doing. I am grateful to live my life by this much before 38 to live my life by a standard of never getting stuck, always moving toward the direction that I feel I was born to move toward and to stand up and fight for what I believe in for myself and for those who want to live greater lives. Thank you for your leadership in a world of followers Tim. It is always recharging as I sit at my 9-5 and work 6-10 on building my “muse”. I look forward to meeting you one day Tim have a great day in Taiwaan or Napaal wherever you may be I am sure you are squeezing the juices out of the great fruits of the world!

  59. Wow, Beautiful words! And I get to see them while I sit on the cusp of doing something requiring great conviction, dedication, & love. Thank You!

    I went through a similar quandry as you about six months ago with a decision on whether or not to teach a philosophy I felt called to share, and my teacher finally said to me:

    “CHOOSE soul CHOOSE! You can not dip your toe in. You must dive!”

    I did and I am amazed at the bounty and depth and richness that my life has expressed since then, and the depth to which I perceive it continues to grow. Whether it be to speak for a cause, or simply to speak because there are words arising from the inner being that need expression, it is the expression that is so important. Another quote comes to mine, that is one of the most influential of my life:

    “There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening, that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and will be lost.” -Martha Graham

    Joyful day to all!

  60. Risk – unknown author

    To laugh is to risk appearing the fool.

    To weep is to risk appearing sentimental.

    To reach out to others is to risk involvement.

    To expose feelings is to risk exposing your true self.

    To place your ideas, your dreams before a crowd is to risk their loss.

    To love is to risk not being loved in return.

    To live is to risk dying.

    To hope is to risk despair.

    To try is to risk failure.

    But risks must be taken,

    because the greatest hazard in life is to do nothing.

    The person who risks nothing,

    does nothing, has nothing, and is nothing.

    They may avoid suffering and sorrow,

    but they cannot learn, feel, change, grow, love, live.

    Chained by their attitudes, they are a slave,

    they forfeited their freedom.

    Only the person who risks can be free

  61. Hi Tim,

    You are an inspiration! I am currently on a mini-retirement. After 12 years in the corporate world I left my job this past June. I worked at a sailing club for the summer…fun and zero stress! I am leaving for Thailand the end of this month. I plan to teach English for a couple months and spend 3-4 weeks traveling. I love this lifestyle! Have you been to Thailand? Any tips? This trip will truly take me out of my comfort zone, and I couldn’t be more excited for this adventure!

  62. After reading this, I am inspired to propose ROWE to my employer.

    I have always valued results over ‘face time’ and have always just gotten a new job when fed up. But like the author of Why Work Sucks…, I have begun to realize that ‘face time’ is a standard just about everywhere.

    So I have decided to stay this time and try to change my working environment. This post has emboldened me. Thanks Tim

  63. Wow. It really sums up how I’ve been feeling lately about a lot of things, particularly politics but just things in general.

    I for one have decided that there are no Republicrats or Demublicans that should get my vote. Both parties have abrogated their responsibilities to the Constitution in our once great land. They spread fear and lies to retain their grip on power and fail the test of upholding the very core values that made our nation what it has once been.

    No more. I believe that we all need to stand for something more substantial than just another drink, just another bimmer, just another pile of cash. Our nation is in danger and none of us are free unless we are all free, none of us are safe unless we are all safe. The complete bill of goods we’ve been sold (or cowed into accepting) is complete lie, a fabrication designed to destroy the best parts of our country.

    Tim, thanks for a great post. Thanks for the FISA post. Rest assured you will never lose this reader for writing something controversial. More should be writing things like that, hang the consequences. Speaking truth to power can be a dangerous thing. I pray there are enough folks with the temerity to stand up and say what needs to be said.



  64. Tim, thank you for taking a stand. Thank you for reminding us of the strength it took in the 60s to stand up. I’ll remind everyone of the strength it also took for our foremothers to stand up to win us the opportunity vote.

    I’m tired of being afraid of losing my job and my friends (which I have) because I of standing up.

    and if you lose followers….well?

  65. @David Brundage:

    I WILL NEVER QUOTE OBAMA. Not now, not ever. He lied about his intent on FISA. He said he would filibuster it and then did nothing. He is a “celebrity politician”; looks good in a suit, acts well but in the end does nothing of substance.

    He is cut from the same globalista cloth that the rights takers are. Those who are going to vote for him expecting “change” may well be very surprised at what sort of “change” they get (or have left after he taxes us all to the poorhouse…).


    Those words from Swami Vivekananda are awesome. Thanks for sharing.

    @Tim F.:

    Those words from Zapata were amazing. The time has come for people to take a stand before we are forced to live on our knees.

  66. Tim – I had a great time at Burning Man, wish I had known you were there. I saw this message posted on the temple:

    Life’s journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body. But rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out, with a beer in one hand, shouting “Holy Shit, what a ride!!”

    I thought it fits right in with your message.

  67. @Manan – to have no fear is foolishness. The courage is acting regardless of your fear. Ask any man who has been in combat (I have not, but have spoken to those who have), and they will tell you they were always afraid. But they still acted. THAT is courage.

    Another quote, which I think tracks with Ferriss’ posting of MLK’s quote and is apropos to the conversation:

    “If you will not fight for right when you can easily win without blood shed; if you will not fight when your victory is sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival. There may even be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves. – Winston Churchill”

  68. While I can’t say I would die for this cause I am extremely passionate about it. I ran and was elected for our school board this spring and find my principles on trial weekly. So far so good.

    A relevant quote that I like to use is “Important principles may and must be inflexible.” Abraham Lincoln

  69. Hi Folks,

    lately i read a wise quotation on a public restroom, Author unknown:

    “Fighting for peace is like fucking for virginity”

    For all those who hang on these martially Quotations. I cant stand it anymore.

    There a are lot of peaceful ways to change something, look at Ghandi, Martin Luther (+King) “Here I stand and I cant do differently” , the people from the former GDR “We are the people” and so one.

    Read Tims Book, eg the part with “from more becomes less” + “from freedom fighter to a Dictator” etc.

    And i say “change yourself not the others, God will do the rest. ” Like Tim did – i follow him 😉

    ciao Marco

  70. If you have no clear convictions that you stand on, you haven’t a brain to think for yourself and you’ll be swayed by anything that comes your way.

  71. Outstanding words from Dr. King. I confess I had not heard them before. Thanks Tim.

    Related quote:

    Never “for the sake of peace and quiet” deny your own experience or convictions.

    — Dag Hammarskjold, 2nd Secretary-General of the United Nations (1905-1961)

  72. Dear Tim,

    I’d be very interested to know if you lost any readers because of your FISA post. I doubt it. Many were just very annoyed, hit delete, and hoped that you would return quickly to what we love about you and your book, life-style design.



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  74. Great stuff as always Tim. Congrats on all of your success(es). It’s the first time I leave a comment on your blog. I think your book is worth it’s weight in Gold. Keep up the great work, your an inspiration to all of us entrepreneurs.