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The Only Time The Answer is a Definite “No”   Recently updated !

It amazes me how many people want something and yet never do the easiest thing in the world before deciding that they’ll never get the thing they desire. What is it that they fail to do? Ask for it. Asking is, at its core, a risk. You’re putting something out there – a desire – […]

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Turn Off Your Automatic Excuse Generator

A couple of weeks ago I was riding shotgun in my friend’s car. As we took a turn, he nearly sideswiped a mailbox. When I mentioned it to him, he shrugged it off. “Yeah, this car is a little wide.” Uh…no, it’s not that the car was wide, he had incorrectly estimated how much space […]


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Adopting Archetypes: How Ancient Wisdom Helps Us Process Bad Shit

Bad things happen every single day. Bad people are a fact of life. As much as we might try to be optimistic, there are times when it seems like the scourge of society is at peak force – a tidal surge of scumbaggery looking to wreak havoc on our calm, peaceful lives. Earlier this week, […]


There’s No Shame In Coming In Last: NEVER QUIT

I read a blog yesterday written by a wanna-be fitness coach who is entering her first CrossFit competition soon. One of her stated goals for this competition is to “not come in last.” Sigh. Here’s what that “goal” says to me about the person who wrote it: she’s insecure about her fitness level and doesn’t […]

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The Sydney Siege & Self-Protection

NOTE: I originally wrote this up over on Facebook, but a good friend of mine, Jim Cobb, requested that I turn it into a blog post. So here it is. My newsfeed is filled with a staggering amount of ignorance today in the wake of the Sydney siege. We live in a dangerous world; there […]

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Burpees for Breakfast: 50 Burpees Every Single Day in 2014

If you read my post on 10 Ways to Make Your 2014 Better, you know that helping others is always a big part of any new year plans. It’s something I firmly believe in; you generate all sorts of good karma and the positivity of helping really goes far beyond the act itself. This year, […]


10 Ways to Make Your 2014 Better Than 2013

So, yes, I know we’re almost a week into the New Year. And yes, I know everyone has pretty much already come out with their suggestions on how to be better. I’m late, what can I say? Seriously, though, with 2014 firmly locked in, here are my tips for making the most of it. I […]


Updates from Author Jon F. Merz

Just a quick round-up of things going on in the week ahead: Next Saturday, October 5th, I will be appearing at the Zombie Walk in Asbury Park, New Jersey. From 10am until whenever, I will be at the Baen Books booth in the parking lot of the Stone Pony. Come on by and say hello. […]