Here’s The Score

On the idea behind the Daily Fix, and a little about discipline and adaptation. And how Ian is a windbag.

If you’ve been following our little saga here at, you may have noticed we had a column called “Daily Fix” which wasn’t very, well…daily. We had this great idea a few months ago that we would write this snappy daily content, and maybe even Tweet it.

This provided us with a few valuable lessons:

1.) It’s hard to write something snappy daily.
This was perhaps partly a discipline problem. We’ll get to that in a minute.

2.) Ian is a bit of a windbag.
We won’t get to that in a minute. It should be evident if you peruse his articles here on the site.

3.) It’s important to adapt to new situations quickly.
It can often give quite the wrong impression if you don’t.

4.) Ian and Nick are not avid Twitterers
Is that a bad thing? Probably not. By the way, did you know that sending a single tweet uses a whopping 2MB of code?

So I’m willing to entertain the notion that if we had been more disciplined, writing a “Daily Fix” would have been easy-peasy. But the fact is that we launched this idea right around the time we were completing our recent book, and doing a soft release during the holiday season. At the same time, we’ve been working out the details of a contest involving YouTube submissions, prepping for promotional appearances, launching a publishing company, and starting a new book. Sounds a little like excuses, doesn’t it. Maybe so.

The Secret About Discipline

So I at least re-learned a little secret about discipline. You know what it is? The only secret to discipline is simply DOING a thing, persistently. There is nothing else. Except choosing not to do a thing. Which is what we’re doing in this case.

Writing Something Snappy Daily

I recommend trying this some time if you haven’t. I personally write a minimum of 500 words a day for my work. But “something snappy”? That’s an entirely different animal. I’m going to give this a shot in a different context soon just to challenge myself.


We violated one of our own unspoken rules here. It’s common knowledge that in today’s world, it’s crucial to adapt quickly to new situations. I would submit that it was our own intrinsic commitment to follow through and discipline that actually left our “Daily Fix” column in a not-very-daily state. We will now be posting in this section when we feel like it. It’s entirely possible that we lost visitors who were interested in our daily content; we’ll never know. But by simply changing the name of the column, multiple burdens are lifted!

And that’s The Score.

See? I told you Ian is a windbag. He is in fact hoping that this long winded, self-referential diatribe will inspire Nick to write something snappy soon to bump it off the main page.

About Ian

Ian is a media consultant, writer, musician, and budding public speaker with an eye on being the next Ellen. Ian's interest in helping others find success and happiness stems from his experience with events planning and media consulting with organizations like and the Kenya/US NGO Amara Conservation from 2000-2008, which taught him how little we all know about what we're really doing. From 2008 until April of 2011, Ian wrote for and maintained the site Ian learned long ago that the journey to success may take occasional detours, and often eschews the road map in favor of taking in life's scenery. His first business venture was a small telecom company in the late 1980's, but subsequent ventures included pursuing a pop music career, screenwriting, and the foodservice and retail employment that often follows such pursuits. After struggling with addiction for years, Ian is happily embracing recovery and the clarity it brings.