You and the expression economy

Side of a restaurant in Maggie Valley, North Carolina

Here’s the beautiful thing about the expression economy — the faster you figure out who you really are — your quirks, proclivities, strengths, distates, true interests — the quicker your ascent.

Dennis Rodman.
(I’m not saying every example is admirable.)

Richard Branson.


Nelson Mandela.

Andy Warhol.

Lady Gaga.

The significant commonality between these individuals other than requiring oxygen is that they became their true selves and were rewarded for it.

It’s as true historically as it’s true now. The expression era’s been a long time coming.

Francis of Assisi (spurned his affluent merchant heritage and embraced a life of poverty and good works early in his adulthood)

Joan of Arc (was only a teenager when she took up her calling)

Gandhi (embraced pacifism, personal asceticism and the struggle for human rights in his twenties)

The expression era doesn’t care who you are — it doesn’t need you to be this (urban cowboy) or that (professor of medieval literature) — it only cares that you fully be it.

It’s why we’re as intrigued by the Dalai Lama as we are with Hulk Hogan.

The expression era has only one requirement: full commitment living.


In the land of the yoga pants
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