Category Archives: Hunting the Dragon

Everything you need to know to carry out your own Dragon hunt

What Type of Failure Defeated You

There’s an often (mis)quoted phrase, “Those who cannot remember the past, are condemned to repeat it.”  The problem is that remembering is not enough.  You have to understand what went wrong.  You have to learn from it. You have to wring every last bit of knowledge from the defeat that the Dragon dealt you, so…

Sometimes You Just Need a Quick Win

It happens to everyone.  You make a plan to defeat the Dragon and then you don’t follow through.  It starts with something little that you don’t do for a great reason.  And soon, soon you stop doing big things for bad reasons. That way lies madness, depression, and ultimately, defeat. How do you get back…

Embrace Failure, Just Don’t Quit!

From an early age, we’re taught to abhor failure.  It’s something to be avoided, and for some, this avoidance of failure becomes so strong that it turns into paralysis.  We become so scared of not succeeding, of being judged a loser, of receiving an epic face palm, that we stop trying altogether. So where does…

Look Back, Look Down, Look Forward

   Sometimes, on a Dragon Hunt, you’re afforded a natural point at which to stop and review your progress, and carry out a course correction to get you where you want to go.  Unfortunately, if you wait for these points to come along, you’ll find that Dragon Hunts take far longer than expected. The reason…

Celebrate Small Victories

   Dragon Hunts tend to be big epic tasks. Journeys worthy of being immortalized in verse. Adventures that would make The Illiad look like a children’s story. They take years, require growth on an unprecedented scale, and will change you in ways you couldn’t begin to imagine. The problem is, you have to stick with…

Overkill is Underrated

   Most of the time when hunting Dragons, the best bet is to make steady progress.  Make sure you take a series of next steps, and before you know it, the Dragon head is up on your wall. But, what do you do when there’s a massive obstacle in your way. A giant boulder that…

Doubt! Why you want it!

   Questions are always tricky.  The right question at the right time, can send you down the path to greatness.  The same question at a different time, can leave you curled up in a fetal position, sobbing yourself to sleep.  And the wrong question can lead you so far off course, you’ll never find your…

Burn the Treasure Map

   We would all like to be able to follow a treasure map. You know, sail 3 miles east, four miles north, find the forked tree, take 17 steps south-east and X marks the spot. Dragon Hunts don’t work like that. Dragon Hunts are more like, sail 3 miles east, realize you’ve been going west,…

Beware the Seduction of the Perfect Plan

   We all have that one thing we want to do. For some, it’s running a marathon, for others, it’s starting a business, and for a few, it’s getting off the couch at half-time. So, you start planning. You research the best running shoes, download business plans, and determine whether it’s better to do the…

Understanding the Phases of a Dragon Hunt

   Many an aspiring Dragon Slayer is defeated long before they come face to face with the Dragon.  One of the more common reasons for this is getting mired down in a single phase of the hunt.  While some phases are more prone to this than others, an understanding of the different stages and their…