Offense vs. defense

There are two systems governing our behavior.

The first is the Behavioral Inhibition System—when you perceive risk, you are halted in your actions.

The second is the Behavioral Activation System—when you see a reward, you are encouraged to act.

Most of us spend our time avoiding big mountains to climb. We don’t seek out and throw ourselves into adversity very often in our post-industrial world. And thanks to the internet, we think the world continues to get more dangerous.

We want safety over discomfort. We play defense rather than play offense.

The problem is that no dream becomes a reality without Resistance. No chasm is worth crossing without first pushing through a dip.


We settle and make friends with the status quo. Accepting what comes at us as business as usual.

When there is nothing to lose there is nothing to gain either.