Photo by Jakob Owens on Unsplash

Now Is The Time To Be Unreasonable

Stop compromising your future to satisfy people who are not important.

John Mashni
9 min readApr 26, 2018


“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.”

— George Bernard Shaw

Most people never intended to end up where they are. They drift and dream, and then work and work. And work.

Most people, in a few spare seconds or moments, might think about changing or pivoting. Or reinventing.

But then the moment passes. And the dream is gone.

Yet some are blessed to have a person who will fight for those precious dreams — someone who will speak up, shout, do whatever it takes to make sure that the most important parts of us don’t die.

I believe that there are no ordinary moments. Right now counts forever.

But some moments carry a little more weight. Certain moments have meaning that cannot be replicated or replaced.

Message in a Bottle — or Email

“When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.”

— Viktor E. Frankl

I found an email recently that nearly made me cry. I sent it — not to anyone else — but to myself.

I will share the text of the email, but I want to give a little context first.

I sent this email to myself so that I would read its message when I most needed it.

I imagined that this email would be like a digital message in a bottle. I would just “throw” this message out, and it would return — not to someone else — but to me. And hopefully, its return would be right when I needed to remind myself of something.

I wanted to remind myself of a commitment that I had made.

When Change Is Required

“You cannot change your destination overnight, but you can change your direction overnight.”
— Jim Rohn

Years ago, I worked in Flint, Michigan, and drove over an hour to and from work every day. I was married…



John Mashni

I only write about what I have done: no theory. Writer, Attorney, Entrepreneur, Movie Producer, and more… the ONLY 3 ways to reinvent: