Through a series of introductions, one blog post to the next, I discovered The FlinchThe Flinch is a free book about doing what’s uncomfortable. It’s about flinching forward instead of backward, like a boxer uses his hands as weapons instead of shields.

And the book gives homework. As a teacher and student, I like homework. I don’t like doing it, but I know it’s how to improve. I wish more books gave homework.

As I read this book, I decided – before even knowing what the homework was – that I would try to do the little exercises it suggested. I think I decided this because somehow I knew that if I didn’t do what it said, this free book would end up like so many other free books: forgotten and, as a result, useless in the long-run.

I wanted The Flinch to be different. Oh, and that’s just the way it turned out.

Over the next few weeks, I’ll share all five of the challenges it suggested, my stories of trying to pull them off, and the lessons I learned in the process. Of course, if you want a sneak peek, you can check out the book here.