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April 1, 2020

Life is at best indifferent and at worst cruel. Times of great loss are especially difficult. Simultaneously, we’re forced to search for meaning and a way forward, because one thing life won’t tolerate is stagnation. So we crawl out of the quicksand of our own minds be...

March 12, 2020

Years ago I worked from home a considerable amount. Currently, my wife works from home. Last night she and I came up with 13 lessons to keep your sanity (and consume some nutrients) while being productive from home.

February 24, 2020

What are those unplanned or imperceptible moments on a nowhere Wednesday that didn’t seem remarkable, or even memorable at all, but that if they hadn’t happened, you wouldn’t be who are today?

January 9, 2020

This past weekend, I was the final speaker at TEDx Salem(you can see the talk here). It was about my recent book. It was a hell of an experience: part exhilaration, part terror. I’d like to think that I nailed the talk; the feedback from the attendees (friends and stra...

December 25, 2019

The new year is almost upon us, and with that comes the inevitable resolution. Whether or not this new “you” includes a more creative or eloquent self, becoming a better writer is an invaluable skill. 

So as a Christmas (or “holiday” if that works better) gift, I wanted...

November 27, 2019

Instead of being the compass of our lives, accountability has become the yoke around our necks. It’s more cattle brand than north star.

Because, look at how we talk about accountability:

  • “You should be more accountable.”

  • “You have to take accountability.”

  • “...

November 14, 2019

We've all been there; enduring a meeting at work where someone is droning on about accounts payable, or data loads, or project specs. To everyone in the room you are still present (because you've mastered the art of "mmhmm" and "that's a good point"), but in reality yo...

August 1, 2019

Each of us has been told about our potential like it was an unused balloon and asked if we had any interest in filling it before we died.

Filling it, we were promised, would lead to things like “success” and “happiness.”

Or perhaps it was a mountain analogy. “Potential”...

June 19, 2019

Did you see Olivia Coleman’s acceptance speech at the Oscars? Watch it. It’s impossible not to love her. Why? Because there, onstage, in front of millions, she let us in. She trusted us with her unapologetic glee, and we, in return, couldn’t help but trust her for it.

I...

May 21, 2019

There is no civilization in the land of the lone wolf. That’s why people are wired to help one another. Reliability, relationships, providing value, watching each other's backs. That’s what community is. 

For most of human history, your whole world was within...

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