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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.


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...

May 8, 2019

“How are you?”

An innocuous question that 99% of the time is answered with either: good, great, fine, ok, busy, or tired.

But really, “how are you” when no one’s asking? What are the daily returns in the business of being you? Are there things that hold too much weight i...

January 8, 2018

Recently, I heard an episode of the “How I Built This” podcast with Kevin Systrom, one of the co-founders of Instagram. The whole thing was gold, but the part that stuck with me was the following bit.

RAZ: How much of what happened to you guys, to Instagram and this who...

December 5, 2017

In 1953, when asked by a journalist “Why must you climb Mt. Everest?” George Mallory, the expedition leader of Sir Edmund Hillary's team, famously replied, “Because it’s there.” I would delve even deeper and suggest that George Mallory could just as easily have said, “...

August 27, 2014

Driving from London to Mongolia in a 847 cc, 42 HP car with 13-inch wheels was sure to lead to some stories, but who could have predicted what they would be? Where or where do I start?

As some of you know, I just partook in the Mongol Rally. The understatement woul...

October 16, 2013

We can all network a little better. Here's how.

May 8, 2013

You don't reach Happiness, you tend to Happiness.

April 3, 2013

Successful people don’t always have the best ideas, they’re just willing to put their ideas out there and have something to point at.

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