5 Life Lessons From the Man Who Understood It All

I hesitated to hit the publish button, because this post is a bit more personal than my other posts, and sometimes people can get a little uncomfortable with personal things. (But life is personal, is it not?) This past weekend my dad would have celebrated his 68th birthday. Here’s what it would have looked like (if time stood still): We’d be driving to dinner in the green mini-van with mom and dad upfront, my two brothers in the middle, and me in the back. We’d be listening to oldies, again, and would listen to them the entire month because … [Read more...]

The Lost Art of Stillness in a Noisy World

Being still is not an art form that’s taught in modern day America. We are taught that time is swift and movement is growth and everything in between. And so, we are always in motion. Even worse, we mistake this motion for progress. (Sometimes it is, but often it’s not). We are over-stimulated, busy beings. And even in our quiet moments, we are bombarded with distractions: text messages, e-mails, social media notifications, and alerts from the numerous apps we have on our smart phones. Communication has become so easy that it’s no longer … [Read more...]

Why the Choices We Make Matter

This post is long overdue. I’ve had a string of computer issues while traveling, which put my computer out of commission for several days while I replaced a failing hard drive. The added irony is that the failure coincided with a conference I was attending to network and gain inspiration for blog posts. I thought about how Life Is A Series of Inconveniences, and I planned to write a post on this topic once I had a working computer. Here’s the synopsis for what it would have concluded: Once we accept the fact that these inconveniences are part … [Read more...]

The Role of Fear in Success: Uncovering What We Need to Do

Eleanor Roosevelt said to do one thing every day that scares you. Tim Ferriss said a person’s success can usually be measured by the number of uncomfortable conversations he or she is willing to have. Some anonymous voice of the past or ancient idiom said that all growth happens outside of our comfort zones. You get my drift… The point is this: Fear, in its simplest form, is an insufficient reason not to do something. In fact, Fear is all the more reason to do it. Because that Fear you’re feeling means you have yet to master the task at … [Read more...]

How to Make Responsible Career Decisions (and Why It’s Not What You Think)

Let’s talk about responsibility for a minute… especially responsibility as it pertains to our careers, and the decisions we make. Because I believe that advice on what’s responsible or irresponsible gets thrown around a lot, and portrayed as truths rather than the guidelines they really are. I think the most in-your-face “truth” is that we should never leave our job without another job or source of income lined up; that it’s irresponsible. I’m not debating that this is good advice or that there are many circumstances where you should … [Read more...]