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358: Bald Versus Plastic

on July 9, 2020 in Choosing/Decision-Making, Podcast

Here are the notes I read this episode from: People keep acting like I’m different, that they have to balance things that I don’t when acting on the environment. So I’ll share a recent decision I made. People I tell have sounded intrigued and delighted to hear it so I’ll share with you. First sensed hairline retreating at 19. Not much for maybe a decade following, I don’t remember. Maybe[…] Keep reading →

Reader questions

on July 8, 2020 in Blog

I’ve meant for years to post to solicit questions from readers. You know you have questions about something I cover—burpees, leadership, entrepreneurship, education, stewardship, swimming across the Hudson River, posting daily, etc. Contact me here. When I meet people in person or email one-on-one, people say they’ve wanted to know something about me or what I write. I’ll keep names discrete if requested.

The 21st Century: dozens of ways to communicate . . . and all of them break.

on July 7, 2020 in Audio

I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve had to say it, but some weeks close to daily: The twenty-first century means there are dozens of ways to communicate with someone . . . and all of them break. I hope you’ve experienced more success, but I’ve faced connections dropping, sound not working, people unable to connect, . . . do I have to list every failing? Have you experienced[…] Keep reading →

357: Steven Pressfield: The War of Art and Nature

on July 6, 2020 in Podcast

Steven Pressfield’s War of Art is a perennial bestseller. If you haven’t read it, I recommend reading it, even if you delay listening to this podcast. Well, listen to this episode since it will prepare you. Before I read it, I could not have imagined someone writing it. I can’t think of another book like it. It’s helped countless people start acting on passions. Steven shares how the book emerged—things[…] Keep reading →

356: I was assaulted again this morning. Can I talk about it?

on July 5, 2020 in Podcast

While I was jogging (actually plogging) along the Hudson River around 7:30am, a person not wearing a mask stepped into my path, blocking me, saying the person’s shoes had been stolen. The person seemed to let me pass, but then threatened me and threw a bottle that shattered at my feet as I ran past. I kept running, the hair on the back of my neck standing up and my[…] Keep reading →

Frederick Douglass: “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?”

on July 4, 2020 in Awareness, Freedom, Habits, Nature

I recently reread Frederick Douglass’s What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?, which he delivered on July 5, 1852—a celebrated condemnation of slavery by a man born a slave when it was legal in this country. You’ll do yourself a favor to read it if you haven’t recently. Here’s the passage where he turns the corner from praising the nation: I am not included within the pale of[…] Keep reading →

355: I balance values the same as anyone

on July 3, 2020 in Choosing/Decision-Making, Leadership, Nonjudgment

People constantly suggest they have to balance different values as if I didn’t. It came up in a recent conversation so I shared about it today. An element I factor in is how my pollution affects others—not just what I know about or wish I contributed, but what I actually contribute. Yet people think I factor in nothing else. It’s weird to learn people see you as one-dimensional. If they[…] Keep reading →

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