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I speak, podcast, write, blog daily, teach, and coach. The picture above shows me swimming across the Hudson River, among many personal accomplishments. I live a life of joy, integrity, discipline, and community and empower others to do the same.

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I’m no longer “not flying”

on October 18, 2017 in Habits, Leadership, SIDCHAs, Visualization

A friend wrote Your perseverance in not flying around is beyond impressive. 🙂 Are you still not consuming normal packaging? The longer you live outside a system, the less its goals and values control you. As with fitness, my skills living by my pollution-related values becomes easier all the time. I responded I’m no longer “not flying” or avoiding food packaging. I’m living by my values, which means creating adventure,[…] Keep reading →

Women, men, and Harvey Weinstein

on October 17, 2017 in Nature, Perception

Why, when talking about education and promotions, the mainstream media voice is that gender differences are minimal: American Psychological Association: Men and Women: No Big Difference: Studies show that one’s sex has little or no bearing on personality, cognition and leadership. The Telegraph: Men and women do not have different brains, claims neuroscientist Euroscientist: Two myths shattered: the gender differences in leadership and the glass ceiling for women American Psychological[…] Keep reading →

Read Scott Mautz’s new book, Find the Fire: Ignite Your Inspiration & Make Work Exciting Again

on October 16, 2017 in Leadership

Scott Mautz just released his book, Find the Fire: Ignite Your Inspiration & Make Work Exciting Again. I read a pre-release and recommend it. I like Scott’s work—his books, his posts for Inc., and his speaking—and am honored to have written a blurb for it: If you want to do more than you can alone, you want to motivate yourself and others, even to inspire. Most people don’t think they[…] Keep reading →

The Ethicist: Can My Cat Go Out if He Bullies Other Cats?

on October 15, 2017 in Ethicist, Nonjudgment

Continuing my series of responses to the New York Times’, The Ethicist, here is my take on today’s post, “Can My Cat Go Out if He Bullies Other Cats?” Playing outside is my cat’s greatest joy. During the long Maine winters, he stares wistfully out the window. The moment the snow melts, he’s outside climbing trees and running laps. The whole street knows my cat, Jasper, by name. Children play[…] Keep reading →

Examples of cultural reversals: We can stop destroying the environment

on October 14, 2017 in Nature

Do you consider acting on the environment hopeless? Even if you don’t consciously, many people don’t bother trying, feeling that if they change but industries don’t or billions of other people don’t then what’s the point? Success stories Several other large social changes have happened in my lifetime that suggest that change of the scale in time frame that addressing various climate issues needs is possible. Remember that climate change,[…] Keep reading →

Geeking out with a spreadsheet: How much I’ve lived through

on October 13, 2017 in Awareness, Visualization

I decided to have fun with a spreadsheet and calculate how much I’ve lived of historical times. I’m surprised to find I’ve lived a meaningful fraction of historical periods—all the more so if I live to 100. See the tables below. First, I’ll share some highlights. How much of history I’ve lived For example, I’ve lived 2.3% of the time since Jesus. 2.3% is small, but I wouldn’t have expected[…] Keep reading →

The same workout in 1/3 the time

on October 12, 2017 in Fitness

Yesterday I tried an experiment with my kettlebell workout I’d meant to try for months, maybe years, and it worked. Iteration 1 My fitness instructor friend taught me a set of exercises for a full body workout using only a few kettlebells. I started doing it a few years ago. I like the results so I’ve done it since. For a couple years, I’ve done it every fourth day. It[…] Keep reading →