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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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090: Obesity and the Environment

on September 25, 2018 in Podcast

How we treat our bodies is how we are treating our environment. How we treat the environment is how we are treating our bodies. The fat and CO2 concentrations aren’t the cause of the problem. The are the effects. The cause is our behavior. Our behavior is rooted in our beliefs, emotions, and behaviors. If we want to change the effects, we have to change the causes, which is our[…] Keep reading →

089: Evelina Utterdahl, part 1: Traveling the world without flying

on September 24, 2018 in Podcast

Evelina Utterdahl travels more than most. She writes travel columns. She loves travel as much as anyone, maybe more. Yet she chooses not to fly, as she wrote in Why I have chosen to travel the world without flying. If you’ve had trouble aligning your life with your values, you may learn from her. Part of a growing number of people who think before they fly, she chooses not to fly not out of ignorance[…] Keep reading →

Help me expand

on September 23, 2018 in Blog, Choosing/Decision-Making

You responded with overwhelming support to my last two posts Should I raise funds and market more? Should I write on more controversial issues? I value more views. If you haven’t written, please email. Looking back, I’ve only heard support from readers on voicing controversial views. I think people could tell I want to branch out. Institutions like Inc. have been more conservative, but as one reader wrote, NYU is[…] Keep reading →

Should I write on more controversial issues?

on September 22, 2018 in Blog, Choosing/Decision-Making

I mostly write about leadership, education, learning leadership, fitness, personal growth, the environment, and a few related topics. Most people who talk to me in person know a few topics I talk a lot about but hold back on writing about. They’re controversial and people with different views are powerful and vindictive—politics, especially identity politics, obesity, sexuality, sexual equality, attraction and dating, and a few others. With part of my[…] Keep reading →

Should I raise funds and market more?

on September 21, 2018 in Blog, Choosing/Decision-Making

I chose to write a post every day, then to write a book, then to start a podcast because 1) enough people told me they found my voice unique and valuable, 2) I felt I had things worth saying, and 3) I would grow from the experience. Outside of launching Leadership Step by Step, I haven’t tried to market that much. That launch wasn’t that big, though it took me[…] Keep reading →

Do you fly to experience the beauty of nature and untouched places and cultures?

on September 20, 2018 in Awareness, Nature

Do you consider it a moral or ethical issue that water flows downhill? Probably not. Do I sound like I’m trying to make you feel guilty if I say that it rains sometimes? Again, probably not. In the same spirit of speaking non-morally and non-ethically, but simply stating the obvious, when you fly to experience nature, solitude, or remote, untouched cultures what you see, you’re helping destroy. I’m not saying[…] Keep reading →

088: Bea Johnson: The Priestess of Waste-Free Living

on September 19, 2018 in Podcast

Bea has become a role model, maybe even a hero to me. People keep saying they’re impressed with my waste. It’s easy to allow your standards to slide. One problem: my fellow Americans waste more than nearly anyone in human history. I don’t want to relax my cleanliness and integrity. Bea has reduced waste for longer and has spoken more about it. She knows what works, what doesn’t, how to[…] Keep reading →

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