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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 prefer fitness

on September 24, 2017 in Fitness, Nature

I was teased for being chubby as a kid and wore a t-shirt at the beach and pool to cover myself up. I was athletic in college and graduate school, though didn’t eat that healthily. I thought I did, but I ate a lot more fiber-removed food than I would today (that is, any). Today I’m fit. I prefer fit to chubby. By my values it’s better in every way[…] Keep reading →

Technology won’t save us from global warming

on September 23, 2017 in Nature

Anyone who has been stuck in a traffic jam has thought how an extra lane would open traffic and undo the jam. Anyone who has studied traffic knows that creating more lanes creates more traffic, not less. More efficient technology tends to increase consumption People think of technology as making things more efficient. More efficiency should lower power use, right? Sometimes it does, but in the long run in many[…] Keep reading →

Eating healthy is not more expensive. Not knowing how to cook is expensive.

on September 22, 2017 in Fitness, Nature

Search online which is more expensive between healthy and unhealthy food and you’ll find many posts in both directions. In my experience, buying fresh produce in season is cheaper than any buying practice I’ve had. Same with buying dried legumes like beans, lentils, and split peas. In-season produce tastes the most delicious, which is my most important measure of food. Fruits and vegetables are most plentiful in season, so farmers[…] Keep reading →

How NOT to reduce your pollution

on September 21, 2017 in Awareness, Choosing/Decision-Making, Nature, Tips

Do you want to pollute less but can’t stop yourself? If so, I bet you’re approaching it in a way that’s doomed to fail. You’re probably lying to yourself about how hard it is too. People ask me a lot: What do you eat if you don’t eat packaged food? What do you do to make up for not flying? Where do you get your protein? Did you ever notice[…] Keep reading →

The massive power of habitually doing what you don’t have to do: The Ziglar Show interview

on September 20, 2017 in Audio, Habits, Leadership, SIDCHAs

An early memory is of my mother, when she moved into sales and more entrepreneurship, having Zig Ziglar books. This was the late 70s. I was in grade school and knew nothing of business or this guy, except his memorable name. I’m pleased to announce that the Ziglar show, featuring Zig Ziglar’s son Tom and Kevin Miller posted an interview of me, “The massive power of habitually doing what you[…] Keep reading →

Refrigerating junk we don’t even have room at home for?!

on September 19, 2017 in Awareness, Nature

What are we doing?! I can’t believe how dissociated we are to what we’re doing to our world and not stopping ourselves, or seeing that we’re making our lives worse in the process. Case in point: this advertisement I saw walking home from teaching the other day. In case you don’t know, Manhattan Mini Storage rents closets you can store your stuff in. They have locations throughout the New York.[…] Keep reading →

How to Create Real Change: Smashing the Plateau with David Shriner-Cahn

on September 18, 2017 in Audio, Leadership

David Shriner-Cahn hosts the Smashing the Plateau podcast and today he released our conversation, “How to Create Real Change.” As fellow New Yorkers, David and I have met in person many times since my first time on his show, including at events he’s organized through his firm, TEND Strategic Partners, which helps small firms and entrepreneurs advance. Being friends makes the conversation more open and friendly. I talk more about[…] Keep reading →