Category Archives: Blog

The longer I go without flying, the more people talking about flying sounds like they’re talking about heroin, part 2.

on May 24, 2019 in Blog

I wrote before about how the longer I go without flying, the more people talking about flying sounds like they’re talking about heroin. They sound like they’re craving. They don’t care how much they’ll allow their life to fall apart to make it happen. They don’t care whom their habits hurt. They sound entitled, often whiny. My friend who works with addicts described the squalor they allow themselves to live[…] Keep reading →

Justifying music?

on May 23, 2019 in Blog

I just got back from seeing (and hearing) my niece perform in her junior high school orchestra. On the back of the music program, a section described the value of learning music — not how great learning music was, but how music developed skills and prepared students for other things in life, like math. What happened to us as a culture that anyone feels compelled to justify learning music in[…] Keep reading →

182: Dov Baron, part 3: What is your car worth?

on May 20, 2019 in Blog

When last we heard from Dov, about a year ago, he had limited driving his James Bond Jaguar, enjoyed the experience beyond expectation, and said he was considering getting rid of it. For a year I’ve wondered what came of his commitment. Many people “forget” or give up on commitments to bring mugs with them to cafés. What could I expect from a guy who aspired since childhood for a[…] Keep reading →

My body is the outward manifestation of my beliefs and habits.

on May 18, 2019 in Blog

Burpees began eight-and-a-half years ago. Burpees begat other bodyweight exercises and stretches. Bodyweight exercises begat kettlebell exercises. Kettlebell exercises begat bigger shoulders, biceps, thighs, and calves. As I got more fit, I wondered how I wanted to look. At 47, I probably don’t have the testosterone to get jacked, which I think is the technical term for having unusually large muscles. But I never wanted huge muscles. I also don’t[…] Keep reading →

Read an Excerpt from Initiative

on May 16, 2019 in Blog

I posted a simple book page for Initiative: A Proven Method to Bring Your Passions to Life (and Work) where you can download a sneak preview of the book’s preface. Click to go to the page, scroll down to enter your email and download the sneak preview.

The Success Through Failure Podcast on my new book, Initiative

on May 15, 2019 in Blog

Friend and podcaster Jim Harshaw Junior posted our conversation on Initiative to his Success Through Failure podcast. Jim and I have appeared on each other’s podcast twice each and met in person, so the conversation is friendly and open. I refer to his conversations on my podcast more than almost any other for his facing and overcoming his environmental challenge by involving his family in the process, bringing them closer.[…] Keep reading →

Can’t or Won’t Achieve Your Potential?

on May 14, 2019 in Blog

Would you rather believe you can’t achieve something you haven’t but that others have, or that you chose not to? I don’t know if there’s a right answer, but I find the question interesting. If you aren’t as fit as you like, do you prefer believing that you couldn’t if you tried or that you chose not to try? Have you not negotiated that raise or promotion because you can’t[…] Keep reading →

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