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Treat Failure With Respect

on March 14, 2019 in Entrepreneurship, Stories

“Fail early and often” “Fail forward” “Fail, fail, fail” The business world, especially around entrepreneurship, promotes failing as a way to learn. I recognize its inevitability and necessity for learning, but I suspect many people who promote it have never experienced devastating failure. I’ve failed huge in life and I wouldn’t speak about it as cavalierly as many do. I consider physical injury inevitable in fitness and learning and I[…] Keep reading →

154: Why You, Famous Person, Will Like Being a Guest on this Podcast

on March 13, 2019 in Podcast

Today, I’m sharing what value being a guest offers to influential, well-known people. I call Oprah and her peers the single-name people — people everyone knows by single names: LeBron, Serena, Sergey, Larry, Barack, Elon, Bill, Mark, Madonna, Giselle, Venus, Meryl, Bruce, Maradonna, Cher, Beyonce, Messi, Jay-Z, and so on. I also mean anyone influential or with an audience — people in politics, accomplished actors, journalists, singers, artists, and the[…] Keep reading →

153: Sean O’Connor, part 1: From paper cups to evaluating life

on March 12, 2019 in Podcast

Today’s guest, Sean, is a friend. We recorded this conversation before the podcast launched in November 2017. It took a while to get through the editing process, but I wanted to post it to document the evolution of the podcast and me. For Sean, it shows him as a leader of leaders, since all the guests since followed him. In showing that I grew as an interviewer, finding a purpose,[…] Keep reading →

152: Peter Gray, part 1: Free to Learn

on March 11, 2019 in Podcast

Nobody likes being coerced to do something you don’t want under threat of punishment. Nor do people like being told they’re wrong or ignorant by someone else telling you they know better. Yet it happens all the time. Much of our politics and public dialog — our leadership — is about coercion, self-righteousness, hitting people over the head with facts, and the like, especially around the environment. It doesn’t work.[…] Keep reading →

151: What Al Gore Misses

on March 10, 2019 in Podcast

Since seeing Al Gore’s movies and speaking in person in November, I’ve wanted to share what I see as the next step in leading people to live by their environmental values. I love what Al Gore has done so far and could learn more from him than he could from me, but I think the next step of environmental leadership will come from leaders living by their environmental values far[…] Keep reading →

Why call using no sugar extreme but not using no heroin?

on March 9, 2019 in Leadership

People keep describing my unbroken sidcha practices and avoiding polluting as disciplined. Regarding avoiding packaged food and not flying, they describe it as extreme. Actually, some describe it all as extreme. Let me ask you this: which is easier, to take heroin sometimes and try to avoid getting addicted or never to take heroin at all? It seems to me easier never to take it. Then the risk of getting[…] Keep reading →

150: Tom Murphy, part 1: Do the Math, the language of nature

on March 8, 2019 in Podcast

Everyone thinks about the environment. Nearly everyone gets bogged down in questions. What’s best? Will this or that change make a difference? What does all the science mean? What should I do? Science answers some of these questions. Science is the study of nature. People associate it with going to the moon or people in lab coats, but it’s about nature — sunsets, gravity, why the sky is blue, as[…] Keep reading →

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