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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.

I'm friendly and my cooking is to die for, so invite yourself over when you're near Greenwich Village.


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 →

Hear me with Dr. Diane Hamilton on Take the Lead Radio

on May 17, 2019 in Audio, Entrepreneurship

Dr. Hamilton interviewed me on her radio show, “Enabling People To Take Initiative with Joshua Spodek.” Here are her episode notes: As much as curiosity breeds creativity, many still struggle in taking the initiative and ownership of their ideas. In the entrepreneurial world, an idea-generating culture is what most aim for. Joshua Spodek, the bestselling author of Leadership Step by Step, helps people to spark ideas that may bring down[…] 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 →

Can you learn to take initiative?

on May 13, 2019 in Education, Entrepreneurship

Chatting about my upcoming book, Initiative, a friend and fellow blogger, Joe Byerly of From The Green Notebook, asked if people could learn to take initiative. I saw his question as rhetorical, since he’d read an advance copy, so he knew I’d taught just that, but he wanted to see how I’d answer. A lot of people believe you can’t. First, there’s a big reason why, independent of the answer,[…] Keep reading →

180: The Difference Between Me and Nearly Everyone I Know Acting on the Environment

on May 12, 2019 in Podcast

Imagine someone said too much stress and proposed giving someone with stress shoulder rubs or body massages. I bet a lot of people would say, “I’m stressed. I could use a shoulder rub.” If they were ready to give the shoulder massage then and there, they wouldn’t say, “You know who should really get them: the government or big corporations.” Yet suggest acting on their environmental values and they’ll say[…] Keep reading →

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