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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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276: Service. stewardship, and the huge rewards they create

on January 18, 2020 in Podcast

The notes I read from for this episode: Service and giving back using Jason McCarthy GORUCK guy on Jocko. Friend, Dan Zehner, knows Jason Told me about his episode on Jocko Willink’s podcast One section resonated with me because it described what I feel He speaks as a veteran and starts by describing owing Jason says elsewhere in the conversation that military service isn’t unique in providing these results. Other[…] Keep reading →

My thoughts from when the alarm goes off

on January 17, 2020 in Awareness, Habits, Perception, SIDCHAs

I love my sidcha to wake up, make my bed, cross the room, and turn off my alarm within sixty seconds. Loving the sidcha doesn’t mean I love every moment of it. On the contrary, the first few moments of it feel the same as they always have. I start with the same thoughts. Over the years, my inner monologue has come to change to purposeful enthusiasm faster. But I[…] Keep reading →

My keynote at Sustainology 2019 (video)

on January 16, 2020 in Leadership, Nature

I gave the lead off keynote talk at the 9th annual Sustainology, hosted by the Swedish American Chamber of Commerce at Citi’s headquarters in Tribeca, Manhattan on November 12, 2019. Sustainology’s mission “An Impact Unicorn is a disruptive company impacting over 1 billion people” Let’s measure the success of unicorn companies through impact instead of dollars! In a single day, ‘Sustainology Summit – One Billion’ will bring together and demonstrate[…] Keep reading →

TOMORROW: My webinar on Initiative with Columbia Business School

on January 15, 2020 in Education, Entrepreneurship, Events

Free online, noon Eastern, Thursday, January 16. All are welcome to join tomorrow’s webinar I’m hosting with Columbia Business School on Initiative—based on my book. My similar talk at Google got rave reviews. Click to register I look forward to seeing you there. Click to register

275: Go Big

on January 14, 2020 in Podcast

If you are thinking of doing something to act on the environment, go big. Instead of thinking the littlest thing you can do, think of the future and go big. What’s the biggest thing you can do? Not for others. For what you think is right. For how the future will look back on us. For how we look back on slavery. Would you free your slaves if you were[…] Keep reading →

Psychology Today: Food, Sustainability, and Joy

on January 13, 2020 in psychologytoday

My podcast episode with Chris Schembra, 159: Chris Schembra: Expressing Gratitude, got heartfelt feedback from listeners. I wrote about Chris’s influence on helping me grow my famous no-packaging vegetable stew dinners in my Psychology Today column. Check out my piece there, Food, Sustainability, and Joy: Food introduced the joy of sustainability to me. A food entrepreneur helped. Thanks to Chris for the conversation and inspiration that led to it. And[…] Keep reading →

Make exercises and activities easier by combining complementing ones

on January 12, 2020 in Habits, Tips

Pairing hot with cold Cold showers are hard to start, even in the middle of the summer, though rewarding, so I you want the benefit of taking them. Getting sweaty from running, rowing, or other vigorous exercise feels good in some sense, but who wants to stay sweaty? When you’re hot you want to cool off, even in the middle of winter. Pairing getting hot and sweaty with a cold[…] Keep reading →

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