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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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092: Paternalism and pride: why fly to Africa to eek out minor efficiencies when we waste hundreds times more?

on October 6, 2018 in Podcast

First world people pollute hundreds of times more than third world people yet the material prosperity doesn’t translate to greater happiness. Specifically, according to the National Academy of Science, “The striking thing about the happiness–income paradox is that over the long-term —usually a period of 10 y or more—happiness does not increase as a country’s income rises.” We could reduce our waste by 75% while improving our quality of life,[…] Keep reading →

My calisthenics, September 2018

on October 5, 2018 in Fitness, Freedom, Habits, SIDCHAs, Visualization

I’ve kept my twice-daily calisthenics routines nearly the same for a few years. Now you can see them. I settled onto through trial and error and some research, not through a trainer, so I welcome comments and suggestions. My morning routine 27 burpees (last 3 with with diamond push-ups) Hamstring stretch for 60 breaths Pike for 10 breaths 10 lying hip raises 10 45-pound weighted crunches with legs up 10[…] Keep reading →

Drugs are everywhere. Everywhere.

on October 4, 2018 in Awareness

Maybe from reading Michael Pollan’s recent book, How to Change Your Mind, or the nationwide spread of repealing the prohibition on cannabis, or the increasing research finding therapeutic effects of illegal drugs claimed to have no value, or people talking about doing illegal drugs on in the media with no consequence, or overhearing middle-aged women talk about enjoying Percocet left over after the pain it was prescribed for passed, or[…] Keep reading →

Student reviews of my leadership course, summer 2018

on October 3, 2018 in Education, Exercises, Leadership

Last summer, I taught a short version of my course to working professionals. I taught it through NYU, though it’s one of the courses I teach independently online and in corporations. It overlaps with my coaching for leadership clients. Here are the student reviews—as usual, all of them, no cherry-picking. Summer 2018 leadership student reviews Yes, I would definitely recommend this course to others. The combination of interactive classes, consistent[…] Keep reading →

I’m not trying to save the world. I’m helping people improve their lives.

on October 2, 2018 in Nature

People keep describing my working on the environment as “saving the world.” I guess I can see the confusion, and I don’t mind improving the environment being a side effect I like, but it’s not what I’m doing. I call the podcast leadership and the environment, with the word leadership first, for a reason. My main goal is to help people improve their lives by living by their environmental values.[…] Keep reading →

Men aren’t as confused as the media say

on October 1, 2018 in Awareness, Perception

My response to a popular social media post is below. I don’t pretend it’s the final word, but it expresses something missing. The post I responded to Guys ask why women are so pissed off. Even guys with wives and daughters. Jackson Katz, a prominent social researcher, illustrates why. He’s done it with hundreds of audiences: “I draw a line down the middle of a chalkboard, sketching a male symbol[…] Keep reading →

The Ethicist: Should I Go to a Gender-Reveal Party?

on September 30, 2018 in Ethicist

My series answering the New York Times’ Ethicist column with an active, leadership approach instead of an analytical, philosophical perspective continues with “Should I Go to a Gender-Reveal Party?”. A close relation is pregnant with her first child and is having a gender-reveal party. She is overjoyed with the addition to our family, as am I. However, I am adamantly opposed to attending the gender-reveal party because it violates my[…] Keep reading →

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