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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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Illegal immigration

on June 9, 2018 in Freedom

Immigration is a wedge issue in the U.S. It gets a lot of media attention. I’m going to admit that I don’t understand the controversy around illegal immigration. If the nation decided on laws for how many immigrants to receive, why the support for people who came here illegally? Should the laws change? I would support laws changed through a reasonably democratic process. Otherwise, what’s the point of immigration laws?[…] Keep reading →

Jane Jacobs and protecting the environment

on June 8, 2018 in Models

In response to The Champion of Little Plans, an article on Jane Jacobs by Nate Storring, who edited a book of her short works, and having moved to Greenwich Village in 1999 partly influenced by her work, I wrote For those who have read Death and Life of Great American Cities and The Power Broker, most of this article tells history you already know.After that part, it’s about applying her[…] Keep reading →

The Perfect Workout, Perfected?

on June 7, 2018 in Entrepreneurship, Fitness,

The Perfect Workout, Perfected? Regular readers know I find physical conditioning integral to leadership (and a rich, rewarding life). Research shows it. Research shows a few exercises work the whole body and cardiovascular system with low risk of injury–particularly swimming, cross-country skiing, and rowing. The first two need pools or snow. Rowing requires only an indoor rower, which is why I’ve put over 1,000,000 meters and hit big achievements (for[…] Keep reading →

I wish I had the dedication and discipline of most Americans

on June 6, 2018 in Choosing/Decision-Making, Fitness, Habits, SIDCHAs

My post yesterday about my heart rate of 49 beats per minute and how people choose to spend their leisure time got me thinking about living by your values–what leaders do. When they hear I exercise daily, people suggest I have some special discipline, dedication, or other skill. I wish! On the contrary, the average American’s dedication and discipline for their values dwarf mine. I have to craft my life to make exercising[…] Keep reading →

My resting heart rate: Top 2.5%

on June 5, 2018 in Fitness

For some reason when I sat down this afternoon I opened my phone’s stopwatch and counted my heart beats for a minute. I counted 52. I had just been walking around so after sitting a few minutes did it again and got 50. A few minutes later I got 49, then another 49. In physics labs in school, we learned to take at least 5 measurements. I downloaded an app[…] Keep reading →

Real-Life Spider-man, Sherlock Holmes, Doctor Strange, and the Hulk Are Saving Lives

on June 4, 2018 in

Real-Life Spider-man, Sherlock Holmes, Doctor Strange, and the Hulk Are Saving Lives Global headlines are announcing superheroes saving lives in our world, not comic books or movies. Global headlines are announcing superheroes saving lives in our world, not comic books or movies. Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Strange Yesterday, Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Strange star, Benedict Cumberbatch Credited With Saving a Cyclist From Attackers. The New York Times reported from a[…] Keep reading →

The Ethicist: Should I Tell My Hosts About My Medical Marijuana?

on June 3, 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 Tell My Hosts About My Medical Marijuana?”. I have developed a non-life-threatening medical condition that is incurable and has only limited conventional therapy. Symptoms appear at night with torturous pain. The physician-prescribed remedies are not working well. After reviewing online articles and discussion with one physician,[…] Keep reading →

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