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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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Environmental leadership resources

on August 3, 2018 in Nature

Here are resources I learn from and return to about joy, discovery, meaning, purpose, community (not doom, gloom, new-age fluff, etc), in no particular order. I’ll keep adding to it. I recommend bingeing on all of it. The Story of Stuff Main site Their movies (my favorite part of the main site and one of my top starting points) Zero Waste Bea Johnson videos, a big role model since saying[…] Keep reading →

070: Seth Godin: coming soon

on August 2, 2018 in Podcast

This short recording is a teaser for my full interview with Seth Godin, who needs no introduction. It begins and ends with messages from Seth, sandwiching my top-level impressions from meeting with him at his home and talking at length. He talks about his new book, This Is Marketing: You Can’t Be Seen Until You Learn to See, in our conversation so the full recording will come out when the[…] Keep reading →

069: Why you will follow me to fly less

on August 1, 2018 in Podcast

2 minutes and 53 seconds to show you the trends people are following back to what used to be normal and healthy. Fight against clean and pure all you want. You’ll follow eventually. Why not start now and lead?

Jordan Harbinger and how rehearsal *improves* spontaneity and authenticity

on July 31, 2018 in Audio, Exercises, Leadership, Relationships

I’ll soon post my podcast interview with Jordan Harbinger, one of the world’s top podcasters. First I’m sharing this example of Jordan and how to learn to communicate authentically and genuinely—through practice and rehearsal. Think genuineness and authenticity matter in business? How about marriage? This recording features Jordan’s wife talking about how Jordan came off, when she knew he practiced, rehearsed, and taught others to. Practice and rehearsal work because[…] Keep reading →

Too much sugar? Here’s a bigger problem.

on July 30, 2018 in Nature

You’ve already heard an evolutionary reason for obesity, but there’s another. The one you’ve heard is that since our ancestors evolved in environments without much spare energy in their diets, we evolved to love eating high-energy things like sugar and fat and bodies that hold on to that energy, mainly in fat. Then in the past few generations, we filled our worlds with foods high in sugar and fat. People[…] Keep reading →

The Ethicist: Should I Forgo Gay Sex to Donate Blood?

on July 29, 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 Forgo Gay Sex to Donate Blood?”. Recently, I’ve become more curious about sex. I never had a relationship in high school and, out of nervousness, declined some opportunities in college. Later, I had two frightening nonconsensual, nonpenetrative encounters. When I sought help, I was advised that[…] Keep reading →

LeBron, Michael, and meditation

on July 28, 2018 in Awareness, Fitness

I did a three-day meditation retreat last month, meaning nearly no talking, reading, writing, internet, phone, etc for three days. The basic unit of meditation there is one hour sitting still, which we do 6 or 7 times a day while there. Barely moving for one hour, focusing my mind is hard, though I’m more skilled at it than ever, which is why I go to the retreat sometimes. It’s[…] Keep reading →

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