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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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Marathon Number Eight

on February 28, 2021 in Fitness

I woke up, ate a light breakfast, oiled the chain, set the machine for intervals of just over 1/8th a marathon, and rowed. About three and a half hours later I finished my second rowing marathon. My results: I rowed my first rowing marathon two years ago. Someone pointed out my rest periods then of 2 minutes were too long (I forget the reason, something about the body switching modes).[…] Keep reading →

442: Jonathan Hardesty, part 1: The Journey from Absolute Rookie to Mastery

on February 27, 2021 in Art, Podcast

Longtime listeners and readers of my books and podcast know I draw the analogy to learning and mastering a skill to learning to play piano or a sport. You start by playing scales or practicing groundstrokes. Likewise with leadership or taking initiative, acting entrepreneurially, both performance arts you can master. Also acting in stewardship. People don’t get that learning to cook without producing tons of garbage took training from when[…] Keep reading →

“Do black men have a harder struggle in life than most? Are white men privileged?” see me on a Magamedia panel

on February 26, 2021 in Nonjudgment

Readers have given me positive feedback on my appearance on the politically conservative, Trump-supporting media outlet Magamedia. I value interacting with people with diverse views. The other day, I participated in a panel there prompted by a Congressional candidate from California facing criticism for posting an artwork representing the experience of black men. We examined the situation from a range of perspectives. I’d love your thoughts, whether you agree with[…] Keep reading →

You can make a habit stick faster than the “experts” say

on February 25, 2021 in Habits, Tips

All the “experts” have some study for how long it takes for a habit to stick. Here are a bunch of articles from searching “how long to start a habit” not worth reading that give the common answers: How Long Does It Take for a New Behavior to Become Automatic? begins: “According to a 2009 study published in the European Journal of Social Psychology, it takes 18 to 254 days[…] Keep reading →

441: John Sargent, part 1: The CEO who reduced a Big Five publisher’s footprint

on February 24, 2021 in Podcast

I learned of John’s work through his statement at Macmillan’s Sustainability page while researching Ray Anderson: In 2009, after reading Ray Anderson’s “Confessions of a Radical Industrialist,” I decided it was Macmillan’s responsibility to lessen our impact on the earth, and in particular, to lower our carbon emissions. We created a senior position in the company and spent well over a year measuring our carbon footprint. We then set ourselves[…] Keep reading →

How learning sustainability is like learning sex

on February 22, 2021 in Education, Nature

My books and courses get stellar reviews because they teach how to lead and take initiative effectively—not through lecture but through practicing the basics and advancing as we improve, sometimes to mastery. We learn all performance-based fields that way—sports, dance, music, military, and so on. I approached coaching acting sustainably similarly. It hit me the other day that some things we don’t need structured learning for—things we love without any[…] Keep reading →

Pandemic Fatigue? How to Achieve Pandemic Thriving

on February 21, 2021 in Leadership, Models, Nonjudgment, Perception, Tips

I posted on handling what people call pandemic fatigue to Thrive Global today: Pandemic Fatigue? How to Achieve Pandemic Thriving. Here’s the text of the article: When I learned I would be locked down indefinitely, knowing we were all heading into unknown territory, I looked for role models. Who had handled such a situation successfully? Nelson Mandela had been locked down for twenty-seven years, most of that time on a[…] Keep reading →

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