just quit it: quitting toward extraordinary

it can be the greatest risk you ever take. quitting can go against everything you know, everything you’re told, everything you fear. your friends tell you how secure your job is, how right your relationship is, how great your house is. your parents told you never to quit a job before you’ve given it 2…

getting uncomfortable

try something new. something that’s a stretch. this week i’m at my parents’ house. my dad got in a bike wreck and is nursing a pelvis injury. so, i’ve traded the office and spreadsheets to be an assistant care taker this week. nothing major, just helping him up and down steps, into the car, up…

mediocrity fatigue

“life’s too short to fight the forces of change. life’s too short to hate what you do all day. life’s way too short to make mediocre stuff. and almost everything that’s standard is now viewed as mediocre. is there a difference between average and mediocre? not so much. average stuff is taken for granted, not…

ditching debt

debt is a part of our lives. especially for the middle class. borrow for college. borrow for a car. borrow for another car. borrow for braces. borrow for a new tv. 12 months at zero interest. it’s cheap money. interest rates are low. save 15% at banana republic when you open their credit card. save…

playing with questions

good questions unlock great conversation, but also open your mind to possibilities, to explore and to experience others. here are a few for us to interact with: what will you dare to dream? what would you do differently if you were to live without regret? what if there were no barriers to your success? why…

speak up

“put your whole self into it, and you will find your true voice. hold back and you won’t. It’s that simple.” hugh macleod should i wait for the right opportunity? or does putting my whole self into my pursuit create the right opportunity? is it like the walk of faith scene in indiana jones and…

padded walls: life in a cubicle

why are cubicle walls padded? life in a cubicle maze is enough to drive one insane. why make the extra effort to make the walls padded? doing so only reinforces a feeling of going mad. when’s the last time you were inspired hedged in by the gray pads of cubicle walls? I worked in a…