a trillion dollars

$1,308,193,507,715 does that number even make sense to you? yes, that’s one trillion three hundred billion, one hundred ninety three million, five hundred seven thousand seven hundred and fifteen dollars. it’s the total amount of student loans in the u.s. as of 9:33am eastern time on march 21, 2015. oh wait, it just went up.…

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…

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…

one question

 we get one chance at this life. one. what would you do with your one chance in order to live without regret? *be specific. “travel more” is vague. “spend time drinking coffee in vienna’s coffee houses to better understand the value of pace” is specific, achievable and has meaning. this question is one that my…