Going Slow

I’ve heard the phrase “you gotta go slow to go fast” used is so many different situations. Take the time to go slow to learn something so you are proficient and can move quickly with it once it’s mastered. Take the time to do the work that matters so you can move quickly into influence.…

Miles 22-25

 I ran another marathon this past Sunday. It was my 9th and it went well. In fact, it’s probably the best race I’ve had. It wasn’t my fastest time and I didn’t even reach the goal I had set out to accomplish, but I think it was my best. Why? Because the race became difficult…

Less TV and More Books = More Interesting Life

 I used to be a prolific recreational reader. Two rounds of grad school zapped a bit of the joy out of reading. So, over the last couple of years I spent more time entertaining myself than I did educating myself. I watched a lot of sports, a lot of television and many movies. Sure, I…

Unsettled: Take a Less Traveled Road

I need my foundation to be shaken. I’m a pretty routine person when my environment lets me. I need opportunities that unsettle my footing. I need to face experiences that are uncomfortable, unfamiliar and challenging. That unfamiliar can be starting a business, taking a class, experiencing new people, places or experiences. Last year was a…

What Are You Afraid Of?

Fear. It’s unsettling. It can motivate, paralyze, stall, incubate, perpetuate, magnify, distract. It’s often in the driver’s seat or our psyche wondering which risk to steer us away from next. It keeps us from living. Keeps us from engaging. Keeps us from pursuing questions. Keeps us from feeling. Keeps us from living into our potential.…

“Those Things That Hurt Instruct”

So, the man whose likeness graces the hundred dollar bill is quoted saying, “Those things that hurt instruct”. A big sarcastic “thank you” to Ben Franklin for pointing out that the very thing I’ve worked so hard to avoid (pain) is the very thing that will keep me growing.That pain isn’t masochistic, nor it is…

Characteristics of People Who Love Their Work

I meet a lot of people who love what they do. It’s inspiring, motivating and encouraging to interact with them. In contrast to my earlier post on hated jobs(here), this group is a ever growing commonality as wild eyed start ups and divergent thinkers surface with regularity in our new economy. The tools of the…

Getting Unstuck From a Middle Mentality

It’s the middle of the day in the middle of the week just past the middle of the month and working toward the middle of the year. I’m a midsized, middle class, middle child, middle manager living in midwest middle America. I guess I’m a middle man. But a middle man is an intermediary between…

Anticipatory Fear

That’s my bandaged hand in the photo. I had a minor surgery yesterday. Nothing crazy, but I’ve been avoiding it for 10 months. The first time I met with the doctor back in July he said I could get a cortisone shot and if that didn’t work it’d be surgery. Well, the cortisone shot didn’t…