Thank You Seth Godin

If you haven’t read much of Seth Godin, you’re missing out. He’s been one of my frequent reads as of late. From his older books from the late 90s, Permission Marketing, to his newest, What To Do When It’s Your Turn, he’s impacting so much of the way I see business, the world and myself. He’s challenged me to…

Comfort Zone – Dive Off of It

“Your entire life has been about coordinating your comfort zone and your safety zone. Learning when to push and when to back off, understanding how it feels when you’re about to hit a danger zone…we’ve been trained to stay inside the fence, because inside the fence is where it’s safe—until it’s too late. We don’t…

Amateur Hour – Love it

“The feeling of competence is often best engaged by working right at the edge of one’s abilities. The feeling that I did this myself and it’s good, often beats the feeling that Professionals did this for me and it’s perfect.” – Clay Shirky in Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age The summer…

Emotions of Money: Banks Love FOMO

Driving to Costco the other day I saw a billboard that read, “You deserve a break! $5,000 personal loan only $99 a month.” The background showed a skiier in fresh powder with a huge smile on his face. Are your friends going skiing this winter? Or to Europe this summer? You don’t want to miss…

Hope, Joy and Campfires

Is developing hope like building a campfire? Is joy built atop hope’s foundational flames. Maybe the breath of hope sweeps over dormant embers to light them again into joy’s warm flame. Maybe it’s catching a moment and nurturing it well that it may build lasting warmth. There are times when the embers of my heart…

Emotions of Money: Money Isn’t Emotional, You Are!

I’m fascinated by the internal emotional worlds within each of us. That’s probably why I managed to get a graduate degree in counseling. Our internal worlds impact everything we do. From our willingness to take risks, our ability to pursue healthy relationships to how we spend our money, time and gifts. Off and on I…

The Clock is Ticking

Consider this: “Someone born in 1960 has watched something like fifty thousand hours of TV already, and may watch another thirty thousand hours before she dies.” Clay Shirky in Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age “Americans watch roughly two hundred billion hours of TV every year…we spend roughly a hundred million hours…

Hope, Joy and Fireflies

  As a kid I loved certain aspects oftime at my grandparents house. They lived in Savoy, Texas. Population 841. A tiny town. One flashing light and a stop sign. The best part of it for me was that my grandparents lived on a few acres where I’d spend my days exploring, shooting my bb…

Muted: Time to Turn Up Your Volume

Fall brings about football season. Having lived too long in the south and having graduated from a SEC school I’m acutely aware of the societal changes that go on when football season rolls around. Granted, my alma mater, University of Arkansas, tends toward the underwhelming most seasons. Regardless, Razorback fans adorned in red huddle relentlessly…

Elbow Room – Fighting for Your Space

I’m sitting on a plane headed for Dallas. The guy next to me has been passively fighting me for the armrest. You know what I’m talking about. He slowly pressures my elbow and moves his arm to cover more and more of the armrest. Trying to edge me out of the space we’re meant to…