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…

Ideas Are Pointless

…unless put into action. For far too long, I’ve been an idea guy. I have ideas on the way things should be, how to build a better a business, how to make more money, have more impact, have a better marriage, but without action my ideas are pointless. In many areas I’ve been a thinker…

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…

“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…

Calm Down in Conversation

I get worked up about some ridiculous things sometimes. Ask my wife. It’s typically in the evening right as she’s about to fall asleep. Admittedly, really poor timing ending in frustration and me having to eat crow as a bedtime snack. I’m slowly learning the art of the apology…slowly.  I’ve tried protesting her fatigue in…

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…

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…

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…