Creating more than we consume

We are all consumers.  We are consumers of material things, of course, but we are also consumers of ideas.  Whenever we watch a movie, read a book, or play a game, we are consuming content. Some of us take the time to actually create something new. New products, new ideas and solutions to challenges, new […]

5 questions I ask myself each year

Now is when many of us set goals for the coming year.  Setting goals is easy.  Assessing ourselves–really holding that mirror up–is not so easy. These are five questions I ask myself every year: What did I accomplish this past year? What do I hope to accomplish this coming year? What do I wish to […]

Is your personal evolution “stuck in a rut”?

It is so exhilarating when we are making rapid progress towards our goals.  For some of us, that might mean steady weight loss as part of a diet and exercise program.  Or, it might be seeing our daily word count accumulate as we develop our writing skills. When we are making progress, it is easy […]

Taking care of the Inner Circle: an “Aha!” moment

I love “Aha!” moments. You know what I’m talking about; those sudden strokes of “genius” that fill us with excitement and make us giddy to share our moment of glory with others. I also love moments where introspection and self-awareness meet personal evolution. Where we have discovered something so satisfying and revelatory it changes the […]

My Persistent Passion for Entrepreneurship

Most of us have subjects we are passionate about.  When that passion develops relatively early in life and continues to be a passion as we develop our professional careers, that is what I call a Persistent Passion. I am fortunate to have at least two persistent passions in my life.  This is a chronicle of […]

Should we stop saying this phrase?

I am sure, at some point, you have had someone tell you: “It is what it is.” Maybe it was when you were bringing a problem to their attention, or expressing frustration with the status quo. This particular phrase invaded my vocabulary around the time I entered the corporate world. At first, it seemed to […]

Common childhood advice that is simply wrong

It’s not enough to just be good at the work you do.  You also need to cultivate the perception others have in your work. Perception matters, whether your aim is to educate prospective customers, woo your lover, or seek a promotion from your supervisor. Like so many others growing up in rural North Dakota, I […]

How to win in the game of life

“I don’t remember where I was when I realized life was a game. The more seriously I took things, the harder the rules became.” –lyrics from “À Tout le Monde” by Megadeth. Life isn’t fair.  As my own means of coping (and flourishing) in this absurd world we live in, I have began, in recent […]

How I learned to trust my instinct

Everyone has regrets.  Anyone who says they have lived life without any regrets is either lying, they are not introspective, or they are a narcissistic sonofabitch. My greatest regrets in life have been when I ignored my instinct. Most of the time, these were professional decisions:  I allowed distractions to keep me from fully developing […]

There is no such thing as a bad day

There are several sayings which have entered our culture that are like nails on the chalkboard for me. I would have to say, “I’m having a bad day” ranks right up there in my top two. (Interchanging with “It is what it is,” but we’ll save that for another time). I wouldn’t call my childhood […]