Cultivating Your Crisis + Flourishing Mindsets

When everything sucks, we get through when we have the right type of crisis mindset.  There’s a scale, and some of us are better than others across a number of variables, but our crisis mindsets determine our ability to get out of the crisis itself (at least with our wits, and hopefully with some semblance … Continue reading Cultivating Your Crisis + Flourishing Mindsets

Sunday Music: Kendrick’s “Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers”

Kendrick Lamar’s got a lot to say on his new record. But what really stopped me on my first listen was asking, “Is that Eckhart Tolle talking too?!” Spoiler: it is. On my first few passes, I think Kendrick has done it, yet again. If you need a quick intro to Tolle, read this (“Feel … Continue reading Sunday Music: Kendrick’s “Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers”

Podcast Of The Week: Seth Godin And Debbie Millman

Anytime Seth Godin and Debbie Millman get together it’s worth listening. They’re gods of marketing, design, and what I think we can agree to call, “vulnerable leadership.”  If you don’t know them, you’re in for a treat. If you do, you already know what it means to be a fly on the wall when they … Continue reading Podcast Of The Week: Seth Godin And Debbie Millman

Do Good Work For Good People (Wendell Berry Wisdom)

My professional mission statement has evolved into this: do good work for good people.  I found a deep connection with this simple idea while listening to Nick Offerman’s chapter on Wendell Berry in the book Gumption. The following is a note I made, which may or may not be a  direct quote I really wanted … Continue reading Do Good Work For Good People (Wendell Berry Wisdom)

Optimism And Pessimism Are Copouts

Leave it to Wendell Berry to drop a stoic line like this, The programs of optimism and pessimism are copouts because you’re taking the responsibility off of yourself to keep trying.  Leave it Nick Offerman to interpret said Wendell Berry stoic line like this (paraphrased):  You can say, “everything will be great, so let’s watch … Continue reading Optimism And Pessimism Are Copouts

The Power Of Daily Reminders (Rickey Henderson’s Un-Cashed $1m Check)

Baseball legend, Rickey Henderson, wanted to remind himself he “made it.”  He wanted, daily, to walk past the check for $1 million - from the Oakland A’s - marking the point his life changed forever.  And not just because of the amount of money, but because of the validation the check represented. So he framed … Continue reading The Power Of Daily Reminders (Rickey Henderson’s Un-Cashed $1m Check)

Thunder Is Good, But It’s The Lightning That Does The Work

Thunder is good, thunder is impressive, but it is lightning that does the work. - Mark Twain Make a loud noise. Talk a lot of talk. Be like thunder and everybody will hear you. Make your point by doing the work, effectively and efficiently. If they’re looking in the other direction they might miss it. … Continue reading Thunder Is Good, But It’s The Lightning That Does The Work

Sunday Music: Jazz At Harvard with Wynton Marsalis

Did you know Wynton Marsalis’ Harvard lecture series, “Hidden in Plain View” is on YouTube? I didn't. Get some music. Get some philosophy. Get some of that Marsalis magic in your soul.  I was lucky enough to see him give a masterclass circa 2004. Now, I’ve seen my share of music masterclasses and most of them … Continue reading Sunday Music: Jazz At Harvard with Wynton Marsalis