A Cheat Code for New Creators

It took me years to get “ready” for my first month of writing online. For nearly a decade, I’d gathered research and fragments of essays and posts and newsletters and everything things else in between. Waiting for the right moment to unleash my heretofore untapped creative genius onto the world, or something like that. It… Continue reading A Cheat Code for New Creators

What I Miss About Speaking to Thousands of High School Students

From 2007-2015, I spoke to over 2500 high school scholars from around the country. For some this may sound like a nightmare, but I loved every second. The students would come to Washington, DC for the National Youth Leadership Forum on National Security. It’s a weeklong event for high-achieving students interested in foreign policy, intelligence… Continue reading What I Miss About Speaking to Thousands of High School Students

Why “Flipping the Switch” is a Stupid Myth We Should All Stop Believing Right Dang Now

It’s cliché AF, but I used to think I could just “flip the switch”. I thought I could just turn it on and deliver my best anytime it mattered, and win. Whether it was in business, at school, in sports, with friends and even with love. Can you believe that? I thought that if I… Continue reading Why “Flipping the Switch” is a Stupid Myth We Should All Stop Believing Right Dang Now

We Improve Ourselves Through Victories Over the Sorry-Ass, Lazy Side of Ourselves

You may have noticed that one good day usually isn’t enough. Even after a perfect day of progress and engagement, we wake up the next day with the scoreboard back to zero. There is no ticker-tape parade to celebrate the progress of yesterday. Momentum can be a cruel mistress. While today was fine, there were… Continue reading We Improve Ourselves Through Victories Over the Sorry-Ass, Lazy Side of Ourselves

The Juice

There are certain times in our lives when more is required. Usually, these times are also periods of great growth and opportunity. The catch is they show up dressed as hard work. And as such, we don’t recognize them sometimes. Perhaps it’s understandable. During these periods, the volume gets turned up. We start getting more… Continue reading The Juice

Are You Working on the Things that Matter to You? Or Are You Just Spending Your Time Trying to Prove to the World You Already Do?

Writing down our biggest and most audacious goals is fun, but kind of bullshit. Don’t get me wrong, goals are an essential element of worthwhile accomplishments. I see a lot of stuff these days about writing our goals down, committing to them. But I don’t see a lot of stuff about executing on those goals;… Continue reading Are You Working on the Things that Matter to You? Or Are You Just Spending Your Time Trying to Prove to the World You Already Do?