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The Strange Story of How Daily Vulnerability Finally Got Me to Lean Into My Strengths

You hear a lot of trite bullshit on success these days. One of the usual suspects I always hated was, “Lean into your strengths.” I never really gave this too much credence because of two reasons: 1.       It seemed perfectly fucking obvious 2.       I didn’t perceive that my strengths were different and unique from others… Continue reading The Strange Story of How Daily Vulnerability Finally Got Me to Lean Into My Strengths

An Essay About Streaking

Perhaps I should preface this by clarifying I am not talking about running without clothes on. All the perverts can stop reading now I guess, unless you’re interested in daily writing that is. No I’m talking about about finally crossing off those big, hairy, audacious goals that sit unfulfilled on bucket lists all over the… Continue reading An Essay About Streaking

3 Simple Mental and Physical Band-Aids to Restore a Bruised Ego and Get Back to Living On Your Terms

The pandemic has affected everyone differently. For me, it caused that “man in the mirror” moment. The world was seemingly falling apart at the seams, and I was failing to rise to the occasion.   There was a painful realization that I was overweight and unhealthy, disengaged both at work and home, and doing absolutely… Continue reading 3 Simple Mental and Physical Band-Aids to Restore a Bruised Ego and Get Back to Living On Your Terms

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

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