It’s been a hell of a long travel day with my young kids, but we arrived. After a near miss on our connecting flight in Charlotte, we thought we were home-free on our final descent into our beach vacation. Alas it was not to be. Pop-up storms in the area forced our pilot to abandon… Continue reading Our Plane Almost Ran Out of Fuel and It Kinda Restored My Faith in Humanity
In a sales job with quota, every month the scoreboard gets reset to zero. If you’re having a bad month, you can’t wait for the calendar to roll over and start fresh. If you had a great month, the glory is ever so fleeting before you have to do it all over again. In a… Continue reading The Paradox of Why Success Is Only Rented and Never Owned
In Spring of 2021, I got rejected for a promotion I thought I had a good chance at. I’d even gone all Jerry Maguire on preparation, writing a 20 page strategic plan and vision statement for my sales team. I’d gotten back in shape after almost surrendering my health forever and I was feeling pretty… Continue reading How Saying “Poopie Pants” to My Company’s Vice-President of Sales Changed Everything
Self-care is not a common buzz word among the “Dad” group. It doesn’t come up on the golf course or during the occasional manly steakhouse dinner with the brüs. But why not? Modern parents live in a world where the expectation is largely one of shared responsibilities when it comes to parenting, housework, and even… Continue reading Want to Meet Your Future Grandkids? Stop Avoiding this Word Immediately.
And on the final night of my wife’s latest international work trip, there was another crisis. After picking up the kids from school, we went to one of the local libraries to read, play, and run around away from the house since it’d just been cleaned that day. With mama on the way home from… Continue reading The Day My Son Straight-Up Told a Nice Librarian to Give Him His Raccoon Back
As I closed the book, I thought I was home-free. Picking up my nearly sleeping child to put into his crib, I allowed myself a moment of satisfaction. It was a tough day, but it was the kind of tough day that makes YOU tougher and ready to take the world. My wife has been… Continue reading Why Do Kids Always Know When to Deliver the Hubris? And Why is it Always When My Wife is Traveling?
Want to have a minor existential crisis? Visit a cemetery with your kids; bonus points if they’re really young. After an hour-long deep dive on mortality, gravestones, and living the good life with my children, I found myself in a somber mood on the way home. As we’d been walking between the rows of headstones,… Continue reading Visiting a Graveyard with Your Kids: Thoughts on the Reaper Waiting for Us All
I’m a pretty typical guy. I have a lovely wife and two rowdy young kids, both boys. Since the pandemic began, I’ve been working from home, and in that time, I’ve completely changed the way I live my life for the better. This past couple years was a challenging time for many, but it’s ended… Continue reading 3 Simple Rut-Busting Behaviors that Helped Me Reclaim My Life and Can Help Reclaim Yours Too
It was about halfway through business school when I figured out what I wanted to be when I grew up. During a project for a double-credit leadership development class, it dawned on me what really jazzed me up: helping lead teams to victory. That sounds like a bunch of rah-rah malarkey bullshit. I get it.… Continue reading I Used to Sell Missiles, Now I Sell Books and How Online Writing Brought It All Together
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