Another Day, Another Egg on My Face Meeting with a Mentor

Last night, I wrote about how there was this feeling that things were stacking up. I went on about how I went on a walk and formulated a plan that was going to get me back on top of my game. Then today happened. Feeling reasonably confident in my newfound energy, I went into a… Continue reading Another Day, Another Egg on My Face Meeting with a Mentor

The Case of the Mondays

I was feeling it a bit earlier today. It seemed like things were stacking up, with so little time left in the year to get them done. It bothered me all the while cooking dinner. It bothered me while eating dinner with my wife, barely talking to each other because we are exhausted. We are… Continue reading The Case of the Mondays

Mens Sana In Corpore Sano

It recently dawned on me that I needed to get a hell of a lot smarter; and fast. With a new opportunity at work is going to come a large increase in responsibility and ownership. I am going to need to tap into greater mental energy, maintain patience in the face of certain frustrations and… Continue reading Mens Sana In Corpore Sano

The Crucible

It is said that Napoleon would walk amongst his soldiers on the nights before battle. He would stop to talk to his men, to share a joke, to explain their objectives, and to encourage those who needed it. The next day, his army would be convinced and willing to go to battle under the direction… Continue reading The Crucible

The Final Lesson From My Worst Interview Failure

When our story left off, I had just found out I was about to get my ass kicked by a bunch of superhumans. I was at a dinner for the candidates of a leadership development program for a major conglomerate. Every one of the other candidates I met was a perfect blend of engineering and… Continue reading The Final Lesson From My Worst Interview Failure

How I Finally Learned From an Interview Failure From Six Years Ago

The last time I felt this way, I got my ass kicked by a bunch of superhumans. Around Thanksgiving of 2015, I traveled to a series of interviews for a leadership development program. It was a marquee leadership incubator of a major conglomerate and was an excellent opportunity. They invited their top 15 candidates from… Continue reading How I Finally Learned From an Interview Failure From Six Years Ago

Strategize Your Life Like an Old Prussian War Daddy and Win More Battles Within

19th Century Prussian war philosopher Carl von Clausewitz wrote about a comprehensive approach to geopolitics he coined “grand strategy”. How can we apply this to our own lives? First of all, what does “grand strategy” even mean? In terms of how Clausewitz thought, it was an overarching philosophy for how to achieve national goals. This… Continue reading Strategize Your Life Like an Old Prussian War Daddy and Win More Battles Within

The Only Way Out Is Through

On day 1 of this online journey, my accountability brü said “The only way out is through.” It is entirely possible that neither of us knew how true this really was. While he originally made the comment in the context of our 30-day writing challenge, I’ve come to realize that it applies almost universally when… Continue reading The Only Way Out Is Through

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

What I Found In The Kentucky Hills Driving Home From My Father’s Funeral

Yesterday I wrote about how my father passed away. Over the weeks that followed I had a great deal of time to think about life as I drove between Ohio and Alabama for the funeral and to help put his affairs in order. Two keystone life events had just occurred within a fortnight of each… Continue reading What I Found In The Kentucky Hills Driving Home From My Father’s Funeral