The Other Side of Fear

The Other Side of Fear

This is an essay from my popular 100 Days of Leadership Series. If you would like to learn how to become a leader in your organization, your community, or in your personal life, sign up here to receive these short essays directly to your inbox. “What’s on the other side of fear? …Nothing…”Jamie Foxx Fear is a killer. It’s…

Eustressing?

Eustressing?

This is an essay from my popular 100 Days of Leadership Series. If you would like to learn how to become a leader in your organization, your community, or in your personal life, sign up here to receive these short essays directly to your inbox. Hell Week is the infamous five-day period of Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) training when…

Wear the Purple Tunic

Wear the Purple Tunic

This is an essay from my popular 100 Days of Leadership Series. If you would like to learn how to become a leader in your organization, your community, or in your personal life, sign up here to receive these short essays directly to your inbox. If you’re afraid to look bad, you’ll never be an effective leader. Tyrian purple…

16 Vital Lessons from 60 Days of Writing Online

If you are like I was just two short months ago, with no idea how to establish the habit of writing online, where to start, or what to expect, then this post is for you. I’ve learned so much over that span of time. I could literally write hundreds of lessons I've learned about online…

Driving Coast to Coast (to Coast): How to Take the Road Trip of a Lifetime

A word of caution before driving cross country: This post is being written during the COVID-19 pandemic that has swept across the United States and the rest of the world. Before taking any action on the information provided in this post, please be prepared to take the proper precautions: wear a mask, wash your hands,…

Road Trip Across America: Reflections from a Week of Vagabonding

Vagabonding

Last week, I wrote about my first 11 days on a cross country road trip that took me and my girlfriend from the Pocono Mountains in eastern Pennsylvania to the arid desert of northern Arizona. I also discussed the value of meaningful travel, the merits of a road trip, and why you should set aside…

The Unfinished Jigsaw Puzzle: Solving Life One Piece at a Time

The Jigsaw Puzzle of Your Life

In this post, I’m going to take you to a jigsaw puzzle table, into a forest fire, and to (but not on!) a roller coaster. This short journey you are about to experience will take some sharp turns and tangents, but by the end, I promise that the essence of this post will not be…

Skip the Vacation. Take a Road Trip Instead

Vagabonding

Take a vacation, and you'll be bored after a week. Take a cross-country road trip, and you'll never want to come back. It's interesting, and even mesmerizing to look at the contours of the map, watch as the deep green forests of the east yield to tan mountains of the west and red rocks of…

How to be Extraordinarily Ordinary

How to be Extraordinarily Ordinary

Follow these simple guidelines for an ordinary, dull, and monotonous life: Believe everything people tell you (especially those you agree with).Try your hardest not to stand out.Stay close to home or within a 20 mile radius (preferably less).Get a job for the money, not for the meaning it brings to you and others.Do something because…

The Magic of an Orthogonal Mind

Orthogonal Mind

Orthogonal is an unusual word. Orthogonal is a unique word. Orthogonal is an orthogonal word. Here’s an easy way to think of this concept: Imagine one straight and narrow line on a graph (g), traveling in one rigid direction in perpetuity. Now imagine a line (P) branching out from your original line, like so: Another…

The Power of a Forcing Function: How A Plane Ticket Transformed My Life

Forcing Function

Booking the flight was my forcing function. There was no time to regret what I had just done. There was no time to reason myself out of it. There was no time to give fair warning to family and friends. I just had to do it. So I took what I had: time constraints, money…