Writing Makes You a Better Leader

Writing Makes You a Better Leader

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. My favorite college professor once said something that has always stuck with me, “great…

Permissionless Leadership

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. You don't need permission to lead. It’s often said that…

Seek Optimism, but Thank the Pessimists

Thank the pessimists. Be an optimist

“The one guy who isn’t rowing has time to rock the boat.”-Jean-Paul Sartre The pessimist lives a fairly safe and happy life. But not a fulfilling one. The pessimist goes in with low expectations, and often comes out not so disappointed when things don't go well. The pessimist prefers not to take chances, risks, or…

12 Lessons from Saying No to a Life of Mediocrity

Say No to Mediocrity

On In the last post, I gave you the cheat sheet on How to be Extraordinarily Ordinary. I wrote that post largely due to my own personal experiences and observations. It represents the path I have so desperately sought to avoid, and so desperately want you to avoid: mediocrity. Today, I offer the first step…

Prove Yourself Wrong. It Will Always Prove You Right

Leave the hard climbing to the experts

Replace the need to perpetually prove yourself right, with an ingrained reflex to prove yourself wrong. Visualize climbing a thousand-foot ladder up the side of a steep mountain face. You desperately want to reach the plateau so you can rest, enjoy the view, and prove to everyone else that you are strong, determined, and superior.…

Learn Your ABCs: The Agony and Beauty of Creation

Creation

6 Lessons I Learned Through One Week After Hitting “Publish” “Pain plus reflection equals progress.” –Ray Dalio If you are a painter, a dancer, a comedian, actor, singer, or fellow writer, you know how hard it is, how humbling it is, how overwhelming it can be to put your work out to the world for…