Empowerment All the Way Down

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. One of the most powerful ideas I ever learned from one of my restaurant…

The Leader Does Not Seek to Lead

The Leader Does Not Seek To Lead

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. Leaders who seek to lead are no leaders at all. Leaders who seek to…

30 Directives from 30 Years: Advice for my 20-Year-Old Self

Live like Lincoln. Surrounded by foundational pillars

“It's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.”Abraham Lincoln I recently turned 30 years old. Yikes. I remember turning 20 like it was yesterday. It’s hard to believe 10 years has passed in such a flash! I’ve been told that time seems to move faster the older you…

Mamba Rules: Defining (and Living by) Kobe Bryant’s 10 Guidelines for Greatness

Kobe Bryant 10 Rules for Greatness

Greatness is a nebulous word. Greatness is not tangible. You can’t hold it, you can’t touch it, you can’t transfer it. It’s a word you know, yet cannot neatly define. It’s only when you see someone embody greatness that you get a sense for what it really means. For me, that somebody has always been…

Why You Need to Bet on Yourself Now, More Than Ever

Bet on Yourself

“Prioritize your life, or someone else will.” -Greg McKeown You are replaceable. According to your employer, that is. If there is anything pandemics and technological advances have taught us in modern times, it’s that the above statement is truer than ever. And even if it weren’t true, you have to ask yourself why you are…

10 Principles of Unparalleled Live

In preparation for the upcoming launch of my Unparalleled Live course, I will be publishing a series of principles that form the foundation upon which it is built. Over the next few weeks, these posts will include additional principles on my philosophy, as well as my principles of running the course itself in an effort…

How to Make Time to Reinvent Yourself

Be kind to your future self. If you feel stuck, the best thing you can possibly do for future "you" is to make time to reinvent present "you." Six months ago, I was totally out of answers. It was a chilly, dreary January day in Denver, Colorado. I had just left my job at a…

12 Favorite Problems: A Practical Framework for Discovering Your Purpose

12 Favorite Problems

If you are having difficulty discovering your purpose in life, start by defining your favorite problems. We often feel lost in life when we lack purpose. Traditionally, we have been trained to rely on our ideas, our passions, and our skills to find direction. While this puts us on track to find something, this mindset…

Work On Purpose, Not By Default

Work on Purpose

If you are unhappy or dissatisfied with the work you do, you are working by default. Jobs in the 21st century can be summed up into two distinct camps: work by default, and work on purpose. Work by default (WBD) is by far the most common, and is characterized by the absence of passion, purpose,…

Writing Will Redefine Your Life

Writing Will Redefine Your Life

Writing is where all human action, connection, and persuasion begin. When they say “the pen is mightier than the sword,” it’s not just because it sounds good, sounds contrarian, or that it is a rallying cry for all introverts and nerds. It is because it is true. There is a deeper, visceral, intrinsic value to…

Writing Makes You Creative, Creativity Makes You Happy

Be true to your creative nature

Your ability to be creative is as much a part of your nature as playing and running is for a dog. When a dog trainer begins working with an upset or misbehaved dog, the first thing they ask the owner is “do you take it for walks?” This one question gets to the heart of…

10 Ways to Make Room for Work That Matters

If your goal is happiness and meaning in your work, you must make room for the work that matters to you. Pre-pandemic, focus was hard to come by. I used to be all over the place. Checking email here, texting a friend there, catching a glimpse of the TV here, checking the fridge over there.…

Turning Diamonds Into Water: If You Keep Your Soul, the World is Yours

Keep Your Soul

How to Keep Your Soul and Find Meaning Using the Paradox of Value "Everything in life is truly free, if you keep your soul.” This was the vivid and profound message in my head when I woke up from a dream the other morning. The message itself was engrained in my brain, no messenger. I…