Right & Wrong

A hypothetical conversation with a hypothetical friend about a controversial topic… ♣ Me: “If you believed CONTROVERSIAL POSITION(*), then you would have no other choice but to believe CONTROVERSIAL RESULT.” Friend: “No I don’t. CONTROVERSIAL POSITION is wrong.” Me: “That’s not the point. I’m not trying to debate CONTROVERSIAL POSITION, I’m trying to point out the […]

Why Listening, Really Listening, Might Be Declining

Listening skills are on the decline. The catch is that this might not be the first time.

Happiness is a Choice

I am constantly amazed at the number of people that choose to be unhappy. And I use the word “choose” deliberately.

Weight Loss and Meditation

Don’t worry, I’m not about to tell you that you need one to do the other. Far from it. But in reflecting on my goals and process I stumbled into a concept shared by both. I don’t have name for it — or, rather, any name I assign seems too limiting — but I can […]

Writing as a Constraint-Based Creativity and Critical Thinking Skill

Placing sometimes artificial constraints on an activity is a fascinating creativity technique. The canonical example might be that Dr. Suess’ book Green Eggs and Ham was written on a bet — a bet that an entertaining children’s story could not be written using only 50 different words. That constraint led to one of the best […]

Everything is an Investment

Viewing everything as an investment of some sort helps prioritize and clarify some of the decisions we make.

The Cost of Failure

Considering the “cost of failure” is quick, easy, and now one of my most important evaluation tools.

Where I Find Positive News

There’s plenty of good news if you know where to look. I’ll share my list of places I look.

We All Fear What We Don’t Understand

What we don’t understand, we fear. What we fear, we judge as evil. What we judge as evil, we attempt to control. And what we cannot control…we attack.

Habit Fad

Habit creation for self improvement feels like a current fad, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t nuggets of value to be had.

The Shallows

The Shallows warrants some (ironically) deep thought into how we are each interacting with information each day, how our audience is doing so, and the broader ramifications on society as a whole.

We Can Each Make A Difference

We’re being flooded with negativity. Every day, it seems, there’s something newly horrific, upsetting, depressing, embarrassing, or just wrong that comes across our news feeds or in our personal communications. I think that’s having a deeper impact on our collective well being that most people realize.

What Is It About 4 AM?

If I wake up at 4AM for any length of time, I can pretty much predict where my mind will go.

Getting Away

Getting away means different things to different people. Regardless of what it means to you, you probably want to do it more.

Drama Magnets

Bad things happen to some people disproportionately. Why?

In Your Own Voice

What you say is important. How you say it in your own voice is what set you apart.

It’s a Conspiracy!

I’m regularly disheartened by the number of people who fail to protect themselves because they believe that there’s a conspiracy….

Accepting What You’re Told

It’s frustrating to see people fall into the same traps over and over, especially when all they need do is ask a question or see what’s around them.

Why I Like Email

I love email. To me, it’s the most effective form of communication.

One Size Fits No One

Even in this ever-personalized world we look for one-size-fits-all.