My Writing

Seek Failure?

“Always bear in mind that your own resolution to success is more important than any other one thing.” ~ Abraham Lincoln The language we use matters. Last week I saw a video of a well known celebrity saying that people should “seek failure”. The intention is good. The advice giver understands that failure leads to learning which ultimately leads to success. That often our risk-avoidance…

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Only In Here Can They Chant Your Name

Yesterday, I got a small reminder about one of the consequences of showing your work. You attract trolls a.k.a haters a.k.a bullies a.k.a detractors. But, I want to assure you that it’s a lot less frequent and vicious than you might think. The internet would have you believe that as soon as you put something out into the world you will be bombarded with hate…

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The Tuna Equation For Producing Great Work

“I’ve learned from experience that if you work harder at it, and apply more energy and time to it, and more consistency, you get a better result. It comes from the work.” -Louis C. K. I have been dying to watch Jiro dreams of sushi; a documentary about a master sushi chef who has been awarded 3 Michelin stars. Over the weekend I finally managed…

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Self Coaching Tips

“Coaching is unlocking a person’s potential to maximize their own performance. It’s helping them to learn rather than teaching them.” ~ Tim Gallwey If you are ever in a conversation with me you will notice that I do a disproportionate amount of listening to talking. The default approach of a coach should be to ask good questions and then allow space for the client to…

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The True Nature Of The Motivational Speaker

Many public speakers hate being called a “motivational speaker”. To them the term motivational speaker is reserved for those glorified cheerleaders. The ones who spout cliches and talk a lot but say nothing. Layer in the fact that we live in a world brimming with motivational posters, podcasts, and Youtube channels and we find ourselves in an interesting situation. We have developed a diluted understanding…

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