July 08 2015

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15 links to supercharge your bookmark bar

June 30 2015

Mix it up. Read good writing. Read bad writing. Learn something new. Remember something old. Get inspired. A few of my bookmarked favorites (in no particular order):

  1. Alltop
  2. Fast Company
  3. :zenhabits
  4. Brain Pickings
  5. Derek Sivers
  6. Farnam Street
  7. Zig Ziglar
  8. Steven Pressfield
  9. David Lee
  10. McSweeney’s Internet Tendency
  11. Reid Hoffman
  12. Lifehacker
  13. ReadWrite
  14. More...

Trying less, not more

June 26 2015

“Try is best” somehow evolved into “try harder.” If we don’t get the results we’ve set out for, it is a direct reflection of the work we’ve put forth. No success? You must’ve done something wrong. You didn’t reach the bar, you don’t measure up, you didn’t work HARD enough.

The irony is life seems to expand when you relax the muscles you’ve been stressing for so long. No only…


Ten times better

June 09 2015

A “little better” doesn’t cut it. You have to be much better. Much, much better. Ten times better.

This is how you separate yourself from the competition.
This is how you improve.
This is how you win.

Everything is crowded. The marketplace, the speaker lineup, the dating scene, the applicant pool.

In an age where your value corresponds to your ability to separate yourself from the rest, your focus must narrow…


Being human

May 19 2015

Recently I was rejected. I spent a lot of time crafting the perfect letter, re-writing and re-reading and editing the hell out of my argument to compose a convincing, logical, matter-of-fact and to the point submission. I sent in my proposal confidently. The rejection was prompt, and, of course, it stung.

I received a phone call several days later. “You have to explain why YOU want this,” the man instructed,…


10 essentials for the modern world

May 13 2015

1. You have to make time for your goals otherwise they won’t happen.

2. You have to recognize where you’ve come from in order to have the endurance to keep going.

3. You have to have the right team around you to get it all done.

4. You have to strive to do work that speak for itself. Let others do the talking for you.

5. You have to know in…


Today’s opportunity

May 07 2015

Everyone is busy and tired. Even with “nothing” to do, people still find reasons to worry. Stress is a worldwide experience, but our response differs. Consider an interview or an ESL speaking test; everyone is nervous, it’s how you’re able to manage your anxiety to perform.

We’re all hurting. Relationships disappoint, jobs are tiresome, families demand. Whether you’re in the top income bracket or the lowest, money is always an…


The magic of community (why dinners work)

April 30 2015

“Wow! Truly special, wonderful conversations, learned about others, shared a lot, philosophized, laughed, so much fun. I’d love to do it again.” Another positive email from an enchanted dinner attendee.

You carry a unique story. When placed in a room with others, a collective energy forms. Add thought-provoking questions, topics that strip away pretense and ego, and humanity and commonalities emerge. Minds are sparked. Hearts…


I will tell you how to get what you want

April 13 2015

If I told you there there was one thing you could do every day to get you exactly what you want, would you do it? (The body, the girl, the salary, the job, the car, the book deal, the promotion, the ring, whatever.)

I’ll tell you exactly what you need to hear; concrete steps that inch you towards your dream, but before I do, you must commit to…


Would you stop eating for a cause you believe in?

April 04 2015

That’s exactly what Dr. Govinda KC did. A senior orthopedic surgeon and professor at Nepal’s prestigious Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital, Dr. KC didn’t eat for twelve days. Citing malpractice and corruption in Nepal’s health and education systems, the doctor demanded change. His hunger protest urged government leaders to intervene and take action against dishonest office holders and reassess current policies and practice.

Thousands of medical professionals showed their allegiance, refusing to work…