This second

October 30 2012

You’re not going to get it back.

Think about that when considering the value of your time.

I’m taking something precious from you as you read this.

Now think about the people you’re choosing to spend your time with.

Would anything change if you honored how much each second is really worth?


14 tips to make your next conference worthwhile

October 25 2012
  1. Ask if you can help.
  2. Better yet, email in advance and offer your services.
  3. Do your homework. Learn about the speaker, the attendees, the presentation.
  4. Don’t sit next to someone you know.
  5. Ask a question — everyone will know who you are.
  6. Ask only one question. Don’t be THAT guy.
  7. They are business cards, not playing cards. Distribute sparingly.
  8. Take advantage of the breaks. Chat with fellow attendees. Ask why they’re there.
  9. Organize a dinner and pass…

A certain moment

October 23 2012

There’s a moment you realize you’ve been living a lie. In fact, you haven’t really been living at all, you’ve just been going through the motions. You’ve performed what’s expected of you, doing what it takes to make it to five o’clock.

Suddenly, you realize that you possess the distinct power to create the life you thought was reserved only for others.

You recognize that you can choose to step in…



October 18 2012

I’m often asked how I made the transition from social work to social curation. If I’m honest, I never dreamed of having my own business or running my own show. In fact, for a very long time, I was looking for the perfect job, desperately trying to figure out how to craft the perfect cover letter to land the interview that would set me on a fulfilling and profitable…


Dream chasers

October 16 2012

Many years ago, a coach gave me an assignment that altered the course of my life. I’d like to share it with you, in hopes it might have a similar impact on the way you choose to live.

Write down a list of 50 – 100 things you’d like to do before you die.

My original list contained 88 items, a list of tasks ranging from intangibles to concrete — simple…


Redefine work

October 11 2012

It’s no wonder we consider work very separate from play. It’s hounded into our heads since we’re able to talk.

We watch Dad grimace as he races to work, and Mom moan about never having enough time (and she doesn’t look like she’s having fun). We’re given hours to learn, write, read, and make things. We have separate hours to talk, move, go outside, discover, and mess around. Recess becomes…


bucking trends

October 09 2012

“Everyone’s done it this way” it isn’t a good enough reason.

How can you insert a question mark into what’s come before?

Is there something you’ve followed without thinking? Is there a procedure you could better?

Can you turn good enough into best?

Buck often.



October 04 2012

Instead of wasting time and energy wanting what someone else has…

Why not create it for yourself?


Get lost or change

October 02 2012

When was the last time you scared yourself?

Last week I found myself scrambling up rocks, free climbing what I thought was the summit of Longs Peak. After several hours of hiking, circumnavigating ice patches, carefully placing my feet, holding onto rock slabs, and searching for trail markers, I came to the edge of a very, very steep cliff. Heights don’t usually bother me, but this was something else. Visions of…