Your Age Of Anxiety

It was 2006 and I saw a way out of college by Christmas. In hindsight, a lot was happening.  I’d never spent the time to think about 9-11, and the war, and it was starting to catch up with me. It may have been anxiety rather than guilt.  I was in a state of indecision….

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Ignoring The Scoreboard

Alabama football coach Nick Saban was interviewed on 60 Minutes. (“mediocre people don’t like high achievers and high achievers don’t like mediocre people,” he said) They asked him about the time his center and quarterback got in a shoving match, in the middle of the field, while Alabama was blowing out Notre Dame on primetime…

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Giving + Rejection = Breakthrough

Bingo.  I had a business idea.  So, I pitched it to someone.  I just wanted a yes.  They said no. It hurt (ok) and I balked (not ok).  I was caught off guard by the sting of rejection. We all know how rejection feels—like a piece of us is ripped out.  But first, of course,…

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The “How To Find Your Philosophy” Life Hack

A controversial politician, in response to questions about war, said that in life there are “known unknowns”—things we know we don’t know. The number of rocks on Mount Everest, for example. But, he said, there are also “unknown unknowns”—things we don’t even know that we don’t know. Basically, these are things we are so sure…

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How Facebook Changed Everything And You Can Too

My bones rattled.  My ears rang.  The old tractor, as big as a house, plowed over the dry uneven ground.  I bounced so high in the seat I would almost hit the ceiling of the cab. One time I needed a break.  I killed the engine, climbed down, and walked through the tall grass, ahead…

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