Your Authentic Self

Your Authentic Self Stories create and lose unimaginable wealth.  Stories start, fight, win, and lose wars.  Stories build and destroy whole cultures.  Stories inspire, and stories heal.  How can I learn the art of story? Copy The Pros In James Mitchener’s book “Poland” he recounts that nation’s birth.  Births are necessarily painful, in all forms….

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It’s Jerry’s World

It’s Jerry’s World Rare people make incredibly difficult things look incredibly easy.  In one episode, Seinfeld attempts to impugn an entire continent, with utter impunity.  And he pulls it off; makes it look easy. Jerry Seinfeld was being interviewed on stage last week.  They asked him if anything like “Seinfeld” could ever happen again.  Would…

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Tell Your Story

Tell Your Story I drove cross country last week.  This time it was Texas.  I’d forgotten what seeing America can do for you.  I’m back now and everything looks different. The thing about tunnel vision is you don’t know you’ve had it until you lose it.  I need to remember to see America every once…

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Consult Your Inner Stoic

Consult Your Inner Stoic I turned a routine layup into a turnover.  One of two job offers was from a small, flexible start-up, which in hindsight was perfect.  Perfect.  But I went, instead, for the firm that was a little more formal and business-like. The chemistry was wrong and no job offer materialized after a…

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Your Age Of Anxiety

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…

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Ignoring The Scoreboard

Ignoring The Scoreboard Alabama football coach Nick Saban was interviewed on 60 Minutes.  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 TV. It was the fourth quarter and Alabama had the ball with…

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Giving + Rejection = Breakthrough

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…

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The “How To Find Your Philosophy” Life Hack

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….

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How Facebook Changed Everything And You Can Too

    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…

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How To Be Fearless

    How To Be Fearless     Business writer James Altucher said something I had to listen to.  He said anger doesn’t exist.  He said it’s a fake emotion; just fear in disguise. It was 2015 and I was in-between careers.  I didn’t know it at the time but I was afraid.  I didn’t…

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