Is This Useful?

“Is this useful?” That was a question posed by Joseph Goldstein in one of the meditations offered on 10% Happier. While he was referring to the thoughts and feelings that constantly tug at our focus and divert us from being present in our own lives, I would extend that question to the multitude of digital distractionsContinue reading “Is This Useful?”

I Fought the Law (And the Law Won)

Cutting hard between two taxis, I accelerated to avoid a collision. As I veered across the blacktop I may have used salty language requesting a panel van driver pick a lane or kindly move aside. I shifted into a higher gear and hammered the pedals, breaking into the bike lane that opens up near JeffersonContinue reading “I Fought the Law (And the Law Won)”

When Bad Advice is the Best Advice

Sometimes bad advice is the best advice. Wait, what? Yes, terrible advice can be the key to discovering what you really want. A few months back I approached someone whose thinking I trust. They’ve been very helpful and supportive in the past, offering sharp, critical advice on several occasions. This time I had some questions regardingContinue reading “When Bad Advice is the Best Advice”

Letting Go of the Past

A few weeks back I accidentally published this post in rough draft form. Mortified, I trashed it immediately. It had a long way to go before I would have been willing to put it out there. However, a friend caught it and asked why I had deleted it. Too personal. Too confessional. However, his commentsContinue reading “Letting Go of the Past”

Today Won’t Be the Day That Changes Everything

Today could be the day that changes everything. That was how I felt almost every single day while I was unemployed a few years back. The next big opportunity was only one phone call, one email or one text message away. I was on high alert and had my phone and computer ready to respond. YetContinue reading “Today Won’t Be the Day That Changes Everything”

This is Why We Hate Each Other

The following is based on a true incident. This could be your life. It might be mine, but if you have kids it’s happened to you. A paralyzing silence permeates the house. It’s silent treatment time for the grownups. The weekend has been looong and tensions are running high. A couple of hours ago the teen andContinue reading “This is Why We Hate Each Other”

Don’t Look Where You Don’t Want to Go

By Anthony DeLorenzo (http://www.flickr.com/photos/delorenzo/2675869443/) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons There’s a smart mountain biking adage, “Don’t look where you don’t want to go.” Mountain biking requires intense concentration, quick thinking and immediate reactions. Bombing down a hill strewn with rocks, roots, trees and dropoffs can mean instant stitches, broken bones or worse. The trick is toContinue reading “Don’t Look Where You Don’t Want to Go”

How To Become a Victim at Work – 10 Easy Steps

You have the power to decide where you want to go and how you want to do it. We’ve all heard it a million times; you make your own success. You also design your own failure. Yep, your attitude and actions can bring you great rewards or a dismal crash and burn. If you want toContinue reading “How To Become a Victim at Work – 10 Easy Steps”

Killing Busyness – Doing Less To Accomplish More

Focus has been a key goal and resolution for me in 2015. For years I danced on the deadly edge of complete digital distraction. It became increasingly clear I needed to take a few steps back. My meme driven life was destroying my concentration and preventing me from getting things done. A couple of yearsContinue reading “Killing Busyness – Doing Less To Accomplish More”

What I Learned From Failure

Failure has become mythologized over the last few years. Tech founders and business titans have spun failure into a dramatic twist in their stories of ultimate success. It makes for great copy, but failure generally isn’t glamorous. It is painful, destructive and takes a lot of resilience and perseverance to recover from. However, it isContinue reading “What I Learned From Failure”