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The 5 Saboteurs of an Entrepreneur

Entrepreneurship, starting anything from nothing, is brutally hard.     “Conscious” entrepreneurship–building a business that doesn’t just serve a consumer need and generate profit, but also makes a bigger difference–is even harder. Because it’s not just about money, it’s about unleashing expression, connection and potential, and making meaning. Helping others rise. I’ve worked with hundreds […]

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The Tyranny of Always

I always get nauseous before speaking I always get headaches when I fly I always end up getting screwed I always freeze at exam time I always come in last place I always get there late I always get rejected I always lose I always… Ahhhhh, the tyranny of always. The minute we attach always […]

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Happiness. It’s Complicated.

What if the quest to be perpetually happy was actually making us miserable?   Summer 2012. Two thousands miles west of New York City, nearly 9,000 feet above sea-level. Deep into the Colorado Rockies, I’m sitting in the wood-clad home of soon-to-be friend, venture-capitalist, entrepreneur and deeply-wise and truthful explorer of life, Brad Feld. We’re […]

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Us and Them.

I’ve been asked of late why I’ve been relatively silent on many of the major issues of the day. It’s something I’ve been thinking on a lot over the last year. What is the best/right way for me to bring my own intention, voice and lens to the world of social justice. It’s not that […]

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Unbusy: A Manifesto

Busyness. It’s a problem. But, what if there was something deeper happening? An epic battle between intention and surrender that is both a source of profound pain, and an unlock key for life unbounded? And, along with that, an undiagnosed condition—Reactive Life Syndrome—that so many of us are living with, without even knowing it, or […]

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Grateful Yearning

“You learn more and more that everything exists at once with its opposite, so the contradictions of life are never-ending and somehow the mediation between these opposites is the game of life.” – Milton Glaser To be around acclaimed psychologist, behavioral economist, researcher and legendary Duke University professor, Dan Ariely, is to be in the […]

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Adult Summer Camp: It’s About the People

Can this really keep happening? That’s what my wife, Stephanie, and I wondered as the date neared for our third annual Camp Good Life Project (Camp GLP, for short). In a matter of days, hundreds of people would board planes, trains, buses and cars to descend upon our 130-acre oasis, 90-minutes from Manhattan. They’d come from […]

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15 Years Later: Smoke, Tears and Kindness

We all express our thoughts, emotions, hopes and fears in different ways. Some through spoken or written word, some through clay or paint, others through song, dance or, even, exercise. Sometimes we keep these expressions to ourselves, other times we give them life and open our hearts to those who would listen. When I feel, […]

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When Get Becomes a 4 Letter Word.

I’ve been asked the question in a wide array of contexts… How do I get people to buy my stuff? How do I get people to open my emails? How do I get people to join my community? How do I get people to sign up for my list? How do I get people to […]

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The Problem With Manifestos

1. The Problem With Manifestos. I’ve become more than a bit fascinated with manifestos… You see them all over the internet. Many are beautiful. They share great and wonderful ideals. Thoughts we nod along with and say “hell yes” to. Some even get passed around. A lot. Accumulating tons of views and word-of-mouth. And, then, as all […]

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