Faith. Craft. Attention. Improvisation.

August 28, 1963. Standing before a crowd of 250,000, televised live on all three major television networks, Martin Luther King, Jr. did what, for most, would be unthinkable. But, until years later, nobody even knew what he'd done. There's an amazing story behind Martin Luther King's epic I Have a Dream speech that's rarely told....
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Entrepreneurship As A Practice

Most people look at entrepreneurship as a project. You start with an idea, then turn it into something real, build a business around it. And all is well with the world. But that's the wrong approach. Because entrepreneurship, in the wild, doesn't work that way. What really happens is you get an idea, it may...
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Helping Others Rise

Step into life. Engage on a level that strips illusion. See so clearly the possibility beyond the haze. Breath it in. Live it out. Long enough for its essence to bind your DNA. It becomes you. A vein opens. Then you transmit. Pure. Unadulterated. Jazz. You cannot create change in others. Until you embody the...
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Embrace The Space

My usual writing spot is a 10-minute drive. But on Sunday, I walked. An hour each way. No cell-phone. Nothing. Just me, my backpack and a path that wound across a bridge from Da Bronx to Manhattan, through the woods, along a river and through a park. Walking instead of driving, I lost nearly two...
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Embrace the Thrash

So, here's the interesting thing about the early days of any visionary journey, there's a whole lot of thrashing that goes on. It needs to go on. But most visionaries don't talk about that "dark" time. Because it's not sexy. It doesn't feel good or look good to others. Nor do the great creators tend...
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Have a Little Faith (Video)

About 3 years ago, a set of verses, a poem...a declaration channeled through me. It was a point of inflection. I remember being terrified to hit publish even though, honestly, there weren't a whole lot of people reading my blog back then. Still, it made me nervous to own the fact that I was very...
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In Defense of The Pursuit of Mastery

There's been a lot of talk, especially in the blogosphere, about having the freedom to put together a basket of interests, to pursue a wide variety of things simultaneously and figure out how to do do them in a way and on a level that allows you to mold together a decent living. Freedom to...
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Make More Bad Stuff

I spent 90-minutes yesterday interviewing Bob Taylor, the legendary founder of Taylor Guitars, at his San Diego compound. What an amazing person, company and and experience. But that's for a future post. This is about something Bob shared with me after I stopped recording and asked a personal question. Since selling my last business and...
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Creative Kryptonite and the Death of Productivity

Great work, brilliant ideas, extraordinary art requires space. Time away. Room to process, synthesize, allow connections between seemingly disparate parts to effervesce out of the ether of the mind. Genius is the offspring of the in-between. But, increasingly, technology is removing the in-between. We don't just walk in contemplation, we walk, talk and type. We don't just...
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The Truth About Motivation: Push, Pull and Death

Motivation to do anything comes in two forms: push or pull. Push... Push is generally about the avoidance of pain. It's the "away from" side of the motivational spectrum." You're actively pushing yourself away from either a source of current pain or the perception of an anticipated pain. So, if you're overweight and feeling bad...
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If Buddha Was CEO: The Four Immeasurables in Business

The ring is my wedding band. Simple sterling silver with four words etched around the outside in the oldest known language, Sanskrit. What are the words? The four immeasurables from Buddhism—Loving-kindness, Compassion, Appreciative Joy and Equanimity. I think about them a lot, each serves as a constant reminder of how I strive to live in...
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A Teaching Moment

I was deep into my writing trance when, out in the distance I heard a noise. It came from the living room, where my daughter and her friends were playing. But, I was in my bubble and there were other responsible grown-ups in the house, so I returned my focus to the words before me....
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