Smoke and Tears

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Smoke and Tears

Scratch the surface of any long-time New Yorker on 9-11, we all bleed smoke and tears. It took me a long time to be able to write anything about it. I lived in Hell’s Kitchen at the time. Ended up volunteering on The Pile shortly after, eyes and lungs searing with ash and fear. Few […]

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The Only Thing Harder Than BEING An Entrepreneur…

…is LIVING with one! So much is made of the challenge of taking an idea from your head, making it manifest in the world, then growing it into something real and substantial. A business. A movement. A body of work. A legacy. I’ve embraced this challenge many times, and will no doubt do it a […]

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How to Find Your Peak Creation Windows

Damned if this stuff doesn’t work… I’ve been studying the relationship between natural attention and cognition cycles, creativity and productivity for years. I know the data. But, being the cobbler’s kid, never really took the time to pay serious attention to my own organic attention and cognition cycles and then shift my working efforts to […]

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Fear and Action

I’m nervous, my daughter shared as we walked with my wife to the staging area for a 4-mile obstacle run in the mountains… For years, my default response to comments like this was to try to explain why there was no reason to be nervous. To try to defuse the anxiety and show how everything […]

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Parallel Screen Play: Are You Cheating In Plain View?

I wonder if we’re regressing… Any parent has witnessed the stage, it happens with every kid. Your little one has her first play date. The kids get along swimmingly, playing with toys, giggling, yammering. And then you notice something, they’re sitting right next to each other, fully aware of each other, happy to be positioned […]

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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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Candy Smokes: Is This Cool With You?

I recently swung through NYC’s largest, hippest candy store with my wife and a small gaggle of 10 year old girls. It was wonderous (I started vibrating just from the sugar in the air, lol). Then we hit one section where we saw the display in the image you’re looking at. Which made me wonder… […]

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Everything Else Is Icing

I had the incredible experience of being the closing keynote at my friend, Chris Guillebeau‘s World Domination Summit in Portland a week ago. You can find Chris’ wrap up and links to others here. They do the experience far more justice than I could, with powerful words and gorgeous images. This post is about something more […]

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Getting Real: Chris Brogan On Making Human Business Work

Chris Brogan is on a mission, though it may not be the one you think… He’s one of the most ubiquitous people on the internet, a speaker at conferences and events globally and prolific beyond measure. But, did you ever wonder what Brogan is really building these days? What’s working phenomenally well for him? And what’s […]

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Nothing For Granted

I had an MRI the other morning. It was early. 7:30am. The only people in the waiting area were me and, sitting across, a mom in her forties and her son, a wiry kid with glasses who looked to be about 11. He was still in his pajamas, squished into the chair playing his Nintendo […]

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