Revisiting the F-Bomb

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Revisiting the F-Bomb

We’ve had this conversation here once before… I was recording a skype conversation with my friend Julien Smith a few years back and, during the conversation, we got into this whole thing about when and whether it was cool to drop the F-bomb. He’d just written a marvelous post entitled The Short Sweet Guide to Being Fucking […]

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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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Flipping the Extrovert Switch

I just had lunch with a former yoga student who’s now a teacher at my old studio. She mentioned she sometimes gets what she considered a great compliment, that her teaching presence reminds people of mine. She then described me as being very “charismatic” when I taught. Insert spit-take. It’s funny for two reasons… One, I’m […]

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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: Dropping F-Bombs For Pleasure and Profit

This has been coming for a while… I’ve danced around the issue in the past. But a recent brilliant post entitled—The Short Sweet Guide to Being Fucking Awesome—by my friend Julien Smith, the co-author of New York Times bestselling Trust Agents, made me revisit it and explore it on a deeper level. It’s about language, […]

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Fear.less, SXSW and Inc.com

It’s been an incredible whirlwind of a week. I’m deep into the final edits on my next book (hoping to be able to reveal the name and cover at some point soon). Busy plotting and scheming a few new and re-envisioned ventures and recently returned from Austin, Texas, where the internet was on spring break. […]

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Rhythm and Flow

A few weeks back, I shared the idea of brevity and deletion, using a famed Hemingway 6-word story as an example. Today, I want to turn to another element of writing that really matters. But that you can’t see. Rhythm and flow. Writing has its own pace. Its own energy. And, what so many writers […]

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J.K. Rowling on Failure And Imagination

On this first Monday of the New Year, I thought how powerful it would be to share J.K. Rowling’s marvelous 2008 Harvard commencement speech on failure and imagination, two things she illuminates in a way that brings fresh life to their power and impact as we look ahead. Listen to her words, watch her energy […]

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The 10 Commandments of Suck-Free Speaking

Last week, I had the amazing fortune to have been invited back as a featured blogger at the World Business Forum at Radio City Hall in NYC. The speakers were world class, including people like Charlene Li, Jim Collins, Al Gore, Jack Welch, Steve Levitt, Nando Parrado, James Freakin’ Cameron, Martin Lindstrom. All were charged […]

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The McKee-Fields Story Sessions Part 2

This is part 2 of the 6 part interview series with story-master, Robert McKee. In this session we pick up with a question about what drives McKee, opening with the money-quote, “bad writing really pisses me off,” …and whirling along from there. We dive deeper into his journey from story-crafter to story-teacher and explore whether […]

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