What if…

Instead of giving our kids the most varied experiences we can imagine in hopes that will shape them in a positive way, what if not engaging in those experiences is the very thing that shapes our kids in a positive way? We parents all want our kids to read, to read early, to read a…

 

The Number 1 Reason Body Shaming is Pure Crap

Because nobody has the power to make you feel something, unless you give them that power. If you’re feeling shamed, it’s because what you are doing or have done is shameful, or you have a misplaced sense of guilt. Decide which it is, but don’t for a second pretend you’re a victim of body shaming….

 

The Perfect Blog Post Script That Really Sells

This is where I say something attention grabbing and relevant. It can be about the image that goes with this post. Maybe a song lyric, or popular search term. Whatever hook I use, it had better be trendy, over the top, opinionated, and each paragraph can be no more than two sentences long. Then by…

 

Destroying the Work Life Balance Myth

Work and life can’t balance. Oil doesn’t mix with water. It doesn’t matter how much you love what you do, or from what location you do it. Your attention is either focused on your work, or on your family. You can’t multi-task the two into one. Instead, learn to recognize seasons. As an entrepreneur (or…

 

An Open-Minded Marriage Post

Before you read beyond this introduction, understand this post is only for the open-minded. If you are not open to thinking about ideas different than your own, please move along. This post will be of no use to you. If, however, you can agree you will not be a close minded bigot, please consume the…

 

What Would Having a Woman President Mean to You?

What would a woman president mean to you? Nothing, unless you’re sexist. If we buy into the idea that there are no meaningful differences between the genders, then having a woman president means nothing. If, however, there are real differences, then we have a conversation.

 

The Key to Turning Your Kid into an Entrepreneur

Play involves risk. There is no game that does not involve risk. Even the most mundane games like CandyLand involve risking reputation and self-worth if you lose. Learning to assess risk, and take key risks while minimizing loss, are key habits of entrepreneurs. Play, and play often. You might just create the Next Big Entrepreneur.

 

One Tool No Creative Should Ever Be Caught Without

Creatives are people who spend their time creating ideas. Writers, bloggers (yes, there’s a difference), thought leaders, entrepreneurs, marketers, or anyone else whose livelihood (or sanity) is dependent on the ideas they create. Creatives have a lot of tools in their toolbox. Smart phones, tablets, and apps, have become the most common tools that come…

 

What Being Too Busy Really Says About You

I don’t know when it became a badge of honor to be overwhelmed. People are always complaining life is SO busy. They don’t have time for this or that. They quickly run down the list of this week’s commitments and I get exhausted just hearing about it. Why is this something we brag about? It’s…

 

Rocky Only Inspires Because He Won

Rocky is admired because he never quit, and it paid off. What would be our response to Rocky if his hard work didn’t result in success? If he was just another wannabe who never made it happen? We look at men like Steve Jobs and marvel at his quirks, but only because he succeeded. Demanding…

 

Triage

I was listening to a Radiolab episode about battlefield triage and I was stuck by an idea: It’s really hard deciding who to treat, who to let die, and still sleeping at night. But why? Triage is so difficult because we know one person is not more valuable than another, and we’re not designed to…

 

Blank Calendar Squares

Are the squares on your calendar empty, even though they’re covered with ink? Think about it.

 

Independent Kids are a Fail

Why as parents do we strive for independent kids? Our world doesn’t reward independence, as it’s an interdependent world we live in. Shouldn’t we teach our kids how to give and receive (inter-depend) well? To do otherwise is not only a disservice, but bordering on an injustice.

 

Be Confident Where it Counts

Confidence is highly regarded in entrepreneurial circles. Without it, the entrepreneur is unable to convince anyone to join his new tribe. With confidence on his side, sales become routine and businesses thrive. Or so the story goes. But what exactly should the entrepreneur feel confident in? Often we hear about being confident as a self-esteem…

 

How to Win Every Argument Online, Every Time

If you write things that matter, you will eventually enrage engage people who disagree with you. They’ll leave angry comments, venomous emails, or even start full on flame wars. They want to fight with your ideas (or maybe just with you). So how do you win the fight when all your followers are watching? How…

 

Write Things That Matter

If you’re anything like me (God help you) you’ve probably noticed so much of the helpful content online is not unique. You find the same Top 10 Ways to be More Productive and similar how-to’s (or hacks, as the cool kids call them) for common problems. No doubt those articles are useful at times. I’ve…

 

3 Primary Roles of Every Entrepreneur

Every entrepreneur is at least these three things. Evangelist Win them to your way of thinking by telling them what you’re thinking. Give them the message. Make sure they know what it is you represent. By the time you’re done with them, they should be able to give your message to their roommate. Which they…

 

Our Digital Watering Hole

In the wild, a watering hole is a place animals congregate to obtain, primarily, water. Because every animal needs water, every animal must make a trip to the watering hole part of their regular daily life. Interestingly, because every animal has to journey to the watering hole, it’s the place to be. Even if you’re…

 

Teach Your Boys to Fight

I know teaching boys to fight is a controversial thing to do, what with most parents believing this will create abusive, violent monsters in adulthood and all. I, not surprisingly, have a very different take on it. All boys fight. The only variables are why they fight, who they fight, and how they fight. I…