Stop Living in Fear

I’m at the airport waiting for a flight to NYC.  The TV above my head is annoyingly blaring the news about what’s going on in the world. I haven’t watched TV for many years so I’m sensitive to what’s…


2 Ways People Change

There’s two ways people change. By facing an obstacle or by discovering new evidence. Of course many people don’t change. They grow up as the same teenager they once were. They cling to safety, validation and the “same old…


Talking To Strangers

I asked my daughter what the word “shy” meant and without hesitation she said: “It’s when you’re scared of people”. Kids have incredible intuition and her answer is accurate. Great things come from talking to strangers. Not only does…


Thinking 10x Bigger

In the start up phase of business the problem is often that the entrepreneur doesn’t think big enough. They don’t have the experience of having built a company at a large scale and they’re buried in details that are often…


Identifying Your Tribe

People who exercise to get fit existed long before Crossfit came along. Crossfit just chose to lead them. People who do yoga existed long before Lulu Lemon came along. Lulu Lemon just chose to lead them. People who exercise…


Individualism or Collectivism?

Imagine you’re living by yourself on an island. You’re now free to do whatever you want whenever you want without concern for anyone else but yourself. At first living by your own rules feels great because we’re all born with…


Safe is Risky

Last week my Facebook timeline was filled with pictures of a giant mechanical dragon that came to my city. It was the talk of the town and was in every news outlet. The problem with playing it safe these days…


You Need Space to Think

A friend of mine just had vertigo and had to take a week off work. Lying in bed she reflected on what she really wanted out of life. After a few days of nothing to do but think –…


How to Spread Your Ideas in 3 Steps

Ideas spread through our culture in a similar manner as infectious diseases do. There are two components that make a disease spread rapidly. How strong the disease is in contracting each individual How easily it is transferred from person to…


9 Ways to Live More Authentically

Know who you are. Always be real and sincere. Focus on trust not opinions. Live by your values. Accept and love yourself. Forget what people think about you. Don’t become, just be. Don’t be scared to show your flaws.…


The Hard Part About Writing

Psychologist Steven Pinker in his book writes that the root cause of poor writing is what he calls “the curse of knowledge”. Basically the curse of knowledge is when a writer overestimates their readers understanding of an idea –…


Removing the Armor

Most people walk around like they’re wearing an armored suit – never letting anyone see their true selves. Armor feels safe but it carries a lot of weight. Weight that never allows you to form deep and meaningful connections…

Letting go

Delaying the Inevitable

Some people want to grow and adapt to change, while others weigh you down like an anchor. There comes a time when you have to face the reality that someone isn’t going to change no matter how much you…


6 Founding Functions of School

John Gatto went in search of the original business plan of the modern schooling we have today. Which led him to The principles of secondary education by Alexander James Inglis in 1918. The reading is quite dry, so here…