#11 – There is no “There”

This is #11 in the series, “50 Ideas Worth Fighting For” There is no “there.” There is only next. In the domain of human development and learning, arrival is a myth. Awareness and action are the currency of the realm. It’s a currency that cannot buy completion or entitlement to a finish line. It canContinue reading “#11 – There is no “There””

What to Say

The next time you are asked to give career advice to a young professional, please just provide them with this quote by the late, great James Michener: “We all worry about wasting time, about the years sliding past, about what we intend to do with our lives. We shouldn’t, for there is a divine irrelevanceContinue reading “What to Say”

Learning to Ask For Help

Among the most important – and most difficult – realizations I had to contend with on my path to becoming a person is that of learning to ask for help. My life is littered with instances of persisting in a state of futility when engaging with someone else, sometimes something else, would have made the difficult thing anContinue reading “Learning to Ask For Help”

Becoming a Person

I don’t want to start a philosophical or theological debate about this so let me offer a caveat at the outset: when I distinguish between a human being and a person I am distinguishing between the common accident of birth all Homo sapiens share and how some turn that accident into an intentional, conscious life. In my experience thereContinue reading “Becoming a Person”

Your Best Work

Your best work is the work that emerges from the use of your natural, cultivated and refined strengths. I have learned to be good at all kinds of things in my life. I have adapted myself to many scenarios and found an ability to become successful in ways I wouldn’t normally expect to be. IContinue reading “Your Best Work”

So Many Trees

There are so many kinds of trees. I recognized this week how few of them I can name. I can spot a redwood, or is that a sequoia? Of course I know a maple leaf (thank you, Canada). But a Japanese maple? And that Bay laurel? The leaf looks familiar, just not the whole tree.Continue reading “So Many Trees”

You Don’t Fear People Whose Story You Know

“Ask: ‘What’s possible?’ not ‘What’s wrong?’ Keep asking. Notice what you care about. Assume that many others share your dreams. Be brave enough to start a conversation that matters. Talk to people you know. Talk to people you don’t know. Talk to people you never talk to. Be intrigued by the differences you hear. ExpectContinue reading “You Don’t Fear People Whose Story You Know”

When a Right Turn Isn’t

This is the first in an occasional series of guest postings by people whom I admire for the leadership they offer to a complex and changing world. I hope you enjoy learning from them as much as I do. My wife, young daughter and I had the fortunate experience to spend the past two years livingContinue reading “When a Right Turn Isn’t”