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”

When It Got Interesting

A brief summary of my 27-year career as told in single words and brief phrases: Quit. Quit. Quit. Quit. Fired. Quit. Quit. Started a company. Starting a company. You know when it got interesting? Do you know when it stopped being a list of jobs and started being a career? Yes, of course you do.Continue reading “When It Got Interesting”

I’m a Dog Walker

Wouldn’t it be great – and a little weird and maybe even fun – if you had to answer the question, “So, what do you do?” based on the most recent thing you’ve actually done? If I just cleaned the house, then I’m a house cleaner. If I just prepared for class, then I’m aContinue reading “I’m a Dog Walker”

The Story Continues

A week ago I had the privilege of introducing “Storytelling for Career Success” to a group of young professionals who were generous enough to say “yes” to an invitation to test drive my new workshop. By their energetic participation they taught me what worked, what needed help and, most importantly, that what I shared withContinue reading “The Story Continues”

Every Superhero Has An Origin Story

Soon after I published my book, A More Daring Life, in early 2016 I was invited to take a daring new step of my own, teaching in the business school at Cal State University San Marcos. I had no idea what I was in for, no idea of the energy, enthusiasm and kindness of theContinue reading “Every Superhero Has An Origin Story”

Read the Syllabus

When my son started college this fall I gave him two pieces of advice. These were not offered through some soul-searching recollection of my undergraduate experience but rather from my current role as a lecturer at Cal State San Marcos. I told him that in the three years that I have been teaching at theContinue reading “Read the Syllabus”

A Week of Thanks: Day 2

I am thankful for my work. My day job allows me to interact with thoughtful professionals – leaders and team members – who are curious, energetic and determined. They are people who want to do good work for a cause they believe in. They want to learn and grow, challenging themselves to get better inContinue reading “A Week of Thanks: Day 2”

Go Do It

“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” —Dr. Howard Thurman (1899-1981), theologian and civil rights leader We are living at such an extraordinary time when it comes to career options and opportunities. It’s a timeContinue reading “Go Do It”