YOU Are the Action Plan

If retail’s your thing, like engineering’s an engineer’s thing or fixing cars is a mechanic’s thing, then most days your nine-to-five is pretty easy. There may be aspects of your job that make people see what you do as tricky or adventurous, but to you, for the most part, it’s a cake walk. Various reasons make you the right person for the job. To try … Continue reading YOU Are the Action Plan

6 Ways to Make Your Story Matter

6 Ways to Make Your Story Matter (Help Folks Adore You) Tesla believes their intrinsic value far exceeds the value of their inventory. This basically means that why and how they exist towers above what they do. This isn’t some esoteric, soft fact, either. And proof is in the numbers. Just take a look at their stock value—it’s much higher than would be expected based on actual … Continue reading 6 Ways to Make Your Story Matter

Discovery

i. I don’t run much anymore. This isn’t by choice. I’d still be out there pounding wicked long miles in scorching humidity if it weren’t for a knee injury I sustained while doing, of all things, karaoke. But I shrug it off. Because even if I had a chance to redo my off-key performance, I’d still go through with it. I’d say yes to the DJ as … Continue reading Discovery

Your Thing

AUDIO OF THIS BLOG POST:  What do you want to do every day until you die? Do you want to write books? Teach kindergarten? Hike the Mongolian steppe? Do you want to lead bike tours? Collect Care Bears? Make short films in México City? Photograph steaming cups of espresso in the American midwest? Seriously, what’s your thing? That one thing that, if you did it, would … Continue reading Your Thing

Gorgeous and Beautiful

AUDIO OF THIS BLOG POST Not too long ago my girlfriend and I went to a local pizza joint in Carrboro called Pizzeria Mercato. It’s been in town for about a year now, and on any weekend night there’s a line out the door. We’ve been there maybe a half-dozen times, and each visit has been a better-than-average experience. And I’m not just talking about … Continue reading Gorgeous and Beautiful

Minor Inspirations

AUDIO OF THIS BLOG POST I’m not a big fan of business books. I read them on occasion, but generally find them to be a couple hundred pages of stories and anecdotes used to reinforce a few main ideas, at most. I’ve currently got my nose in a couple, and they’re doozies (Reinventing You and Little Bets). But frankly, I’m zipping through them so I can … Continue reading Minor Inspirations

You Love When it Happens

Just imagine…you visit a café for the first time and the entire experience, from start to finish, is top-grade. Not just better than usual, not merely a stand-out or interesting one-off, but a genuine moment in time loaded with connection, authenticity, and professionalism. Feels good, huh? You leave the place with a feeling of joy. One you might even downplay because…how can a retail shopping … Continue reading You Love When it Happens