The opposite of devil’s advocate

Imagine someone is introducing a new project, and you point out the flaws. If you’re right, and others agree, then the project might not happen. No harm, no foul. If you’re wrong, then it doesn’t matter because you were just playing devils advocate. It’s a safe position to play no matter what happens. On the… Read More

What we want to be when we grow up

“It’s not what you want to be when you grow up, it’s what you want to be next as you continue growing.” -Dave Evans, author of Designing Your Life I think we psyche ourselves out when we think about “what we want to be when we grow up.” Does anyone ever stop growing up? Does… Read More

Get your to-do list out of your head

The mind has an incredible ability to refine ideas in our subconscious. We need to use it to its fullest potential! When we’re busy thinking about our to-do list, we steal the mental capacity to contemplate big ideas. Put your to do list on paper so you can keep difficult problems stored in your head…. Read More

Worthy Burger

There’s an incredible burger place off the beaten path in South Royalton, Vermont. It’s not the most convenient or the cheapest, but it’s the best. It’s a hole in the wall 15 minutes off highway 89. The food is delicious, and the journey to get there is just as special. Worthy Burger is a gem located… Read More

Free Ways to Change the World Today

Handwrite a card Give a nice, long hug Surprise a friend with something homemade Tell someone they matter Give a genuine compliment Changing the world doesn’t have to be difficult, expensive or time-consuming. Let someone know you’re there for them. That ounce of belief may be all it takes for them to start sharing their passion… Read More

The Motivation to Build a Ship

If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea. -Antoine de Saint-Exupery As we gear up for another year of 20k Passions, I’m trying to put this wisdom into practice…. Read More

The Sides of the Hill Theory

This post is a corollary to Simplicity, Complexity and a Return to Simplicity.  One of the reasons why advice is so tricky is because people are on different sides of the hill. It’s often unclear which side they’re on. Advice to go up the hill is flawed when you’re sitting at the top. Advice to… Read More

Maz Jobrani on Critics

Maz Jobrani’s comedy sets are rife with more political jokes than ever. It’s his way to talk about contentious issues through his art. But some people don’t like it. In his recent podcast on Hidden Brain he talks about how one critic said something along the lines of, “Why don’t you stick to comedy and stop including… Read More

Creating a business model that serves you (and your customers)

The internet did something amazing for anyone making products. You no longer had to own shelf-space in order to sell something. That means Mom and Pop don’t have to spend twelve hours a day camped out in their retail location in order to sell handcrafted goodies. The internet gave entrepreneurs the opportunity to craft a business… Read More

Job Hopping

Corporations shame job hopping. Why wouldn’t they? Training is expensive and investing in an employee is only worth it if they stay for a while. Maybe our generation isn’t gritty, but maybe corporations aren’t giving us the meaning and purpose we’re seeking. A migration of bright minds to jobs filled with purpose wouldn’t be the… Read More