Sunday Gratitude

I’m logging into our systems to review the work that our team has been doing, and … wow. Last year Allie and I went through a process of “re-founding” the company. The businesses turned 10 years old (and I turned 38). We threw no parties and had no celebrations. We went back and captured the…

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The Best and Most Difficult Way to Create Good Gossip

You see an advertisement for a new brand of sneakers. This ad claims these shoes are “the most comfortable in the world” with the gist of the copy reading something along the lines of, “OMG they will literally alter the course of your life.” This new shoe brand is priced at $98 and looks a…

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Chuck E. Cheese Didn’t Sponsor This

As a child, I enjoyed Chuck E. Cheese. Specifically, I liked playing in the tubes and the ball pit. Those two things captured my full imagination and stimulated my senses. As a pre-teen, I enjoyed Chuck E. Cheese. Specifically, I liked playing games, earning tickets, and turning them in for prizes. I didn’t care much…

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How Do You Prepare?

Giving a great speech relies on creating a great intersection: where preparation meets the right context for delivering your message. A successful photoshoot relies on creating a successful intersection: where preparation meets the right subject, lighting, and framing. An incredible athletic performance relies on creating an incredible intersection: where preparation meets execution meets competition. Preparation…

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A Good Day’s Work

Recently, I completed 8 hours of work in 2 hours. Recently, I completed 2 hours of work in 8 hours. The difference between these two workdays was dramatic. The 8-in-2 day was full of very deliberate work that was well-prepared for me. My team had given me all the tools I needed to do the…

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