The Greater Good: Shades of Grey

I recently had an interesting discussion regarding the lesser of two evils. The notion there is a greater good. This discussion came from a thought experiment called the "Trolly Problem". The idea of making a decision based on the greater good has a variety of implications. I'll illustrate a few of these gray matter decisions [...]

Step Back: Leap Forward

I recently had an interesting conversation with a friend and fellow creator, Paige Ellis. Not long ago she left a position for another job. This gave her the flexibility to pursue her passion even further than she already was. She's a talented singer, performer and model that's making moves to position herself for success. Criticism: [...]

Success: Money, freedom and fulfillment

The interesting thing about success is there are a number of definitions and they’re all subjective, but that doesn't mean they're incorrect. It’s not uncommon for people to reference the amount of money you’re making as a gauge for how successful you are.  However, in my experience, money is a secondary component of being successful. [...]

Life and Death In The Fast Lane

This one doesn't have any pictures. Use your mind. I believe it was sometime in 2008 or 2009. I hadn't anticipated watching someone die that day. Especially not someone many years younger than me. As if that matters. I certainly hadn't anticipated my military experience being the topic of brief, though relevant discussion. I had [...]

Ego: Becoming self aware

Everyone has an ego and some are more positive than others. Yet, having an ego isn't necessarily a bad thing. I could drop a Freudian bombshell and start talking about Id, Superego and Ego, but I'm not a psychologist. Neither am I a psychoanalyst or a professional behavioral detection specialist. I just happen to be [...]

Pavlov’s Dogs: Condition Your Mind

Many years ago, while in my undergrad, I remember learning about Pavlov's dogs in psych 101. I also remember learning about Schrödinger's cat, but that's for a different blog. I'm more of a dog person anyway, cats are divas and ain't nobody got time for that. Today I want to briefly discuss the potential we [...]

A World Unplugged: At odds with creativity?

I’ve recently started a short adventure that will last roughly two months. I jumped out of the sates and have landed in Thailand prior to an adventure through India. Something that has become an issue recently is the wifi in my building. It should be fixed in the next day or two, but it’s brought [...]

Over Thinking: All The Things

In business as in life I have to remind myself frequently not to over think it. There are many opportunities that will present themself in either of these categories. We can choose to over think every detail or just go with the flow and learn a bit as we do. Many times I find that [...]

Problem Solving & Taking Action

We've all been there. A mountain of uncertainty or a pile of roadblocks that aren't doing anything to help the creative process. If we are't careful we can become paralyzed with the sheer size of the problem. This blog discusses how to deconstruct the problem or problems and create a plan of action. Remember, every [...]

Positive Intent: Assume Nothing

For those of you who've had the unfortunate experience of being burned in life or business, I get it. It's tough to put yourself back out there without a bit of premeditated analysis based on data points from the past. Yes, I can tend to think like a computer. Yes, it can create issues at [...]