Death by To-Do List

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I do a lot. Mostly stuff. A bunch of things. And of course an occasional "why the heck am I doing that." And to keep track of all of my stuff, things and "why the heck am I doing that's" I have a list. A to-do list. But not just any old to-do list. I use an app on all of my devices to make sure that my time sucking little friends follow me wherever I go. I tackle each and every one of the … [Read more...]

Do the Impossible

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I believe that we all have a purpose. Something bigger than ourselves. Something to point our life towards. Something that actually matters. It usually comes in the form of a nagging feeling that you were meant for more than this. Whatever this is for you. Maybe your job leaves you unfulfilled. Or you've fallen out of love with the way you spend your day. Or maybe you just woke up one morning … [Read more...]

So, Now What?

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Perhaps you don't realize it. Or maybe you just aren't always aware of it. But we all have a constant onslaught of questions swimming around in our heads. These questions determine how we define what we are going through. They are the lens through which we see life. And ultimately how (or if) we take action. The problem is that the majority of these questions go something like … [Read more...]

An Incomplete List of Things that Piss Me Off (The E-mail Edition)

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If I was forced to point towards the one thing that I felt would someday usher in the demise of our existence as a species, it would not be terrorism. Or the result of an international nuclear pissing match. It would have nothing to do with religion. And I’m pretty sure it wouldn’t involve aliens (although an alien invasion would be pretty freaking cool). It would be e-mail. That's right. … [Read more...]

The Tale of Inspiration, Perspiration, Preparation and Celebration

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It was Thomas Edison that was once quoted as saying "Genius is 1 percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration.” While I’m pretty sure that was just his passive aggressive way of telling his wife to crank up the a/c (don’t quote me on that), I do believe there is a lesson in there somewhere. But first, I believe that his little equation needs a couple of tweaks to make it look a little more … [Read more...]

Are You a Hero or Just One of the Regular People?

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I saw a trailer for the movie “Wish I Was Here” the other day. It’s the one with Zach Braff. The guy from Scrubs. Which, not to get off topic so soon, is a little like calling Neil Patrick Harris the guy from Doogie Houser. Anyway. There was a line towards the end of the trailer that broke me down to tears. Literally. And we're not talking the funny ones either. Or even the feel good ones. … [Read more...]

Does Networking Work? Or Why Chris Brogan is Writing a Book Entitled “Marc Was Right!”

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I like Chris Brogan. He's one of a few people I know of online that has genuinely figured out how to succeed at the service of others. As opposed to the expense of others like most. Chris is a good egg. Which is why it pains me to have to publicly shame him in front of the hundreds of millions of people that read my blog each and every day*. *Actual number of readers may not be … [Read more...]

Pretty Ugly

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I can remember it like it was yesterday. I was in third grade and had just moved to a new town in the middle of the school year. I was a pretty normal kid. Except maybe for the awkwardly curly hair, buck teeth, braces, thick brown glasses and the trombone I was carrying. Other than that? Totally normal. On my first day at my new school, one of the girls in my class came up to me and … [Read more...]

The Pussification of the Internet

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Well, it was just a matter of time before our little playground called "The Internet" was ruined. Beaten to a digital pulp by what seems to be the only thing left that we as a group can tolerate. Intolerance. That undercurrent of hypersensitive hyperbole (ironic, isn’t it?) spewed the moment you express an opinion that is different from the rest of us. It's not that you aren't allowed to … [Read more...]

15 People Ruining Social Media

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I like social media. I really do. I use it everyday. I even have a Google+ t-shirt. But I'm tired of reading blog post after blog post about how to "win the game" of social media from your friendly neighborhood guru. It's not a game. And there is no way to win at it. But lucky for us, there are plenty of ways to lose. Here are a few of the biggest offenders: The Quoter Hey Socrates, we all … [Read more...]