I’m Using These 3 Simple Steps to Actually Stick with Good Habits

I have been trying a new strategy for building habits and it is working incredibly well. This strategy is remarkably easy and it is governed by three simple rules. First I’ll tell you the three rules. Then, I’ll explain how I’m using this strategy and offer some other examples of how you can put these[click to continue reading...][click to continue reading...]

2014 Integrity Report

Today I am publishing my first Integrity Report, which will explain the steps I’m taking to set a higher standard, lead with honesty, and build a business that serves first. My hope is that my Integrity Report will become a yearly ritual that forces me to think about how I am living out my values[click to continue reading...][click to continue reading...]

What I’m Reading: Hooked Edition

Welcome to another edition of my reading list! Each week, I try to write useful articles on topics like psychology and habit formation, medicine and health, and science and entrepreneurship. Where do I get many of these ideas? By reading books written by people who are smarter than me. Because of that, I love to[click to continue reading...][click to continue reading...]

Photo Essay: The Ancient Tannery of Fez, Morocco

Each month, I publish a photo essay. My hope is to capture the essence of a particular location as I continue my pursuit of adventure and exploration, showcase the craftsmanship and creativity of people around the world, and learn from the rituals and routines of different cultures. This photo essay is from Fez, Morocco. As[click to continue reading...][click to continue reading...]

How to Eliminate Procrastination (The Surprising Strategy One Man Used)

In 2009, Fred Stutzman was a graduate student at the University of North Carolina and he was trying to grind out some important work on his thesis. But there was a problem. His favorite coffee shop, which had previously been a quiet sanctuary where he could escape distraction and get work done, had just added[click to continue reading...][click to continue reading...]

Leadership at Scale (Why I Write)

Every Monday and Thursday for the past 16 months, I sat down in my chair, put my hands on the keyboard, and wrote a new article. Post after post. Week after week. Over 130 articles and counting. Why do I do this each week? What keeps pulling me back to this habit? Yes, I write[click to continue reading...][click to continue reading...]

How Long Does it Actually Take to Form a New Habit? (Backed by Science)

Maxwell Maltz was a plastic surgeon in the 1950s when he began noticing a strange pattern among his patients. When Dr. Maltz would perform an operation — like a nose job, for example — he found that it would take the patient about 21 days to get used to seeing their new face. Similarly, when[click to continue reading...][click to continue reading...]

Masters of Habit: Rituals, Lessons, and Quotes from Marcus Aurelius

Masters of Habit is a series of mini-biographies on the daily rituals and routines of great athletes, artists, and leaders. Marcus Aurelius was Roman Emperor from 161 to 180. Known as the last of the “Five Good Emperors,” Aurelius was not born into power, but rather was adopted (his biological father died when he was[click to continue reading...][click to continue reading...]