Photo Essay: The Isle of Skye, Scotland

I believe that creativity is one of the pillars of living a healthy and fulfilling life. And, because I try to live out the principles that I write about each week and not merely talk about them, every few months I set out on a photography trip to create art, explore the world, and learn…[click to continue reading...]

My Upcoming Speaking Schedule (Let’s Meet in Person!)

Earlier this week, our little community passed 84,000 members. (First time visitor? You can sign up free here.) One of my favorite parts about writing for a global audience is meeting you all in person when I speak at various events and organizations. With that in mind, I’m starting to book my speaking schedule for…[click to continue reading...]

What I’m Reading: Fall 2014 Edition

It’s time for the Fall 2014 Edition of my reading list. For each of the books below, I have assigned a rating and written a three sentence review, which summarizes my thoughts about why I did or did not enjoy the book. At the end of each review, I have included a link to the…[click to continue reading...]

Measure Backward, Not Forward

We often measure our progress by looking forward. We set goals. We plan milestones for our progress. Basically, we try to predict the future to some degree. We do this in business, in health, and in life at large. Can we increase our quarterly earnings by 20 percent? Can I lose 20 pounds in the…[click to continue reading...]

How Creative Geniuses Come Up With Great Ideas

In 2002, Markus Zusak sat down to write a book. He began by mapping out the beginning and the end of the story. Then, he started listing out chapter headings, pages of them. Some made it into the final story, many were cut. When Zusak began to write out the story itself, he tried narrating…[click to continue reading...]

The Physics of Productivity: Newton’s Laws of Getting Stuff Done

In 1687, Sir Isaac Newton published his groundbreaking book, Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy, which described his three laws of motion. In the process, Newton laid the foundation for classical mechanics and redefined the way the world looked at physics and science. What most people don’t know, however, is that Newton’s three laws of motion…[click to continue reading...]