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...]

The Myth of Creative Inspiration: Great Artists Don’t Wait for Motivation (They Do This Instead)

Franz Kafka is considered one of the most creative and influential writers of the 20th century, but he actually spent most of his time working as a lawyer for the Workers Accident Insurance Institute. How did Kafka produce such fantastic creative works while holding down his day job? By sticking to a strict schedule. He[click to continue reading...][click to continue reading...]

The Power of Imperfect Starts: How Good Do You Really Need to Be to Get Started?

When you have a goal — whether it’s starting a business or eating healthier or traveling the world — it’s easy to look at someone who is already doing it and then try to reverse engineer their strategy. In some cases, this is really useful. Learning from the experiences of successful people is a great[click to continue reading...][click to continue reading...]

I Watched an Artist Create Stained Glass And Learned An Important Lesson About Life

Until recently, I had never been inside a stained glass studio. And then, without any planning at all, I found myself inside two different studios over the span of three days. Strange how life works like that. I assumed that I would see some nicely colored works windows or something similar, but that would be[click to continue reading...][click to continue reading...]