Holding The Door: A Guide to Creative Charity

I used to get really frustrated when I would hold a door open for someone and they wouldn’t say thank you. Or they would cruise right past me without acknowledging me in some way. I mean, after all, I’d held the door open for them. What kind of terrible person wouldn’t say thank you when someone held a door open for them. But then I started to think more and more about why I was holding door open for people and my feelings changed. What I came to realize was that I was holding doors open because I wanted people to say “thank you”. Read More

Momentum: Killer of Blogs

Have you ever had to push a car? It’s not a lot of fun, but it is possible. But you have to make sure that the person inside the car, the person responsible for steering doesn’t do something stupid. Like hit the breaks. That’s what happens when you stop blogging. It is the end of momentum. And in a lot of ways, momentum is your best, and possibly only, friend. Read More

Get Your Learn On

I write constantly about how important it is to write. Specifically, I write about the positive aspects of blogging, how it can help develop you as a person and as a brand and how you can use it to express yourself. But lately, I haven’t been writing. Now there are several reasons why I haven’t been writing much lately. Apparently adding a miniature human girl to the mix with my 2.5 year old miniature human boy, with boundless energy and a “free spirit” will result in less time for writing. Apparently spending your days on the beach do not lend themselves to a plethora of opportunities to write. Deciding that at 34, in addition to being a stay at home dad and running my own small business, I should leap into two new startups does not create opportunities to blog. But there’s are not the things that have been stopping me from writing. No. What’s been stopping me from writing is reading. Read More

Square Peg, Round Hole: Avoid The Box

I love podcasts. I use them for a variety of purposes. Sometimes they are used to entertain, and sometimes they are used to educate. But the best is when these two purposes intersect and that is how I often feel about The Nerdist Podcast. For those not familiar, Chris Hardwick is an American born actor (sort of), tv host (occasionally) and stand up comedian (professionally) but over the past few years he has become particularly well known as the founder of the Nerdist network, a network that seemingly knows no bounds. His focus seems to be “if you want to make something, make something”. He is a believer that the current landscape of media and internet allows for anyone to produce anything they want. I’vactore always loved this concept because I think it is indicative of the entrepreneurial spirit that I think is so important in todays culture and economy. Read More

Start Writing…Like Now

Blogging is not hard. There. I said it. It’s just not. Now don’t get me wrong. Growing a following for your blog can be difficult. Monetizing your blog, if you so choose, can be incredibly difficult. But that’s not what we’re talking about. What we’re talking about is blogging and blogging is not hard. Do you have thoughts? Do you have access to a computer? These are your two requirements. These are your only two requirements. Everything else is icing on the cake. So, I’m not going to work with you on the topics of having thoughts or having access to a computer because if you don’t have either of these two things, we can’t really continue. Also, here’s my brief blurb on the why. You can blog for a thousand reasons. Read More