Heroes and leaders: Put on their pants just like everyone else. Have to stretch, train, learn, practice, and fail like everyone else. Wear protective gear and take safety precautions like everyone else. Speak and listen to others as they’d want to be spoken and listened to (like everyone else). There aren’t any secrets. Humility and […]

Coal requires three things to be able to change: Heat Pressure Time The soul is no different. Similarly, the acorns of some of the greatest and mightiest trees on Earth need the same.  So: Get passionate (heat) Get active and be publicly-accountable (pressure) Be PATIENT (time)

Just because your hands are trembling doesn’t mean you’re weak. Often it means that you’ve exerted yourself in pursuit of something greater. Just because you’ve failed or fallen doesn’t mean you’ll always fail or fall. Past may be prologue, but it does not determine the epilogue of your journey. Just because someone doesn’t understand or […]

Sometimes you have to… Make the space in your heart to be able to say “no”. Make yourself understand that the things people do or did to you are wrong. Let yourself get angry at all the pain inflicted. Tell the truth and be brutally-honest. Cry and release the pain. Sometimes, even the best of […]

You don’t need anyone’s permission. You don’t need anyone’s “final answer”. You don’t need anyone’s approval. You don’t need anyone’s negativity. You don’t need anyone’s doubt. You don’t need anyone’s fear. Now that you know what you don’t need, what do you really need to do the work?  I’d bet the list is a lot smaller […]

Because that would make us cruel. We don’t berate them for trying, we encourage and celebrate even the things that “aren’t quite there yet”. Yet in most modern meritocratic societies, we don’t celebrate failures. We only look at the highlight reels and put people on pedestals as examples. We don’t celebrate progressive failures nearly enough, […]

“This is too hard” “I’m just not good at this” “There are way more talented people doing this already” “I give up” Life isn’t easy. Life, in all of its chaotic splendor, is just as likely to hinder you as to help you. Life itself is a challenge, issued forth from the deepest portions of […]

When we focus on leading a passionate, meaningful life, we are also inadvertently creating a spectacular ripple effect of inspiration in the lives around us.  When one person follows a dream, tries something new, or takes a daring leap, everyone nearby feels their passionate energy; and before too long, they are making their own daring […]