Growing up as a Christian I was taught I should forgive and accept everybody. I still believe that. But what forgiving and accepting has looked like over the years has changed. One of the best pieces of advice I’ve received was given to me by my friend Ben. We were taking a break from a […]
If you’re a decent writer, one tip that will take your writing over the top is to lose the word “that.” I learned this from William Zennser in his book “On Writing Well.” Instead of saying “I believe that we should…” try “I believe we should…” The word “that” makes the sentence weak. It loses […]
Last year I happened to run into Sir Ken Robinson in a bar in the Caribbean. I was speaking at a small conference, taking a break and suffering in the warm sun on a perfect beach (this rarely happens in my life. I live in Portland, Oregon remember. I deserved this) It began to rain […]
Today’s guest post is from my old friend Bob Goff. Bob has a book coming out next month called Love Does and you can pre-order it here. Here’s an excerpt: Ever since I was a kid I wanted to sail across the Pacific Ocean to Hawaii. Every other year, there’s a race from Los Angeles […]
This month I’ve been traveling with Steve Taylor who directed Blue Like Jazz. Steve is the engine behind the movie and has been from the beginning. I’d even say Steve was the principle writer. On set, Steve displayed the best example of leadership I’d seen to date. He was strong on task, but open to […]
Last year I interviewed Pete Carroll, head coach of the Seattle Seahawks. We spent two hours in his Seattle office, talking about leadership, humility, success, family, spirituality, politics and everything else save the one topic he speaks of so often, football. I interviewed Coach Carroll to learn more about the work he started with inner-city, […]
Sarcasm may have it’s occasional place, but people who are too often sarcastic are protecting themselves. Not long ago I was talking with an older, wiser friend and when she asked me a difficult question, I made a joke. My friend laughed but then noted I often made jokes when it would be more appropriate […]
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