A couple months ago I launched the Million-Miles Film Contest in which participants were invited to upload a 90-second film that told a story. A story is simply a character that wants something and overcomes conflict to get it. Many of the entries were great. Thanks so much for taking part. I’m pleased to announce the winner of the Million Miles Film Contest is Mark Nehrenz, for his film “Holding Out for Justice.” Congratulations, Mark! We will be sending that check [...]
A friend of mine has a non-profit in which he raises money to provide academic scholarships to kids in South Africa. It’s a terrific organization doing terrific work. He raises funds on the platform of Academic Equality, and mostly mobilizes college students to host parties and fundraisers then works closely with students who are being provided scholarships. As he started his organization, I couldn’t help but notice it grew much more quickly than The Mentoring Project, an organization I started [...]
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I love using my cell phone in public. I come from Texas so I talk loud. I especially like talking to my doctor about sensitive medical information, spots where I have rashes and that sort of thing. We all have rashes. We all have to talk to our doctors on our cell phones. And sometimes those conversations happen inside of crowded elevators. [...]
As we all know some of the dialogue on the internet is less than constructive. While most of the conversation taking place on this site is on a level I would consider phenomenal (read: objective, open and respectful) elsewhere, and even sometimes here, civility is lacking. Recently I posted principles for civil discourse, so today I thought I’d post principles for non-civil discourse. Here are several principles for how to Not Really Win an Argument:
1. Take a persons argument [...]
Back when I was hanging out at Reed College, I was pleased to be in an environment where truth mattered more than ego, or rather where people didn’t associate their identity with their ideas. What I mean is, finding truth was more important than being right. And because finding truth was more important than being right, students were able to learn.
At Reed, discussing a philosophical or even scientific idea around a conference table did not look like a [...]
Good morning. Today I’m featuring Dave Rawlings Machine, doing “Monkey and the Engineer” and you’ll also notice Gillian Welch playing and singing backup. Rawlings is best known as Gillian’s backup, so it’s nice to see them switching it up a bit. He produced the latest Old Crow Medicine Show, and you’ll hear that flavor in this song. Here you go:
In Million Miles, I talk about structuring your life like a story so that, when you’re done living it, it will have been more meaningful. I also talk about how if you’re life story were spelled out on the back of a DVD cover, what would it say. Something like:
“Donald Miller desperately wanted the new Volvo, but he didn’t have enough money. So he got a job at a local grocery store and worked the nightshift till he could [...]
I want to write an essay saying the statistical chance of God having a specific plan for your life is roughly 1 in 227. I’d base that statistic on scripture, because scripturally, for every one person God had a specific plan for, there were 226 He did not. Joseph was in, Benjamin was out and so on.
I told a friend recently that if he wanted to gain confidence as a public speaker, he should practice. I told him to just accept any invitation, large or small, and get some hours down.
He thanked me but also mentioned he wanted his confidence to come from God, from his faith. He wasn’t being snooty or anything, trying to passively let me know what a great Christian he was, because if he’d been doing that, I’d just have shrugged my [...]
About three weeks ago, I was fifty or so flight of stairs into my workout. I’m going to try to climb Mt. Hood in early June. The training has gone okay, but I have my doubts. I’ve not lost the weight I thought I’d lose, to be honest. That happened when I trained to ride my bike across the country, too, and everything turned out fine. And yet I worried. What if I didn’t make it? I started feeling [...]