The Dirty Little Secret To Emotional Health

Posted by on Monday, December 15th, 2014 with 1 Comments


I don’t care if you’re a child or an adult – you need to know about poop.

Wait, I thought this was an article about emotional health. It is, dear reader, it is. Read on.

It all starts with feelings. We have them. They’re a fundamental part of existence, much like food, water, and warmth. The problem is, some of them are uncomfortable. So we, as humans, decide we’re going to get rid of them. It’s very natural to want to get rid of bad feelings, and there are effective ways of doing so. Unfortunately though, most people choose to get rid of bad feelings in a way that doesn’t work at all.

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Why Going To Therapy Was The Best Thing I Ever Did For My Business

Posted by on Friday, April 25th, 2014 with 1 Comments

Why Going To Therapy Was The Best Thing I Ever Did For My Business

If you know me personally or have heard me speak, you’re aware of how much I believe in therapy. Few things have impacted me as positively as attending regular sessions with a psychologist, rummaging through my past, and learning why I am the way I am. If I were silly enough to try to summarize my last few years of therapy, I might say something like this:

Before, I was living inside a very intricate box, whose walls sloped and curved in ways I didn’t understand. Every decision I made took into account the shape of that box and my goal of never breaking through its walls. And yet, I had absolutely no idea I was in a box at all. Today, I live in the world again. People, places, and situations are far less intimidating to me, as I can finally see them for what they are, rather than what they looked like through the walls of my fears and limitations.

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How To Get What You Want

Posted by on Tuesday, December 31st, 2013 with 2 Comments

how to get what you want

To get what you want, you have to want what you get.

This is a discussion about reality versus expectations. Many of us in the CEO community are overachievers who have been taught to always aim high. By pushing ourselves, we get far more than we would have if we had accepted whatever came our way. However, pushing ourselves also has the unintended consequence of ensuring that we are never quite happy with anything we do.

Let’s take a quick trip down the rabbit hole. If, in our pursuit of greatness, we are never satisfied with the status quo, then we very well may achieve great things. Our companies will prosper, even if the road is bumpy. Our kids will excel at their pursuits. We will be recognized for our leadership at some point in our careers. Many people will depend on us. This is all very good.

But when do we stop to appreciate what we’ve earned for ourselves? Is there some sabbatical that occurs mid-career? Some daily meditation on our lives that we’ve been saving all this time to infuse into our weekly schedule? Or have we boarded a non-stop train to Happiness long ago, only to find that the train never actually lets us off and we must be content with just a glance out the window as we zoom by?

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The Beginning

Posted by on Thursday, December 19th, 2013 with 4 Comments


Two minutes after I woke up this morning, I realized something was different. After my usual blinking, stretching, and adjusting to the light in the room, I rotated my body to the edge of the bed and put my feet on the floor like I always do. But today, for some reason, I had an awareness of how my toes felt on the floor. My foot’s weight pushing into the carpet was comforting.

That’s unusual, I thought to myself as I made my way out to the kitchen. I could feel the air lightly floating by my face as I walked.

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