The Other 10,000 Hours.

In Malcolm Gladwell’s best-selling and widely discussed book, Outliers: The Story of Success he talked about the 10,000 hours rule. In the book he cites a paper from American Scientist, by Herbert Simon and William Chase, noting that it takes between 10,000 and 50,000 hours to master something difficult. While the

The Loss of the Patron Saint of Communion.

Like many of you, I’m stunned and saddened by the loss of Antony Bourdain. It’s yet another inexplicable, or at least difficult to get my head and my heart around, loss of a good, impactful person too soon. In our modern human lives, we live with constant paradoxes that include

Where Dividends Come From

Not just financial, but in all areas of life. Dividends are defined as a payment made to a company’s shareholder out of profits or surplus. In other words, it’s the portion of profit paid back to the investor after a profit or surplus. Only if the company is making a profit

Running on Stars, Breathing in Water

This morning, like the last two, I ran across stars, not even certain that my feet touched the ground. Along the grey, still water that reflected the far-off white-capped Olympics that mirrored their craggy edges, I ran. The water was still, save the occasional soft rain that also entered my sleep.

Breaking the Curse of Knowledge

We all have it. It’s not our fault. It’s a challenging part of being human. But, there’s a cure. It’s called the “Curse of Knowledge.” It’s a Curse because it assumes. The Curse is a cognitive and emotional bias that a communicating individual has when expressing themselves to another or a

On Artistry.

I’m thinking of beauty and artistry, in its many forms, and how the simplest things that inform our mind and mind’s eye when there is space and presence to do so. The role of art or artistry has little to do with functionalism or the creation of artifact. It has

What Sound Did Your Year Make?

A year’s reflection through sensory metaphor. Recently I was reflecting on my year and the scene that entered my mind came through a unusual doorway. The scene was that of a drum set tumbling down two flights of stairs, and it came through as sound sound in addition to the

Creation & ReCreation

Refueling our Creative Spirit Through Deep Rejuvination Part of the natural course of creative evolution is to begin again or begin anew. Work in the creative professional realm calls on us to constantly create and recreate—sometimes for us, mostly for others. There is truth to this regardless of what title

Humbled by.

Sometimes you find yourself in a place with time to pause and you remember the miracles of life. You find yourself in awe of the children you and your amazing mate have brought into the world. A young man about to give a presentation to his school. Focused on an

The Lightness of Responsibility

I had dream conversation last night with an old friend who, in my mind’s eye, is always smiling, laughing. She’s bright, talented and full of light. When she laughs, she laughs big; throws her head back and laughs with her whole body. You can feel her laughter run through you.

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