Tag Archives | Kick-Ass-Ness



Most of us long to make a dent in the universe, to leave a world that’s different and better than the one we were born into. Short of being a some singular giant like Steve Jobs, or Nelson Mandela, however, the only way until recently that we could pursue this goal consciously and systematically has  More


‘Just One Thing’

Michael Bungay Stanier and I have been having fun with his new project, the Great Work MBA. In the process, I asked him about what allows any of us to do great work. You’ve now been thinking about “great work” for what, 5 years now? Time flies.  What’s the one thing you now know is  More

Don’t Listen to Everything

Super loved this by Ann Friedman. For all of you trying to create change in the world either as entrepreneurs or writers or simply by choosing to be kickass instead of kiss ass, you’ve already discovered haters. In Ann’s quest for understanding haters, she created The Disapproval Matrix, which I found to be so perfect,  More


Are You Standing Out Today?

People buy two categories of things. The distinct. And the generic. The distinct items are the things that have a limited commodity, that are artisan in nature, that are worth paying a premium for. They stand out for some reason. The generic items are, well, the things you find on Amazon. If I start to  More


Courage Does Not Roar

Today, I was in a room full of remarkable people, making a list of what qualities make someone remarkable. The predictable elements were listed: Hard-working Resourceful Creative Intelligent/ Smart Organized… After 15 or so elements were listed on the post-it board… courageous was added to the list. When you are courageous (or fearless, bold –  More