I’ve always had rather eclectic tastes. Whether it’s art, philosophy, theology, or science, I try to find tangible lessons in both life and business.
Physics, in particular, has always been of great interest to me. There is a certain solace found in thinking about the invisible forces that govern the world around us.
I’ve found that just as I begin to think I understand a concept, I discover that digging deeper uncovers layer upon layer of complexity.
It always amazes me how translatable the world of physics can be across seemingly unrelated subjects, such as business and entrepreneurship.
Entrepreneurs often find that the only constants in life are problems. Obstacles are to be dreaded, leading only to stress, anxiety, and self-doubt. At least, that’s what we’ve been conditioned to think.
But history is littered with examples of people who have managed to overcome and thrive on the struggles they experience. Why do a select few seem to succeed where the rest of us fail time and time again? The answer lies in a thought expressed by a Roman emperor 1,800 years ago.
“The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way.” -Marcus Aurelius
The broadway mega-hit Hamilton hits Disney+ today (July 3rd), and the general public will finally get to see the show with the original cast in all of its glory.
I was fortunate to see the show in person at the Hollywood Pantages theater a few years ago. I went into the show bit skeptical as to whether or not it could live up to the incredible hype surrounding it. Fortunately, the experience not only lived up to my expectations; it blew them away.
The production effortlessly blended witty lyrics with a historical narrative that still resonates over two hundred years…
We live in the post-truth world. A world where self-awareness, honesty, and respect for facts has given way to selfishness, Machiavellian maneuverings, and casual deceit. It is a world where society has adopted the general belief that facts are malleable, able to be twisted to suit whatever narrative they’re promoting.
One of the first casualties of the post-truth world was civility. You see, when there is no such thing as the truth or objective facts, emotion is all you have to go on. Civil discourse becomes an anachronism, and every conflict becomes a bitter and vicious battle to the death.
2020 has been a year where days feel like weeks and the months like decades. There’s a palpable feeling that we’re hurtling toward a massive cultural shift, and it’s unlike anything I’ve experienced in my lifetime.
America has fractured into two nations, at least in terms of culture, values, and civic outlook. Unlike any other time in our history, however, these nations are not divided by geographical boundaries. Instead, these differing worldviews exist everywhere, in every neighborhood, and sometimes in our very homes.
What makes a nation? By most definitions, a nation is a stable community of people formed based…
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what it means to be a leader. No matter where you look today, authentic leadership seems to be in short supply.
There are a lot of “bosses” out there, to be sure. But what I struggle to see, in business, politics, and life, are true leaders who bring us together, inspire us to achieve great things, and bring out the best in us.
While there are a number of issues that have contributed to this leadership deficit, I believe that one in particular stands above the rest: leaders have neglected their souls.
There are few things I love more than a lively academic debate, especially when I have experience on both sides of the argument.
One such debate that rages in certain circles is that of the fox vs. the hedgehog. The comparison comes from a fragment of an ancient poem written by the Greek poet Archilochus.
He wrote, “the fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing.”
Unfortunately, since the manuscript was incomplete, there wasn’t much in terms of context to guide readers towards the ultimate meaning of this statement.
It wasn’t until the political theorist and philosopher…
One of the most challenging aspects of growing up is realizing that the world is not as predictable or straightforward as we would like to think.
Complexity and uncertainty rule the day, and this inevitably clashes with our innate human desire to live in a simple, predictable, and understandable world.
Think back to your high school physics classes, which painted the picture of a world that abided by immutable rules, could be predicted, and ultimately provided some degree of certainty to its inhabitants.
Of course, as time goes on, you learn that this isn’t always the case. Consider physics again…
I’ve reached a point in my career where I have many different business interests, all of which demand time and attention.
At any given point right now, I find myself engaged in running a consulting company, serving as an entrepreneur in residence ASU Skysong, working with various non-profit organizations, and of course, writing.
The workload is enough to make one’s head spin, and the stresses associated with each of these undertakings can be intense. Mind you, all of this is in addition to my responsibilities as a husband and father.
With so many aspects of life demanding my attention, I…
I’ve been exposed to a lot throughout my career, some good and some bad. Whether it was during my time as a junior executive at a Fortune 500 company or my near decade-long journey as an entrepreneur and CEO, I’ve experienced just about everything you can think of.
I draw on this experience daily in order to become a better leader. As one of my mentors once told me, “You learn from observing what to do, and what not to do.” As unfortunate as it may be, learning from watching others make mistakes is often the more effective option.
CEO of Colorado Lending Source. In a past life, I was a FinTech CEO, a top columnist for Forbes Magazine, and a regular contributor for MSNBC.