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Why It’s Good To Be a Late-Bloomer Athlete

Lately I’ve become a bit of a kid in a candy shop when it comes to wanting to pick up new athletic skills. From weight-lifting to swimming, there are so many skills I never mastered in my youth. Even my current sports (running and jiu jitsu) are still relatively recent additions to my life. This […]

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Game of Thrones Philosophy Breakdown: S8E5 “The Bells” – Tyrants, Mercy, Responsibility, and Madness

*SPOILER ALERT FOR GAME OF THRONES, OBVIOUSLY. Don’t listen to this if you haven’t watched the show!* The penultimate episode brought home many of the truest and most powerful themes of Game of Thrones, from the horrors of war and power to the often cyclical nature of history and human nature. Ryan and I went […]

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Want To Be Needed? People Need You To Be Unnecessary

I’ll admit it: I really like to feel needed. I like to know that there’s something I can (and must) bring to the table for others. I like knowing that I have unique skills. I like knowing that I give more value than I take. And (like many people) I’m frightened by the idea that […]

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3 Practical Reasons To LOL More Loudly (With An Emphasis on the OL)

I’m of the belief that any laugh quieter than a donkey’s or a drunken medieval tavern-keeper’s is not worth the breath. I like laughing loudly, not at “polite” volumes. While uproarious mirth may not help me with sophistication, it has many powers for good. Here are three reasons you should embrace the belly laugh: 1) It feels good – The […]

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Need More Than Courage? 7 Ways to Get More Audacity

Acting in the face of fear will never be easy. But that doesn’t mean you can’t help yourself out. In case those 10 Ways To Instantly Grow Your Self-Confidence weren’t enough, here are seven more tools for become more audacious in the moment – or throughout your life. 1) Spend time with brave people – Spend lots of time reading […]

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Three Traits I Love About My Mother

It’s my Mom’s birthday, so today I reflect on a few of the things I love about her personality. Enthusiasm My Mom knows how to have fun. Whenever we’d go to theme parks, she’d always be the fastest walker. She’s always wanted to do the Amazing Race with me. And she loves games, which she […]

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Adventure Porn and the Will to Venture Out

Once upon a time, to see Everest, you had to climb it. Now you can easily save a picture of Mt. Everest onto your computer desktop, decorate your house with pictures and maps of Everest, or watch a Go-Pro video of someone scaling it. Beyond Everest, you can easily find pictures and videos of every far-off […]

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How My Bedside Gym Helps Me Stay Fit

I decided a while back to make some form of daily exercise* a regular part of my life. The secret to consistency? I can literally roll out of bed and be in the gym. I’ve made a few fitness acquisitions over the years which have added up to make a convenient “bedside gym.” 1. Yoga mat […]

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A Defense of Being Busy

Being busy has a bad rap these days. And to be fair, being occupied with lots of tasks has plenty of faults and pitfalls, from overcommitment to lack of focus. And isn’t it insufferable when everyone tells you how “busy” they are (or worse, use it as an excuse?) But even though the world wants […]

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Shared Holidays Make Everything Better – Even Traffic

Like many of you, I sat in traffic today heading home for Christmas. And like many of you, I don’t find traffic appealing. But there was something strange in the air – something maybe you’re noticing, too. It was something like camaraderie. Where I might normally feel frustration at best with heavy traffic, I looked […]

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“Far Too Easily Pleased”: My Generation and Justice

“It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant […]

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You Have To Shoot Some Ideas Down So Others Can Fly

“Shooting down ideas” gets a bad rap. There’s an idea out there that all ideas should get their time in the sun. So naturally too-early critique (or any critique at all) can sometimes get tagged as anti-creative or even a bit selfish and anti-social. While I understand the point*, it also doesn’t quite take into […]

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Field Notes and Ideas on the Art of Good Birthday Wishes

There are enough sappy greeting cards out in the world, so it’s important you know how to do birthday and sympathy wishes right. Writing out “happy birthday” may be better than nothing, but it doesn’t do much or say much to the person receiving it. A “happy birthday” requires no thought and little interest in […]

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The “Search, Batch, and Destroy” Tactic for Prioritized Email Processing

Getting an email inbox under control is a daunting task. It’s worse when you have no easy way to prioritize and batch the email answers that master most. For a long time I’ve labored through inboxes newest to oldest (while others do oldest to newest), spending much of my inbox time passing over or closing irrelevant […]

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Celebrate Monday Nights

Everyone fears Mondays, which is probably why I love the idea of rebelling against the expectations of Mondays. I share the opinion with Gary Vaynerchuk that you should go all out in your Monday workday. But that’s its own post. What I think might be new to you is that there could be something special about […]

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Never Stop Being a New Employee

I’ve been working at the same company for 4 years. So why did I sit in on an orientation presentation series meant for recently hired employees? You pick up on a lot of things here and there from a long time working with a group. But even so I still learned a lot today, and […]

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Many Hands Make Deeper Work

I love riding the wave of a growing company. Everything changes as employee headcount grows, and it’s one of the best personal challenges around. One genuine surprise from my experience so far has been seeing how headcount correlates with workload. Now I didn’t really expect my job to get *that* much easier as we hired […]

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There Is No Such Thing as a Normal Company

If you think your company is uniquely strange and “not normal,” you’re right, but you’re also wrong. Every company sometimes seems to have hierarchies that make no sense, or places where hierarchy seems desperately needed. Every company sometimes seems to be missing an essential department or an essential tool. Every company sometimes seems to have processes that exist for […]

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A Running List of My Favorite Attention-Hacking Tactics of 2018

As a marketer, my eyes are always peeled for tactics other companies and organizations are using to get attention and brand exposure. All great marketing follows the same patterns, and all great marketing patterns can be replicated. Here are few of the attention-grabbing hacks that I’ve loved this year: DISNEY – At the HackGT hackathon, […]

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The Blue-Collar Knowledge Worker Manifesto

n. Knowledge worker – Knowledge workers are workers whose main capital is knowledge. Examples include software engineers, physicians, pharmacists, architects, engineers, scientists, design thinkers, public accountants, lawyers, and academics, and any other white-collar workers, whose line of work requires the one to “think for a living“. The more I’m exposed to the industry of marketing, the more I learn about the pitfalls as well as the advantages of work in a job that is […]

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You Can’t Be an Entrepreneur and Normal

For a while I’ve entertained the notion that it might be possible be an entrepreneur without coming off as weird or salesy to some people. This is a very easy illusion to maintain when you work for a company – even an early-stage one. So much of the infrastructure and normalcy you can rely upon as […]

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7 Tips for Running Longer Than You Think You Can

I ran about the distance of a 5K yesterday for the first time in my life. ~3.1 miles isn’t very far in the grand scheme of things, but for someone new to serious running-as-exercise, it’s something I thought I would have to do a lot more work to reach. There were a few things that […]

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Feed the Greatness of Others

Life is so much better when the people around you are striving to be all they can be. If you’re lucky enough to be surrounded by people climbing up, you shouldn’t take it for granted. You should take time to feed the greatness in the people around you. Most people have high ideals for their life. But […]

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End Meetings on Time

There is something life-changing about a Meeting Monday when meetings end on time. When you end meetings on time (or early), you can feel the relief in the room. People go back to their work with little surprised grins of pleasure. No one expected that.  That’s the thing about meetings: unless you’re paying attention, they will […]

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No Cause Is “Bigger Than You”

I often hear people longing for some cause or purpose that is “bigger than them.” I know how this feels, partly because I’m lucky enough to have work like that. My company’s work may have effects reaching far beyond what I could imagine. My company’s work could dramatically improve the lives of billions of people living and […]

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I’m Turning 22. Let’s Give 22 People Access to Clean Drinking Water with Charity:Water

  Clean, plentiful, running water is one of the greatest and most underrated human technologies.  Clean water hydrates our children, boils our food, sustains our livestock, washes our clothes, and provides the basic substrate for delicious, delicious coffee. More importantly, with plentiful clean water, we don’t have to spend our precious time suffering from dehydration or sickness (dysentery – gross!), fighting […]

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Miss the Christmas Shipping Deadline? Here Are Five Great Digital Gift Alternatives

So, you’ve missed the Christmas shipping deadline, eh? That doesn’t mean you have to give up on winning Christmas. You just have to be creative. Try one of these digital backups if all else fails. 1. Give an Airbnb gift card.  You can give the experience of travel and adventure with a digital Airbnb gift […]

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The Most Important Lesson Parents Need to Teach Children

Most moral lessons that stick with you best through example. I remember the main moral lessons and examples from my childhood vividly. One of them is the apocryphal story of George Washington and the cherry tree. Little George Washington was apparently a bloody ax-murderer in making, and he decided to practice his skills on his father’s cherry tree. […]

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“Dancing Like No One’s Watching” Takes Hard Work

“Dance like no one’s watching.” There are two ways to put this advice – which applies to far more than just dancing – into action. The first and more common way is about rejecting social pressure to dance a certain way. This is a good thing. But it frequently looks like the decision to stop trying too […]

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Saying Goodbye to the Old Office

Dear old office, You delightful old scamp. I’m going to miss you. Today the BitPay team that’s called you home for more than three years is moving on to (hopefully) greener pastures in Alpharetta. I’ll not forget, you though. As Shakespeare’s King Harry says to his men at Agincourt, “Old men forget: yet all shall be forgot, But […]

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