So You Want To Be a Freelance Entrepreneur? Five Myths to Consider

When I was stuck in a job that I was emotionally over, and I read the book 4 Hour Work Week by Tim Ferris. The book details his decision to give up the confines of full-time employment to discover the adventurous life of a self-created freelance career and in exotic locations all over the world. To determine … Continue reading

Work as a Calling: How Southwest Airlines Hires the Right People

Southwest Airlines consistently hires people who represent its service-oriented and humorous culture well. How? An insistence on hiring for values and personality, and the candidate must exhibit these qualities before being hired. A recent blog article describes how Southwest Airlines does it over and over again. Key to their success: Over 70% of Southwest Airlines employees describe … Continue reading

A Graduation Speech by David Foster Wallace: This is Water

From Thomas Merton: A Prayer For the Confused

MY LORD GOD, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. … Continue reading

Every Moment a Gift

‎Listen to your life. See it for the fathomless mystery it is. In the boredom and pain of it, no less than in the excitement and gladness: touch, taste, smell your way to the holy and hidden heart of it, because in the last analysis: all moments are key moments, and life itself is grace. … Continue reading

Ray Bradbury: On Following Your Heart, Doing What You Love, and Tuning Out The Naysayers

Ray Bradbury, the beloved writer who gave science fiction its soul, died last week. In 1990, John Ezard of the UK’s Guardian interviewed Bradbury and asked him how he discovered his vocation as a writer. Bradbury told this story, explaining how he learned to follow his bliss and to tune out those voices that urged … Continue reading

Rest In Peace, Steve Jobs

I am saddened by the loss of Steve Jobs tonight. If there was an Edison or Einstein who walked among us in my life time, it was him. Many today are focusing on his leadership and vision for Apple, but I hope that his contributions to storytelling and the arts won’t be missed in all … Continue reading

Conan O’Brien at Dartmouth: Disappointment Can Be a Catalyst for Reinvention

It’s Not About You: Life is About Losing Yourself, Not Finding Yourself

David Brooks in today’s NYT writes a most thoughtful op-ed about the messages we give to college graduates. I post it here as a counter-balance to the Oprah article I posted last week. I think it is a helpful correction to Oprah’s advice, reminding us that much of success is not found in finding our … Continue reading

The Conclusion of the Matter: What Oprah Has Learned

Parker J. Palmer in his book Let Your Life Speak writes, “Is the life that I am living the life that wants to live in me?  “Before you tell your life what you intend to do with it, listen for what it intends to do with you.” I love Oprah. She’s a fellow Nashvillian, an authentic and … Continue reading