Help Me Clear My Bookshelf

At the age of 13, one of my mentors gave me a book, "Developing the Leader Within You" by Dr. John C. Maxwell. It sparked something in me: I committed to reading at least two books on leadership and communication per month, every month, for the rest of my life. The "Leadership Library" covers many … Continue reading Help Me Clear My Bookshelf

Relationships and Music

Saw this wonderful quote from Skye Linh today that said "Being single is so much better than being cheated on, lied to and disrespected." It parallels this other axiom about success which states "In life, you don't get what you deserve. You get what you negotiate for." We're often bound by our own fears and … Continue reading Relationships and Music

Shortcuts

When I was in fourth grade, my family moved across town to be closer to the restaurant we owned. My new elementary school was only about a mile from our home so I walked home everyday. Soon, I made friends who lived near me and they told me about their super-secret shortcut. The shortcut involved … Continue reading Shortcuts

The Power of Noticing

Today, I got a message from Seth Godin.   To be more accurate, I got a reply back to my note thanking him for his work, which has been incredibly influential to me.   He's one of the most in-demand authors and speakers in the world. To even send a few words, to say "I … Continue reading The Power of Noticing

Passion isn’t enough

"If you'd like to find a job where you have no boss, you will probably end up having a lousy boss - you - to do the work. We have to be really careful when we're deciding to act like the boss...then we need to do it as a professional. The fact that we have … Continue reading Passion isn’t enough

Two New Projects: On Music and On Eating

This year, I launched two new projects that see to have little to do with what I normally do. The first, is a daily called podcast - Music Business Hacks (launched today!). Yep, daily means I'll have 365 episodes produced for Season One. This quick-bite podcast focuses on inspiration, information, and application for aspiring artists … Continue reading Two New Projects: On Music and On Eating

Go Big or Go Home

Go big or go home is a popular adage that exhorts you to go all in, to experience something to its fullest. Like other catch phrases, it's easier said than done. In one sense, it might dissuade people from trying at all - "Don't bother unless you put your entire self into it." In another, … Continue reading Go Big or Go Home

My Morning Routine Begins with Gratitude

For the last couple of years, articles on the morning routines of CEOs and world-class performers have been an obsession for writers, bloggers, and entrepreneurs. Tim Ferris wrote an entire book (Tools of Titans, see my recommended list here) that explored the concept. I too, became caught up in the spirit of productivity and tried … Continue reading My Morning Routine Begins with Gratitude

Yes, Read the Comments Section

My newest TED talk was delivered in May 2017 in Bend, Oregon. While the eyebrow-raising title ("Yes, Read the Comments Section") might make some feel uncomfortable because of their personal experiences, I believe it is important to wade into the waters of the unknown in order to make connections with those of different beliefs. At … Continue reading Yes, Read the Comments Section