Why You Need to Let Your Alternate Lives Die

The first step to embracing what truly is involves letting go of what isn’t. Your could-haves and should-haves are all a myth and a lie and only exist in your own mind. There’s no such thing as what could have been. There is no such thing as what should have been. There is only what is. And when you embrace what is, you embrace your life. Once you accept what truly is, you’ll be able to be more present and more at peace.

TGIF: Why You Need a Sabbath

Ever notice how people love Fridays? Like, straight up, love them? If a song and dance were to spontaneously erupt in the office on any given day of the week, it would almost certainly happen on a Friday. People especially love Friday nights. Because on Friday night, you’ve completed your work for the week. On…

Deep Work in a Shallow World: A Book Review

Deep Work by Cal Newport, a popular blogger and professor, is one of those rare non-fiction books that communicates a deep truth (pun intended) while being so clearly self-evident you wish you’d taken the time to write it. Simple yet profound, Newport strikes at the core of what it means to be a worker in the…

TGIM! In Defense of Mondays

Has there ever been a more slandered, maligned, or loathed day than Monday? Nearly everybody universally hates this day of the week. “The weekend is here, but Monday will come soon enough,” people say with a hint of dread. It’s as though Monday were the Grim Reaper, here to rob all of the fun and…

Your Customers Want Results–Not Empathy

“I’m sorry, Mr. Diffenderfer. I understand how you feel.” Something about that last part, the “I understand how you feel” part, really ticked me off. Maybe it’s because of my experience in managing a team responsible for customer service. Maybe it’s because I’ve heard lots of customer service cliches. Maybe it’s because I’ve ready manuals…

The World Needs More Grandpa Bobs

Update: The world lost my favorite Grandpa Bob this morning (12/8/17). While he may be gone, he’s never forgotten. I’m forever blessed to be his grandson. We’ll miss you, Grandpa. When I was a kid, I was told that my Grandpa Bob didn’t like macaroni and cheese. When you’re a kid and you hear your grandpa doesn’t…

Dear Millennials: Pr*fit isn’t a Dirty Word

I attended a small, liberal arts university in east Tennessee. It truly was a magical place, where I got a quality education and built relationships with friends and professors I still have to this day. It was at this place of magic and learning that I was exposed to a wide variety of viewpoints and…