WRITING

Here lives all of my writing, archived. Each week I write the Two Worlds newsletter and all issues live in this section of the site. In 2016 and again in 2019, I wrote The Grind newsletter and all of those issues are here as well. Occasionally I will write specifically for the website and those posts will also live in this section. I hope you enjoy. 

 

This is our moment. Nothing will be the same after this, and we all know it

Two Worlds 12 – Yes, And

Hello hero, Yes, this is a tough time. Whether you are worried about COVID-19 or the economy or both, there are severe difficulties in front of us. And, there is incredible beauty that we are paying attention to for the first time in a long time. The beauty of our shared vulnerability, the sky without…

I’ve decided to anchor in my purpose

Two Worlds 11: Allowing Purpose To Win

Hello hero, You’re here again, for another day in the world-altering shift, that is the arrival of COVID-19. Like you, I am processing a spectrum of feelings. I am working through debates in my head. I am bracing myself. Here’s where I’ve landed. I intend to support people wherever possible. I know that given the…

The simple message for this week is to take care of yourself AND be thoughtful of others 2

Two Worlds 10: Holding Space

My friend, The rapid changes we are experiencing can only be understood if we have a sober view of the crisis we are facing. If we work together, we can minimize the damage to our world. If we do what we want as individuals, we will suffer unnecessarily. I asked my father of 83 years…

Entrepreneurship Advice

Two Worlds 9: The Collective Hero

Hello hero, 2020 huh. I’d be surprised if you don’t know I live in Nashville, TN. Many of the readers of Two Worlds do as well.

Top Entrepreneur Thought Leaders In Nashville

Two Worlds 8: Rebound

Greetings, One of the inescapable aspects of our journey is the testing of our limits. You can be sure that on your path, circumstances will arise that will ask more of you, take more from you and usually give more to you in unique ways.

Nashville PechaKucha Night

Two Worlds 7: Stay Ready, Step Up

Greetings, Last Thursday night, I was the kickoff presenter for Nashville PechaKucha Night, presented by the Nashville Civic Design Center. It was a fantastic event, there were nine presenters, and they all did a great job.

Entrepreneurs that practice mindfulness

Two Worlds 6 – The Value of Dispassion

if you engage it consistently, it will move you towards your goal Greetings, Last week I went to a meditation retreat in the mountains of Boone, North Carolina. It was a birthday gift from my wife Rachel that she thoughtfully chose after a few conversations we had about my resistance to take restorative time for…

How To Handle Hardship

Two Worlds 5 – Preparation for Trial

Hello Hero, I have a guarantee for you. You will encounter trials in your life. I have another guarantee for you. The ease with which you handle the trials you encounter will largely depend on how mentally prepared you are to handle challenging situations. As children, whether in the classroom, on the stage, or the…

BJJ Champion

Two Worlds 4 – Up To The Task

If You Want To Feel Alive Hello Hero, How do you know you’re “up to the task?” This question is at the heart of your journey, and how we address it matters deeply. If it’s a task you’ve got a lot of experience with, you’ll probably say, “I know I’m up to the task because…

How to move past your shortcomings

Two Worlds 3 – Why Me?

Before we begin, I know that yesterday was a hard day for many. It was hard for me. Sometimes life just doesn’t seem fair. Yesterday touched so many of us because Kobe Bryant dared to live the most magnificent life he possibly could have. That effort, that commitment, made his life a legendary one. Yet…

How To Help Others

Two Worlds 2: Doing For Others

Hello hero, For anyone who was wondering what happened to Two Worlds yesterday, I didn’t send it in observation of Martin Luther King Jr. day. I always find that reflecting on such an incredible human being who lived in modern times and whose life directly is partially responsible for the life I live today gives…

How To Find Your Inner Hero

Two Worlds 1: The Meaning

Hello hero, We begin by answering the most frequently asked question about this newsletter so far; “what does Two Worlds mean?” Last year I journeyed within myself, patiently and gently asking for the truth about my purpose in life. I practiced healthy, grounding habits with the idea that making space was all I could really…

The Grind 79 What To Create To Create

The Grind 79 What To Create To Create

That argument has been won already Like clockwork, my new life is starting not to seem so new. More and more, people are approaching me about my podcast and The Grind. These are becoming the things that people associate me with. Coincidentally, it’s becoming more comfortable to create podcast episodes and issues of The Grind.…

The Grind 78 Turning Plateaus into Basecamps

The Grind 78 Turning Plateaus into Basecamps

The peak is not the peak. I need to lose 15 pounds. Do those words make you feel anything? Depending on your relationship with bodyweight, maybe you felt nothing. Perhaps you felt an urge to encourage me. Maybe you were triggered in some negative way. Those six words weigh more than the 15 pounds they…

The Grind 77 All In

The Grind 77 All In

a narrative that isn’t our own When I was growing up, I was a happy kid. I had two parents in my home who loved me. They made sure I was in great schools my entire life. They kept me very busy with athletics and extracurricular activities. They surrounded me with great people to be…

The Grind 76 Overwhelmingly Creative

The Grind 76 Overwhelmingly Creative

I’m struck more every day with the miracle of life. It doesn’t have to be this good. There are many things to work on to get to” perfect,” but the world is a pretty fantastic place for more than 7.5 billion of us to work together the way we do. The journey of human conception…

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The Grind 75 System Aware

Where Freedom Can Be Found Last Thursday, I grabbed coffee with Matt Bodnar. Matt is an entrepreneur, investor, and a fantastic podcast host. I have been listening to his podcast, The Science of Success, for the last four months or so and can’t recommend it enough if you geek out on evidence-based personal growth strategies.…

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The Grind 74 Resilience and Hard Things

Something we can hide in. Movies compress months, sometimes years of experiences into two hours of entertainment. Screenwriters have to move viewers through the arc of the story in those two hours. As a society, the Hollywood story arc is a program that we follow for how we want stories to be told to us.…

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The Grind 73 The Shadow Side of Significance

They can’t help you right now Conor McGregor is the first mixed martial artist to hold UFC championship belts in two weight classes at the same time. Fans of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) are likely to have strong feelings about Conor. He’s a massive star to some, and a huge egomaniac to others. Even people…

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The Grind 72 Narrow and Deep

People are looking for the thing that only you have. We want to be touched. We want to be inspired. We want to be encouraged. We want to be nudged. The practice of engaging people via written and recorded words has taught me this. I’ve spent the last seven months slowly building the habit of…

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The Grind 71 Patience and Transformation

It digests itself. Transformation is the messy work that the dissatisfied soul yearns for. Perhaps intentional transformation is not for everyone. We transform throughout our lives regardless of whether or not we do it consciously or with intention. For some of us, that’s more than enough change. Others look at the world, then look in…

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The Grind 70: Befriending the Unknown

It will still take us. With all that we have learned as humans, there is one thing we still know very little about, and that’s death. We know it is a universal experience. It is not limited to humans. All the other animals on Earth that are born experience death. Plants experiences death. The stars…

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The Grind 69 The Great Imbalance

It’s not about good or bad. It’s about balance. Sometimes we don’t have to figure it all out. Sometimes we just have to be genuine in our desire to grow and open to receive the wisdom that will change everything for us. This week was such a time for me. I’ve been observing some dissonance…

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The Grind 68 Freshman Principles

It’s a Brave New World, Take This With You Last week I took my youngest son to his college orientation at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville(UTK). These days college orientation is often a two-day affair, happens before move-in day and includes parents. After getting him checked into the dorm where he would be staying for…