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. 

 

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Two Worlds 24 – Martial Mindset for a Pandemic

Being on your back can be a dominant position to fight from if you know what you’re doing and don’t panic.

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Two Worlds 23 – Seeing Cycles

This is not an easy time. It’s a time of prolonged difficulty on multiple levels, and to hang in there as you are doing right now takes guts.

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Two Worlds 22: Your Voice

Can you imagine how much harder it was to create a movement fifty years ago? No email. No cell phones. No social networks. Just think about the leg work that went into gathering ten people to do anything, much less a thousand.

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Two Worlds 21: Atonement At The Abyss

This is the decision point. This is the time to act from your gut. This is your hero’s journey.

What do you stand for?

For so many right now, what holds them back is their ego. It’s useless, but it’s what they are clinging to.

Courage Empowers Us To Speak Our Truth

Two Worlds 20: Break Point

We feel weak, vulnerable, confused, and overwhelmed.

Then somehow, we realize that these feelings only lead to more of the same, and we tap into the one thing we need to make meaning of the breaking point: courage.

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Two Worlds 19: Numbers and Narrative

Beware your inclination to accept narratives of others being pushed right now.

Do your own math and write your own story. There has never been a better time in the history of humankind to do so.

The Oppressed Are Not Weak

Two Worlds 18: The Oppressed and The Weak

We heroes have to stand up for the oppressed and to the oppressors. This calling has existed as long as humans have; it is a feature of our lives, not a defect. It is part of the noble Hero’s Journey, and it raises us to higher levels of purpose, achievement, and fulfillment when we accept it.

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Two Worlds 17: 2020 is just that

Nature doesn’t care about our rationale. Now is not a time to allow others to intellectualize your instincts away.

Whether you think you own your risk or you don’t, you do.

For as much as we are bemoaning this year, 2020 is just that—clear vision. If you were in any way unclear about what mattered most, this year is correcting that for you.

BUILD. MAKE. INSPIRE. UPLIFT.

Two Worlds 16: Beyond Luck and Misfortune

When misfortune is so prevalent, of course, you have to be careful. But you still have to create, and now more than before, you have to be courageous.

Don’t just navigate these turbulent waters. Build. Make. Inspire. Uplift.

Do not concede. You have within you the ability to evolve, to adapt, and to overcome.

TWO WORLDS 15 - Remember the Upside

Two Worlds 15 – Remember The Upside

Hello Hero, The crisis is a teacher. Never wait to tell someone that you love them because you are not in control of the next time you will see them. The very thing the virus steals from those it infects is the very thing we all should return to when its impact overwhelms us—the breath.…

Two Worlds 14 - A Useful Narrative

Two Worlds 14 – A Useful Narrative

Greetings, If you celebrate Easter or Passover, I hope the weekend offered an opportunity to reflect on the spirit and how this moment we find ourselves in fits into a much bigger story. If not, I hope the weekend gave you a reprieve and a chance to collect yourself. A new week is upon us,…

Two Worlds 13: The Emperor Is Exposed

Two Worlds 13: The Emperor Is Exposed

My friend, We have arrived at a fork in the road. It’s time for the tone to change. When I moved to Nashville on Labor Day in the year 2000, with no degree, a pregnant wife and a one year old, I was able to get a job waiting tables within an hour. That job…

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…