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…

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The Grind 67 The Fear Behind The Anger

I’m Sorry The topic of mid life crisis has come up quite a bit in my social circles over the last six or so months. I haven’t initiated discussions on the topic because I wouldn’t call what I’m currently experiencing in life as a crisis, but the topic does make me reflect on what my…

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The Grind 66 Who's Setting Your Price?

I Just Don’t Have The Time. I’d like to continue the thread from my last writing about the importance of Creative Power in the new economy. As I mentioned in the last issue, we are in the very early phases of determining new ways to value human contributions to the economy. The massive shifts that…

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The Grind 65 Money Value Time

This is still about business… and your independence. I’d like to share my view on where I think the economy is going, and why it’s a big factor in driving me to talk so much about well-being. The majority of you who have subscribed to The Grind signed up because of my personal brand connection…

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The Grind 64 Who's Reaction Matters The Most?

You want to know how to make people mad? There is a layer of glaze in society that performs like a glue but is really a sludge. It’s the social lubricant of saying what we think people want to hear rather than using our voices in an authentic way. We have an agreement in society…

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The Grind 63 The Work Behind Inner Peace

It works, but it’s work. In April 29th’s edition (released on my blog May 27th), I went into a bit on the role that gratitude plays in helping me deal with dissatisfaction and ended that email with “Have a grateful week”. If you happen to follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably seen me share quotes…

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The Grind 62 Get on the Stage

We place too much focus on magic As you go through this week, try keeping an ear and an eye out for inner dialogue and conversations with others that start with “I can’t” and “I’m not good at”. As someone who is actively trying to lean into their strengths and find support around my weaknesses,…

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The Grind 61 Journeys and Objectives

What was true is no longer true. I’ve been doing a lot of speaking and writing lately. Speaking and writing both trigger me to think about ‘narrative’, which leads to reflection about what has transpired in my life so far, and how I’ve been transformed by it. One major theme has come up lately in…

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The Grind 60 We Are Better With A Rear View Mirror

Have we lost an understanding of freedom? I hope that you had a great three day weekend and a Happy Memorial Day. Since my oldest son recently became a Marine, I’ve developed a deeper interest in the military. Its history, its traditions and its importance. For that reason, I decided not to write this issue…

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The Grind 59 The Wisdom To Know The Difference

What are we all freaking out about? In three days my youngest son will graduate from high school. I’m so happy for him and so proud of him. I can close my eyes and vividly remember when he was a baby. When he was a little boy that I carried around my neck. Today trying…

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The Grind 58 Active Patience

The Trick Is Forgetting About The Goal… For those of you that find joy in Mother’s Day, I hope it was a wonderful one for you. For those that find it challenging, I wish you peace. I’ve had a week myself over here. Growing under constraints is a challenge I usually embrace, but I have…

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The Grind 57: The Power of Less

Being a great entrepreneur is about responsiveness, making great decisions and execution, just like being a great athlete. The habit of accepting less bullshit in our lives is transferrable in a good way.

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The Grind 56: Dealing with Dissatisfaction

We’re human, we’re not going to stop being pissed off. As we (“the societal we”) continue to understand the impact of our state of mind on our wellbeing, and subsequently our wellbeing on everything we want to accomplish in the world, we’ve put more and more focus on the kind of thoughts we need to…