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…

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The Grind 55: Living On Purpose

Even when we know it’s right, commitment can be scary. I hope you had a fantastic holiday weekend. I love the vibe during Easter / Passover weekend. I find myself thinking about greatness and how one leaves a mark on humanity worthy of remembrance.  Not that one should do something great in order to be…

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The Grind 54: Coming to Terms

There must be something in the air… I wouldn’t quite call it a crossroads, but I’m definitely on the verge of something big… personally. I can tell because it’s been hard to get my focus away from how I’m living my life.  Things like how much sleep I’m getting, what I’m eating, how much I’m…

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The Grind 53: Mood Follows Action

Change is a big damn deal. I met up with a friend last week who I hadn’t seen in a while. He reads the newsletter, and last week I shared my sadness about the untimely death of Nipsey Hussle. But even prior to that, I’ve been pretty open with y’all on The Grind. It’s just…

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The Grind 52: The Marathon Continues

When will you realize you aren’t here forever? I had a fun April Fools joke planned for today’s note. That shit is cancelled. Nipsey Hussle was just shot and killed. I’m listening to his triumphant album, Victory Lap, track number 4 “Young Nigga” on repeat. “Staring in the space that you fishing for a phrase…

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The Grind 51: Innovation Is Lonely, Get Used To It

It’s Not Your Fault, But It’s Your Responsibility Note: This week’s edition is a little heady. I had a bit of a rollercoaster week energetically, and really wasn’t sure where I was going to land. I like where I did, but it’s heady. So apologies if it goes over yours, I’m definitely not trying to.…

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The Grind 50: There Are Always Tradeoffs

Thank you. Before I dig in for the week, I just want to thank you for subscribing to my weekly notes and for those of you who have reached out directly afterwards, a special thanks. I didn’t know when I started back writing how important The Grind would become in my life, but you are…

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The Grind 49: Reflect and Integrate

Slow down. Better yet, stop. Sunday morning I woke up and felt like I had a hangover. Only thing was, I didn’t have a drop of alcohol the night before. I haven’t had any for almost four months. I felt that way because my body is tired to the bone. I came into this year…

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The Grind 48: Deepening The WHY

There are worse things. Last week was one of the most transformational weeks of my entire life. My first son is, undoubtedly, the catalyst for the person I have become over the last twenty years. It was his existence that drove me to get real with myself, become self-disciplined and make real progress in my…

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The Grind 47: The Leverage Gained By Letting Go

In between expectation and reality… is grief I’ve been thinking a lot about leverage lately Why does leverage matter? Because it is the thing that most determines which source of power will win in a given scenario. Power can be measured by its works. And those works are not entirely physical. There is of course,…

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The Grind 46: In Love With An Idea

When I first started thinking about how to inspire people about entrepreneurship via social enterprise, I was lucky enough to be at the Nashville Entrepreneur Center, where the Social Enterprise Alliance was headquartered. It was 2015, and that January, the Social Enterprise Alliance had named its new CEO, Jim Schorr. Jim had previously been a…

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The Grind 45: Narcissists Give Ego A Bad Name

Why can’t we talk about how great we are? Last Wednesday I had a moment to think about how proud I was of the choices I’ve been making lately, and how they have shown me just how much of a badass I am. I’m showing up in the world in a major way right now.…

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The Grind 44: Detours

Taking a Detour If you’re a sports fan, I hope you enjoyed Super Bowl Sunday. Kinda boring game to be honest, but it’s always nice to spend time with friends and family and watch the biggest football game of the year. 2019 is off to a bang in my world. Anything can happen, but right…