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 7: Breaking Through Limited Thinking

When my partner Vic and I decided to go all in (ie. full time) at Jumpstart Foundry a year and a half ago, we knew that we were not going to do what we had done for the previous five years. There was much to have learned from running one of the first accelerators in…

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The Grind 6: Entrepreneurship Can Be Taught

I watched The Big Short (finally) on Friday evening with my wife, Rachel. I had read the book and just hadn’t been able to find the time in 2015 to see many movies in the theatres besides Star Wars, which my boys forced me to see on opening night with all the initiated, most of…

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The Grind 5: The Primary Purpose of Leadership

To those of you for whom today is the sacred day of Easter, I wish you a very Happy Easter. For the rest of you, I hope you are enjoying a wonderful weekend. When people ask me what I do, I usually tell them I’m an entrepreneur. But in truth, what I am is a…

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The Grind 4: Doubt is a Tireless Foe

Doubt is a tireless foe. There are so many reasons that our minds can conjure up to drive us to inaction. All humans are subject to bias. Recognizing this, consistently, can help us better manage our relationships with others as well as be more effective in business with others. But what about the biases within…

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The Grind 3: Crossing The Valley Of Death

You have to have a purpose to sustain the process of getting a business off the ground, because it’s really too hard to walk through the valley of death without something bigger than the money driving you. In episode 4 of Create + Orchestrate I shared my keys for success, with purpose being one of…

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The Grind 2: Ambitious, Creative Rebels

At the time I’m writing this, it’s Friday, 5:44 PM CST, and I’m tired. You are reading it on Sunday (or someday shortly after) and in a different space. But you know how I feel. You’ve been grinding at a level you previously have never reached, and it stretches you. Your body, and more importantly…

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The Grind 1 The Beginning

The launch of something is always so exciting. You know that feeling of finally sharing something you’ve kept bottled up for months (sometimes years) that says “Here’s what I’ve been working on!!!”. And then for 24 hours the congrats and high fives roll in, and then 24 hours later a few more people hear about…