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 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.

Whether you think you own your risk or you don't, you do

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…

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…

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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…