those that do, can’t teach (themselves)

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You’ve probably heard the (absolutely wrong, insulting, offensive!) adage, “Those that can’t do, teach.” As the product of teachers, the brother to teachers, cousin to teachers, and finding myself “teaching” a lot myself now with Lynda/Linkedin Learning and my work, I generally disagree with this. But something I see frequently is a strange phenomenon with people who do and help …

attitude, unnecessary risk, and 8th grade football

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I’ve written before about my varsity football record being 5-25 over three years. BUT, we were actually pretty good and mostly undefeated from grades 7-9. What I’m trying to say is, we had some dominating 14-year-old athletes. One of those athletes was our backup quarterback. He was a backup, but at that age it’s more like “second” quarterback, because he …

my greatest enemy

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I’m a very headstrong dude. When I put my mind to something…it’s going to happen. That’s probably one of my greatest strengths! And if you’ve been reading this for a while, you’ve read a couple pieces I’ve written about mindset and some of the mental challenges I run myself through on a regular basis to flex this muscle and make …

planning for the “happy path”

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In product development, you often build a solution with a specific process and set of steps in mind. The user does X, Y, and Z, and that leads to outcome A. When that process is followed as expected and nothing goes wrong, it’s called the “happy path.” Usually, the team plans for the happy path first. But the more complex …

my gym closed, and I’m upset about it

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I had a really sweet deal. By random chance, the gym I worked at while I was in college was across the street from my current apartment. When I moved in, I weaseled my way into a free membership, which I’ve enjoyed for the past couple of years. But about two months ago, the gym closed. And I’m upset about …

awesome media from January 2018

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Due to my December/holiday writing break, I haven’t shared the general link fest for a couple months. As a result, this is a heavy one! One trend I’m noticing is that I’m finding more and more value in stories from the New York Times. I don’t know if that’s due to better content, a changing of my own tastes, or …

the magic of priming

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One winter quarter my freshman year of college, I took a 7am session of Psychology 101 across campus. I distinctly remember the trudge across campus in the snow and wind, wondering why I took such an early morning class during the winter. But I loved the class, and I find myself spending more and more time digging into anthropology and …

Sitting down with Michael Giuliano, one of the most influential guys you’ve never heard of

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Over the last few months, I’ve gotten to know Michael Giuliano. Recently, we met up at the Columbus Idea Foundry and he shared some more of his story with me. We talked, got lunch, and I even showed him my favorite barbershop, Santarelli’s. You probably haven’t heard of Michael – he likes it that way. But chances are that you or …

awesome media from November

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November was an interesting month. It was my first month completely devoid of Unreal Collective group calls, and it took a while to get into the new groove. But after relaunching the website, building out the marketing plan for the next membership opportunities, and working with a few more coaching and marketing clients, I’m ready for December. I also didn’t …