“There is a saying in the Tibetan scriptures: “Knowledge must be burned, hammered, and beaten like pure gold. Then one can wear it as an ornament.” So when you receive spiritual instruction from the hands of another, you do not take it uncritically, but you burn it, you hammer it, you beat it, until the bright, dignified color of gold appears. Then you craft … Read More Being Skeptically Open
Thanks for attending my DC Start-Up Week Presentation. >>> Here is a copy of the presentation. Staying connected. First – Email me directly to enter the raffle for my book, Applied Flow: Stop Burnout. Be Awesome. Please note: I will NOT be adding you to my email newsletter – because I get WAY too many newsletters and imagine you do to. I might send … Read More DC Start-Up Week 2020
Love him or hate him, Tony Robbins knows how to put on a show. I recently watched, well more like participated in, a 5-day challenge he hosted and found myself fascinated not only by WHAT he said but HOW he said it. He Executes Really Really Well. Many of these concepts, we all may know – but probably aren’t DOING as well as he … Read More 6 Things Tony Robbins Does In His Virtual Workshop That Are 100% Worth Copying
I first heard the term “micro-moments” from Arianna Huffington a few months back during Power to Fly’s 2020 Diversity Summit. It immediately reminded me of how companies like, SYPartners use “micro-actions” to mitigate “micro-aggressions.” When Less is More As an entrepreneur and process geek, I’m always looking for the minimal viable product, i.e. the MVP, the smallest iteration that will move the ball forward. … Read More “An I for an I” – Separating Intention and Impact.
In 2018, I was wrapping up a project with Howard University alumni. It was my first time working with a group from the HBU and I was impressed. In was also the same summer that Black Panther hit theaters. Full disclosure, I was the “president” of Haverford’s comic book club my senior year, which I’ll admit was the best gig ever. So it’s not … Read More Tribute
There are a lot of reasons why the job hunt drains us of energy and in worse case situations lead to burnout. The FLOW LIST from – Mihaly Csikszentmihalyis research – creates flow. It can also identify what blocks flow. For example: Lack of Clarity. A lot of job seekers are not clear on what exactly the role they want is. The clearer you … Read More Job Hunting Flow
In Chapter 6, the Shape of Emotions, I wrote about 5 Flow Personality types I found that people gravitate towards. Why Your Flow Shape Matters Understanding our Flow Personality can give us a quick intuitive snapshot into the hidden assumptions that may be blocking our flow, collectively and as individuals. It is especially useful for identifying friction points and misunderstandings – and help us … Read More Your Flow Personality
Let’s unpack the word, “exclusive” We tend to think exclusive = special. Like diamonds. Except as you probably know diamonds are valuable because of manufactured scarcity, (see also De beers cartel). Exclusivity is a marketing tools — used to create a feeling of excitement and/or a false sense of importance to train us to spend money. We all want to matter, to feel important — the funny … Read More Exclusive
“When the dust settles, I wonder if I will actually change?” A non-black POC friend recently mused on Facebook. After weeks of emotionally charged posts about the marches and protests – this time feels different, but then it always does. Another friend, a black designer, admitted she is less hopeful. “I’m tired. I’ve been here so many times, I can’t get my hopes up.” … Read More 5 Habits for an Anti-Racist New Normal
I’ve been walking a lot more since “quarantine”, partly because dog parks are closed, I need to exercise, and get out of the house. On one of my recent walks, I had a small pebble in my shoe. It was only slightly uncomfortable so I didn’t bother with it. Not surprisingly, I got a blister and have been dealing with the annoyance for the … Read More Pebble in the Shoe
One of the ways I access and practice EQ/Mindfulness is through a regular yoga and meditation* practice. Obviously, doing yoga in a studio under the guidance of an instructor – is great. Sharing energy and community has benefits for the relational nature of our brains, that neuroscience is starting to document. I suspect you can probably feel it – without needing MRIs to document … Read More Free Yoga
After a few months of searching (for a job, new client, date/love), have you ever felt, thought or said, “there are just nothing out there” – no good job, clients, dates, etc. That’s totally normal* I struggle sometimes with “mindfulness” and the woo-woo-iness of it all. My dad’s in construction, and at heart, I’m a bit skeptical of the woo. Recently, however, I came … Read More Mindful Job Hunting.