Demotivated at Work? Consider the Following

What motivates you to continue on your current path? I consider, when asking this question, the 70% of U.S. employees who are disengaged at work. Or, put another way, for 70% of Americans, their job is just a paycheck. That is problematic on a variety of levels. “When did companies decide employee engagement wasn’t important?” […]

Focus to Finish; Focus to Start

When I think about the people with whom I’ve crossed paths, two specific, general archetypes emerge regarding how people approach projects. At the risk of this sounding like a “two kinds of people” generalization, it seems to me that one can cleanly divide people into those who have trouble starting and those who have trouble […]

Happy Independence Day

Two hundred forty years. That is how long the United States has considered itself independent of Great Britain. One might say that two hundred forty years ago today marks the signing of the original Brexit, though in truth I see the two situations as too different to make the comparison. At least, it does not […]

What Is a “Realistic” Goal?

For those who read last week’s blog, you may have noticed that I marked the term “realistic” in a list of qualities a goal should have with an asterisk. Quick review, here is that list again: Specific Measurable Achievable Realistic* Timely


Goals. I talk a lot about them, and pretty much every motivational speaker, writer, and thinker that I have ever come across has said that they are absolutely essential to intentional living. They have to have certain qualities to qualify (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic*, and timely), and of course they must be our own goals […]

Mental Bandwidth

It has been a crazy couple of weeks, and it promises to be a crazy couple more. I once heard someone note that “life”—by which they essentially meant the stresses thereof—tends to happen in waves. It makes a certain intuitive sense because I don’t know that I’ve ever been in a steady state of elevated […]

No Blog This Week

There was simply too much for me to do last week, so something had to give. That happened to be this blog. Back next week.

How Statistical Analysis Can Ruin Your Life

I remember having conversations with college freshmen and college aspirants while I was teaching and tutoring in Ohio. Inevitably, the conversation would begin with what their major was. Now, I’m not one to be content with knowing simply what a person has decided to dedicate four years of their life to studying. So my first […]

What’s My Motivation?

For the past couple of days, I have been troubled with the question of “why.” “Why” is a powerful question, and a difficult question, and an important question. It’s the last question in the basic “five W’s” of journalism, and it’s the question that often takes the most space in a given article. “Why” is […]