So you think this 'going out on your own' stuff is scary huh? Feels a little insecure? Not ready to leave the steady pay check in return for 40 hours of your life per week? Not sure if you ever will be? Here's something to chew on: we humans have been freelancers and entrepreneurs forever… Read More

Stop eating cheese every time it's in front of you. Start taking your chewable Vitamin C every day. Stop going full days without dancing. Start exercising those vocal chords the way you "keep meaning to" but never get around to. Stop letting the cold be an excuse. Start really committing. Stop letting yourself get annoyed… Read More

How do hotels get more guests? Not by getting better and adding more features (i.e.; increasing their luxury level), but by being incredibly consistent in delivering service right where they're at. When people know what to expect and have the same satisfactory experience over and over again, trust is built. Consistency builds trust. And trust… Read More

I'd bet my bottom dollar that at least 2 out of 5 of your biggest problems or irritations right now are situational. As in, if you were not in that situation, they would cease to be a problem. It's easy to throw up your arms and say, "But I can't do anything about it! I… Read More

Imagine standing on a rocky beach, dressed in about 4 layers of clothing, looking out over a snowy landscape covered with a few thousand penguins, and some icebergs floating off in the background. This is my office for about a quarter of the year. It may seem a bit odd on first glance that a… Read More

We were to refer to them as La Doctora and El Ingeniero (The Doctor and The Engineer). They were my bosses, and they were criminals. Everyone in the middle-of-nowhere Mexican desert town where I lived knew the truth about them: they had embezzled a shit-ton of money from the city's water department during El Ingeniero's long… Read More

I stood there at a complete loss for words, overwhelmed by the feeling of three decades of weight lifting off my chest while simultaneously feeling a sort of warm glow just underneath my skin spread all over my body, kind of like the feeling when you're about to faint, but pleasant instead of scary. All… Read More

I know I know…everyone says in order to be a better writer you need to write more. True dat. But it's tough to write when you don't know what to write about, or what your audience wants to hear.   Maybe you don't even have an audience (no blog, no Facebook friends - boo, etc)… Read More

© Ok ok, I have no idea what you shouldn't give a shit about anymore. But I'll tell you a few things I don't give a shit about anymore and then you can chime in in the comments. I no longer give a shit about: The 'what if's' and the 'shoulds' Things not turning… Read More

© I can't say that I have a ton of time to read blogs because I try to stay off the computer if I'm not working. But some blogs (read: writers) I love so much that I think about them when they're not even near…like a good book or that movie The Grand Budapest… Read More

I consider myself rather the anti-capitalist. I don't want to earn well in order to have more stuff. I'm somewhat of a minimalist. I want to earn well so that I can do better and be better. My earning goals are almost exclusively centred around giving me the freedom of free time to be a… Read More

From a cartoon by The Oatmeal Ever get that holy-mother-of-pearl feeling in your gut when you look at how many emails are in your inbox? Yeah, me too. For a couple of years I somehow managed to hover around 2000 emails in my inbox. I know. How does that even happen? Then it sneakily climbed… Read More