Should you compare yourself to others when making important decisions?

  Should you compare yourself to others when making important decisions? “I would start a blog about weight loss, but other people know more about it than me.” “I would create a walking tour of my city, but other people are already doing them.” “I would start my own business, but I know people who’ve [...]

The Death of Meaningful Work

I woke up in a slight panic at 3 am this morning. The questions running through my head were, “Has this down economy scared everyone so much that they’re abandoning their dream of doing meaningful work? Are we witnessing the slow death of meaningful work?” I know that seems alarmist (as do most thoughts at [...]

Putting Your Dreams on Hold

Please read this blog post by Matt Cheuvront the next time you say something along the lines of, “Yeah, but, you have to be realistic!” Dare to be Bold *~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~* Image: graur razvan ionut /

What’s the Antidote to Boredom and Apathy?

Have you written down what you want to experience and/or achieve with the time you have left? I met with a 16-year-old last week who mentioned that she has a bucket list! At 16 !!! Some people might feel a bucket list is a bit pessimistic (since it’s acknowledging your eventual death) but I think [...]

Winning at the Values and Lifestyle Game

Here we go with the 4th installment of Jeff’s Wisdom: Do you dislike your career or do you dislike the place you’re doing it at? For me, it was only the latter. And maybe that’s true for others. Sometimes its hard to separate the two. Even if I someday get tired of my position, I [...]

Apathy: The Antidote to Procrastination

I hear an awful lot of people talk about how they would be more successful if they didn’t procrastinate. That’s undoubtedly true. I often get asked how to overcome procrastination.  Pretty tricky, actually. But I think I’ve finally come up with the perfect antidote to procrastination:  apathy. Let’s face it – if you don’t care [...]

Top 10 “Musts” for Preparing to Make the Leap to Perfect Work

Yes, it’s true. I consider myself to be some who was able to “escape professional misery!” I had professional jobs that paid really well, but I wasn’t happy. Before I was able to make the leap to work I love, there were a few things I had to figure out. And so will you… 1) [...]

Does Money Make You Stupid?

Have you ever stopped to think about just how many of your decisions are based on financial considerations? Here’s a quick experiment:  spend one day noticing how often you make a choice after considering how much it would cost, save or make you… Why does this matter? Well, I’ll go out on a limb and [...]

Dust Bunny Dreams

It’s a beautiful, warm, and sunny pre-spring day in Portland, OR I fling open my doors and windows to encourage the cleansing breeze. Like a really bad horror movie, I turn in slow motion, just-in-time to see… The world’s largest tumbleweed of a dust bunny come rolling out from underneath my beautifully handcarved Hope Chest. The symbolism [...]


Have you seen the movie “Up in the Air” with George Clooney? It touched me on a very deep level since it’s all about a man who fires people for a living. Listen here for a quick two minute story – inspired by a scene in the movie – about earning respect through the work [...]