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Charles Scott

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Follow the Crowd

(0) Comments | Posted June 17, 2013 | 10:55 AM

MIT professor Eric von Hippel calls it "the biggest paradigm shift in innovation since the industrial revolution." And do you know who is responsible? Not a government research lab or Nobel Prize winner or the head of a global corporation. It's you. By "you," I mean you, the person reading...

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Single Dad for Six Months

(3) Comments | Posted March 4, 2013 | 11:22 AM

My wife recently served for six months in the United Nations Support Mission to Libya while I stayed behind in New York City taking care of our two children, ages 11 and 5. Being a single dad was a challenge. I was sometimes lonely, regularly exhausted and often wished my...

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15 Yoga Classes in 5 Days

(3) Comments | Posted November 29, 2012 | 1:15 PM

The idea to attend 15 yoga classes in five days came to me when I had to miss one of my regular twice-weekly yoga sessions. As I looked at my instructor's schedule to find a make-up class, I noticed he taught 15 classes between Monday and Friday. I had the...

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Racing an Ironman Blind: Charlie Plaskon

(16) Comments | Posted September 6, 2012 | 8:06 AM

Competing in an Ironman triathlon is a challenge. But imagine doing the race without being able to see. Charlie Plaskon, 69 years old and legally blind since birth, has completed eight Ironman races. His most recent was last month's inaugural New York City Ironman, where I served as his guide.

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Father's Day Gift: Time

(1) Comments | Posted June 17, 2012 | 10:55 AM

In honor of Father's Day, here is a sneak peek at part of the first chapter of Rising Son, about a 67-day, 2,500-mile bicycle adventure across Japan with my 8-year-old son Sho. The book will come out in fall 2012 and is intended as a reminder of the most precious...

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Letting Go

(41) Comments | Posted May 4, 2012 | 7:50 AM

Two of my friends were laid off recently. One was taken by surprise; the other knew several months in advance that his job would be eliminated. But both had the transition foisted on them. Their experiences reminded me of my own struggles with one of the most difficult and useful...

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"Grow, Baby, Grow!"

(17) Comments | Posted March 21, 2012 | 5:07 PM

Are you a greedy Once-ler or a tree-hugging Lorax? If you spend too much time listening to hyper partisan politicians and talk radio, you might think those are mutually exclusive options. They aren't, of course. Take a deep breath, briefly let go of your affiliation with whatever political party claims...

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Serving As A Marathon Guide

(0) Comments | Posted November 13, 2011 | 8:17 AM

In my last post, I wrote about Dan Berlin. Throughout his 30s, Dan lost much of his ability to see due to a medical condition called macular degeneration. And then what did he do? He decided to become a marathoner. On Sunday, Nov. 6, I served as his...

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Overcoming Obstacles With 'No Excuses'

(0) Comments | Posted October 27, 2011 | 2:56 PM

Would you take the risk of leaving a stable job to work for yourself? How about signing up for a marathon when you've never come close to running 26.2 miles before? Intimidating propositions for anyone, but imagine making these decisions after losing much of your sight. Dan Berlin did, and...

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Moving Planet

(1) Comments | Posted October 7, 2011 | 3:30 PM

Something remarkable is happening around the world. On September 24th, 2011 tens of thousands of people joined 2000 marches and rallies in over 175 countries to call for a move beyond fossil fuels. The event, called "Moving Planet," was organized by the environmental group

My ten-year-old son, four-year-old...

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46 Days Of Cycling Through Iceland. With Kids.

(1) Comments | Posted September 22, 2011 | 11:55 AM

"Are you crazy?"

I often got this reaction while cycling 1,500 miles across Iceland with my 10-year-old son Sho and 4-year-old daughter Saya to raise money for a United Nations environmental campaign. Sho pedaled behind me on a connected trailer cycle, and Saya sat snugly behind him strapped in a...

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From Intel to Iceland

(2) Comments | Posted June 29, 2011 | 6:40 PM

I just left a 14-year career at Intel Corporation to ride bikes around Iceland with my wife and two children. I didn't make this decision on a whim. Three years ago -- when my kids were seven and two -- I decided to review how I prioritized my time.

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