Growing up, you are blissful unaware of the difficulties of life. You believe that you will go to college, get a job in your chosen field, get married and live in a beautiful house with a white picket fence -- that whole "American Dream" bullshit.
Compared to our pre-digital forebears, we're expected to produce torrents of writing: emails, text messages, blog posts, social media, presentations.
Taking a walk late at night has a wonderful effect on me -- on my sleep, my dreams, and my creativity. A couple of weeks ago, I walked home from our l...
Why bother writing when technology does much of the work for us? Templates plan for us, spell-check edits for us, and there's enough information online to produce a ocean of plagiarized work.
Bridget, the main character in Siobhan Adcock's novel, The Barter, faces one of life's hardest questions: what would you give to save your family? To save your life? Adcock spoke to me about the nature of sacrifice, how women barter, and the power of fairy tale.
I'm done traveling for the year, but other members of my staff are still in the field. While I regroup from 100 days in Europe, I invited my frequent ...
Alzheimers is a disease that takes the story of your life and throws the pages of memory up in the air. Many blow away. But some land right in your hands.
I am writing today for the dreamers who have stopped dreaming, whose dreams are collecting dust. I am writing for the people who have been carrying ar...
"I figured it out, Bill," my brother told me recently. "In the absence of a dictatorship, we create one." His epiphany reminded me of Daniel Pink's book Drive, which looks at the real reason people are motivated to do what they do.
There's an old joke about a man trying to sell an air conditioner at an air conditioner sales convention. Concerning this experience he had some clear-cut advice for prospective salespeople. This advice was summed up in two words: DON'T TRY!
I just finished writing and publishing my piece on online career choices, and one of the career choices that I emphasized the most was to become a wri...
Next time you write or blog, think about these more unconventional ways to make your writing come alive to help support your business:
Letting go and focusing on what really mattered -- like actually getting to the grocery store or capturing that fleeting idea I had -- didn't seem like an option. Perfectionism was the only choice, and it was so easy to agonize over every little detail that didn't measure up.
Think education isn't broken from top to bottom? What follows below is real college student writing at the first- or second-year level.
How do the events of our childhoods affect our adult passions and mold who we become? Some believe that childhood sets the stage for the trajectory of our lives. This has definitely been true for me. When I was 10, my grandmother and primary caretaker committed suicide in my family home.