An Argument for Analog: Why You Should be Writing, Not Typing

An Argument for Analog: Why You Should be Writing, Not Typing

I spend a lot of time highlighting systems and digital tools to increase your productivity and streamline your workflow. But despite all the advances in technology, I’m still an advocate for putting pen to paper and utilizing non-digital systems. Manual note-taking is stickier; I often find that I remember appointments and ideas much more accurately […]

What’s Your Personality Type?

What’s Your Personality Type?

As I mentioned in my previous post, I love quizzes and assessments. I love gaining insight into who I am, where my strengths are, and how I can improve. Of all the tests I’ve ever taken, my favorite by far is the 16 Personalities test. The framework focuses on 4 key aspects of our personalities: […]

The 3 Most Important Organs for Career Success

The 3 Most Important Organs for Career Success

Many of us strive to take better care of our bodies. We try to eat healthier, stay active, and get enough sleep. We’re told to listen to our bodies and treat them like a temple. While your everyday goals may focus on slimming your waistline or increasing your muscle mass, when it comes to your […]

The Power of Planning

The Power of Planning

There’s a reason that most road trips begin with a map, college courses have syllabi, and businesses create forecasts: It’s hard to succeed without a plan. If you don’t know where you’re going, how do you expect to get there? And while so many of us have goals and aspirations, many of us don’t have […]

7 Ways to Improve Your Public Speaking

7 Ways to Improve Your Public Speaking

 One of the easiest and most effective ways for establishing your personal brand is through public appearances. When you get in front of an audience, whether it’s an auditorium full of people or just a handful of co-workers, you have the opportunity to convey your brand message and make a positive impression. I understand […]

Standing Out By Stepping Up

Standing Out By Stepping Up

My wife works in finance and has been very successful in climbing the corporate ladder. She’s high in the chain of command and if you were an entry-level employee at the company, she’s someone you’d want to know and learn from. She recently gave a presentation to the company’s incoming interns. Of the hundreds of […]

Building Your Tribe

Building Your Tribe

I’ve spent the last couple weeks speaking at writing conferences around the country which, while tiring, gives me the opportunity to spend time with my primary tribe: publishing people. The time spent with authors, literary agents, editors, and most importantly, readers, are some of the nicest, most supportive people I’ve met and spending time with […]

On Going Slow and Getting Passed

On Going Slow and Getting Passed

Nearly a decade ago, I started competing in triathlons. I had never run more than a mile without stopping, I was a cautious cyclist who never felt 100% comfortable on 2 wheels, and although I was a strong swimmer by triathlete standards, I still resided in the slow lane at swim practice. But I wanted […]