Summer Snowballs: Make Your Bed

Despite the title and cover photo, this post is about momentum. Momentum is built by accomplishing tasks consistently. Last week we talked about how the snowball effect can help accomplish some of the biggest goals of our lives. Using the momentum of completing the smaller tasks to build toward the bigger ones ahead. Today we’re […]

Summer Snowballs

This week I’m starting a four-week, end-of-summer series about a powerful but mysteriously hard to quantify force: Momentum. The simple science definition of momentum is force gained by motion. Momentum is a series of successful endings not beginnings. Excitement happens at the beginning. Momentum builds at the end. – Dan Rockwell So the first step to […]

Chief of Staff

After his stint as Jack Bauer on the TV show 24, Kiefer Sutherland moved on to be Tom Kirkman, the shy, reserved, nonviolent Secretary of Housing and Urban Development on the show Designated Survivor which aired this spring. In the show, the Capitol building is attacked during the State of the Union and it’s up […]


“The Second Day of July 1776, will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America.” John Adams writes to his wife Abigail on this day, July 3, 1776. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the […]

A Priority

“What are your top three priorities for today?” the boss asks. Emails, meetings, and moving that stuck project forward all dance through our head. But we rarely stop to think that having many priorities is somewhat of an oxymoron. How can everything be the most important? The English word came from Old French “priorite”, which […]


In February 1914, a massive British and French fleet appears off the coast of Istanbul (Constantinople). Sitting between Europe and Asia at the entrance to the narrow Strait of Bosporus, it’s one of the most strategically important locations in the world. Whoever controls the strait controls access to the Black Sea – and all of […]

Five Frogs

There are five frogs on a log, the old riddle goes. One of them decides to jump! How many frogs are left on the log? Five. Because deciding to jump is not the same thing as jumping.   Extra Credit.

Three Rings

Katie and I went to the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus last weekend and I was reminded of why they call it a three-ring circus. The idea is to have three rings of simultaneous action. The fire-breathers in ring one, the human cannonball in ring three and the lion-tamer stealing the show in […]

Coin Flip

In the aftermath of the Super Bowl, I heard a lot of white noise in Atlanta about the unfairness of NFL overtime rules. A lot of us are more familiar with college football, where each team a chance from the 25-yard line. If we’re still tied after one round, everyone gets another shot until someone comes out […]

Mongolia’s Got Talent

In case you missed a recent episode of Mongolia’s Got Talent (or didn’t know the show existed), I’ve got you covered. On this semifinal show last season, Canion Shijirbat performs to what I’m sure is a hit Mongolian pop song… His art is a phenomenal combination of physical, human dance and computer graphic animation. A […]