Just Don’t Lose!

It’s halftime. You’re in the locker room and your coach is giving a speech. “Don’t mess this up,” he says. “Take no unnecessary risks and play it safe.” He emphasizes his conclusion, “Whatever you do, don’t lose the game!” Sounds a bit odd, right? At least on a football field it is. But isn’t this […]

A 1917 Billionaire

We live in an extraordinary time. This was never made so clear to me as it was a couple weeks ago when I read a period piece on John D. Rockefeller. The question was posed in the introduction: What is the minimum amount of money that you would be willing to accept to go back […]

The Back vs. The Bottom

This is one of the great debates in life (I say somewhat sarcastically). But let me explain… I was recently building a couple light boxes for work (3’ x 4’ tables with interior lights shining up through layers of frosted glass). I’ve finished constructing the box and wiring it up and I decide to finish […]

Engineering a Miracle (Part 2)

Two weeks ago we looked at the Miracle on the Hudson and discovered that miracles rarely “just happen”. Often, they are engineered. Captain Sullenberger said it was the 42 years of small deposits in the bank of experience, education, and training that allowed him to make such a big withdrawal on that fateful day. Today, […]


This week we interrupt your regularly scheduled blog post to bring you a short case study on perspective. If you watched the controversial ending to the Falcons vs Lions game yesterday, you probably already know where I’m going with this. The Lions are driving with less than two minutes to go. Down by four, a […]

Summer Snowballs – Turn The Flywheel

In his classic Good to Great, author and business researcher Jim Collins gives us this analogy: “Picture a huge, heavy flywheel—a massive metal disk mounted horizontally on an axle, about 30 feet in diameter, 2 feet thick, and weighing about 5,000 pounds. Now imagine that your task is to get the flywheel rotating on the […]

Summer Snowballs – Eat That Frog

In the middle of a series about momentum where we’ve explored rolling snowballs and Navy bed-making advice, today’s lesson might be the strangest yet: How to eat a frog. The essence of momentum is getting things done. In week one, Dan Rockwell reminded us that excitement happens at the beginning of new tasks but momentum […]

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 […]