Why I Strive To Be As Narrow Minded As Possible
Nov
15

Why I Strive To Be As Narrow Minded As Possible

A laser focus is the best kind of focus

The people, companies, brands, and organizations I respect most have one unique thing in common: A laser focus.

I believe a laser focus enables people to be less stressed and make better decisions about their work. And when they’re less stressed and make better decisions, they produce better results.

If you have the privilege of living in California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, or Texas, you have access to something magical. Something the rest of America is dying to get their hands on. And no, it’s not the sunshine. It’s a special little restaurant called In-N-Out Burger.

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01

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Part field guide, part art piece, Doing Work That Matters is a behind-the-scenes survival guide to changing the world.

In 2008, with zero business skills, I started a global education nonprofit from the couch of my apartment. Doing Work That Matters features the ideas, philosophies, and practical insights that I wish I knew way back then...


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9 Important Tips for Sometimes Writers
Jul
02

9 Important Tips for Sometimes Writers

How to make the most out of a part-time passion

When I finally decided to get serious about writing I scoured the interwebs and talked to as many real writers as possible for the best tricks of the trade. I knew that if I could gather as much advice as possible and build a system that was personalized just for me, I’d be successful.

Below are the top nine tips, ideas, and concepts that have helped me get going, complete projects, build a writing structure, and keep momentum...

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Instagramming Ourselves To Death
Jun
12

Instagramming Ourselves To Death

Cultivating the art of Mobile Mindfulness

I could theorize and offer scientific evidence all day long. I can give you source after source, anecdote after anecdote on why our obsession with our phones is killing us.

But here's the real truth:

Your fixation with your phone is killing your ability to do work that matters.

While your phone harbors many tools for good, when you get caught in its tractor beam, you’re in for a swamp of time sucking molasses.

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Your Worry Is An Act of Rebellion
Mar
29

Your Worry Is An Act of Rebellion

Your first leg up off of rock bottom

My 2014 hasn’t exactly gone as planned. The company I founded, These Numbers Have Faces, went through stages of great growth last year, but the maintenance of it all has been really challenging.

For months I’ve been waking up in the middle of the night drenched in sweat. My anxiety has come roaring back and all the while, there are hundreds of talented students on the waiting list to join our programs in Africa.

To top it off, my wife and I are expecting our first child in only a few weeks time. We’re thrilled of course, but the future is downright scary...


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Five Reasons Why 2015 Was The Best Year Ever For Humanity
Dec
29

Five Reasons Why 2015 Was The Best Year Ever For Humanity

Don’t Give In To The Dark Side

Lately, after feeding my daughter breakfast, I’ll look out my living room window and think, “Is the world I live in safe anymore?” Raising a tiny human adds extra weight to the answer.

With the horrific attacks in Paris, the millions of refugees fleeing Syria, economic uncertainty, and the shocking number of mass shootings in America, it’s easy to feel paralyzed with fear.

Then you throw in an upcoming presidential election and a 24-hour news cycle, and things start feeling really crazy...


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Calm In The Storm: How I Found Happiness In An Unexpected Place
Dec
02

Calm In The Storm: How I Found Happiness In An Unexpected Place

It’s one of those days where everything sucks.

Portland has hit freezing temperatures all week. I’m scraping ice off my windshield, trying to warm up with reheated, 3 day-old coffee. The holiday season has barely begun and already, I’m hit with a tidal wave of work and stress.

I’m in my car, driving and beyond pissed. Anxiety, fear, fatigue, hunger...


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How An 84-Year-Old Scientist Schooled Me On The Art of Success
Nov
06

How An 84-Year-Old Scientist Schooled Me On The Art of Success

A long obedience in the same direction

I know nothing about physics. My science journey ended in high school after a generous B minus in Chemistry my junior year.

But I was fascinated last week to read the story of Nobel Prize winning physicist, Peter Higgs.

Nearly five decades ago, a young Peter Higgs theorized that there was a particle that acts as the building blocks of the universe. He believed that a subatomic particle must exist that made matter clump together to form everything around us today...


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How To Fight The Good Fight Your Entire Life
Feb
24

How To Fight The Good Fight Your Entire Life

In doing work that matters, longevity is the ultimate goal

I'm not the hardest working person in my industry, not even close. I don't get up at 5:00am to bike 30 miles. I don't drink wheatgrass everyday. I don’t put in 60 hours a week at the office.

I’m ambitious, sure, but my goal isn't to be the best, or even the most successful. My goal is to have staying power. Through rain, sleet, and snow, I aim to outlast everyone.

In doing work that matters, longevity is the ultimate aspiration. Because it is in decades of work that you’ll have the most impact...


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How To Improve Your Confidence In One Easy Step
Sep
03

How To Improve Your Confidence In One Easy Step

The simple tip with a big impact

I’ll confess: I struggle with my confidence. Perhaps you can relate.

As someone leading an organization with a large vision, being confident in the way I share our story and raise support is a crucial piece to my work. But after all these years, it’s still a daily battle...


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