East African Students Receive First Print Release of
Aug
20

East African Students Receive First Print Release of "Doing Work That Matters"

Check out photos from Kampala, Uganda

It brings me great joy to share that the first physical copies of my book, Doing Work That Matters were distributed to 100 university students in Uganda and Rwanda this week.

The books were paired with a leadership curriculum for African students from These Numbers Have Faces, the organization I founded in 2008...

Continue Reading
Why “Grit” Is The Real Key To Success
Aug
14

Why “Grit” Is The Real Key To Success

If you don’t have it, you need to find it

Each summer, about twelve hundred young American men and women arrive at the United States Military Academy at West Point to begin four years of study. But before any of them sees a classroom, they go through seven weeks of Cadet Basic Training. By the time the summer ends, 1 in 20 of these talented, dedicated young adults will drop out...


Continue Reading
How To Survive and Thrive In Your Twenties
Aug
06

How To Survive and Thrive In Your Twenties

An interview with Paul Angone from All Groan Up

I'm privileged to feature an interview with my longtime friend Paul Angone. Paul and I met in college and it's been incredible to see him grow into a world-class writer, speaker, and thought leader. Paul is the author of the critically acclaimed book, 101 Secrets For Your Twenties and he answers a few questions below...



Continue Reading
4 Reasons For Optimism In Today’s World
Jul
23

4 Reasons For Optimism In Today’s World

And why NOW is the time to do something awesome


There is a lot of bad news out there. If you turn on the TV, the stories on the news describe grim economic times, a world at war, the breakdown of society, and a pending zombie apocalypse.

This type of news messes with our belief systems. More than anything it makes us afraid. Unless bomb shelters count, scared people don’t create much. They don’t create because they are pre-occupied with protecting what is closest to them. This is basic human nature...


Continue Reading
Why You Don't Have To Be Radical, Just A Little Different
Jun
25

Why You Don't Have To Be Radical, Just A Little Different

The myth of blazing your own path

Invisible Trails - by James A. Pearson

Follow the invisible paths
Walk upon the high places
The sides of mountains
The edges of planters along the road
And when the trail gets too narrow to walk
Keep your knees bent
And your feet light
And your eyes on what calls you
And dance along its dangers

I love this poem...
Continue Reading
The Simple Step To Become A Remarkably Likeable Person
May
07

The Simple Step To Become A Remarkably Likeable Person

Why You Need To Stop Talking and Start Asking

I recently met a local Portland politician for lunch whom I’ve respected for a long time. I went into the meeting planning on asking him about his political career and to get some tips on a few communication questions I had. Basically, I was planning on talking about him for an hour.

Then something incredible happened...
Continue Reading
How I Flunked My 10-Year Reunion
Apr
03

How I Flunked My 10-Year Reunion

...and why I'm happy I did

I recently attended my 10-year high school reunion and couldn't believe just how much I’d forgotten over the last decade. I consider myself a very intentional person, but I was blown away by how many names, people, and events had completely slipped my mind.

One event that baffled me to no end was when I found out I had wronged someone I cared about in the fall of my junior year. Apparently, I didn't stand up for her when I should have, which hurt this person’s feelings because she considered me a friend. My lack of conviction made a lasting impression on her...


Continue Reading
Why Comparing Yourself To Others Will Ruin You
Feb
18

Why Comparing Yourself To Others Will Ruin You

"Comparison is the thief of joy." - Teddy Roosevelt

Every so often, I’ll get an email from someone that goes like this:

“Wow, I’ve seen you’ve been doing X, Y, and Z. Awesome. Have you ever heard of blank organization or blank writer? They basically do the same thing you do and are really successful. Maybe you can learn from them?"


When I’m at my best, I can learn something from them. But more often than not, every time I read that email, I just feel horrible about myself.

I feel terrible because I start comparing the beginning of my journey with another person’s middle or end. I compare another person’s best attribute to my very worst...


Continue Reading
People Aren’t Thinking About You
Feb
04

People Aren’t Thinking About You

Using the narcissism of others to your advantage

There is a funny cartoon of a group of people mingling at a party. Above each of their heads is a thought bubble that reads, “I wonder what they are thinking of me?”

This silly cartoon sheds light on the fact that, for the most part, people aren’t thinking about you. They are thinking about themselves.

This is frustrating, but it should also be liberating...

Continue Reading
Don’t Just Hum The Songs - Live The Story
Jan
01

Don’t Just Hum The Songs - Live The Story

Why Les Misérables Should Shape Your 2013

For as long as I can remember, my family has gone to see a movie on Christmas day. Normally we debate on which film to see, but this year, it was unanimous - Les Misérables.

Despite Russell Crowe’s subpar vocal abilities, I loved the film. But as it ended and lights went up, I was taken aback by just how many people were crying in the theatre. It was something I’d never seen before.

A few days later, this video hit the internet of a young man filming his parents in the car on their way home after the film...

Continue Reading

About Justin

I believe ordinary people have great power to impact others. I want to help you do work that matters. Learn More

Get My New Book

Download Doing Work That Matters for FREE! PICK IT UP HERE