"Is the noise in my head bothering you?"

The monologue that runs in our brain is loud. It’s heavy-metal loud compared to the quiet signals we get from the rest of the world. All day, every day, that noise keeps going. It’s the only voice that has seen everything we’ve seen, believes everything we believe. It’s the noise that not only criticizes every…

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Status roles

“I don’t have much, but I have more than you do…” The second episode of my podcast is out today, and it’s the result of perhaps fifty blog posts I wrote but didn’t post, because the topic is too important and it’s too nuanced for something as short as a blog post. Status roles are…

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"The Luckiest Lottery Store…"

Really? That’s the headline in the paper.   Of course, there’s no such thing as a lucky lottery store. And rational, long-term citizens never buy lottery tickets, because it’s a lousy bet. But the idea of the lucky store is precisely what someone is paying for when they buy the ticket. That this time, just…

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A changemaker’s triangle

Editor, publisher, instigator. The instigator is the author, the dreamer, the writer. She creates a screenplay, founds a non-profit, says what needs to be said. The editor curates. Picks and chooses. Amplifies the essential and deletes the rest. And the…        

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Building, breaking, fixing

We spend some of our time building things, from scratch. New ideas, new projects, new connections. Things that didn’t exist before we arrived. We spend some of our time breaking things, using them up, discovering the edges. And we spend some of our time fixing things. Customer support, maintenance, bug fixes… And most of all,…

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Quick or smart?

Your smartphone makes you quick, not smart. Every time you pick up your quickphone, you stop inventing and begin transacting instead. The flow of information and style of interaction rewards your quickness. It helps you make decisions in this moment. Which route to drive? Which restaurant to go to? Which email to respond to? Transactions…

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"I’m not selling anything"

Of course you are. You’re selling connection or forward motion. You’re selling a new way of thinking, a better place to work, a chance to make a difference. Or perhaps you’re selling possibility, generosity or sheer hard work. It might be that the selling you’re doing costs time and effort, not money, but if you’re…

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Looking for seekers (who are looking for you)

“Don’t go to the supermarket when you’re hungry.” The reason is obvious–when you’re hungry, you’re likely to buy things. The risk is that you’ll buy something you don’t need, because, of course, all that buying isn’t actually making you less hungry. The same thing is true for just about anything we seek to sell. Selling…

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Akimbo, my new podcast, launches today

Akimbo is a posture of strength and possibility. The chance to make a difference, to bend the culture. It’s at the heart of my work. Your work too. The work of making change that we’re proud of. And so, a new podcast. A different kind of podcast. No guests, no fancy production, it won’t remind…

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Born to paint?

More than a hundred billion people have ever lived. Perhaps 1,000 have been widely heralded as artistic geniuses who painted in oils. And perhaps there were another thousand genius physicists and just one Nobel-Prize winning folksinger. We sell ourselves short when we argue that there’s something magical about creative work, something that can only happen…

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