A Feeling of Belonging

In my last post, I gave a few preliminary thoughts on putting down roots. Calling a place home. With the recent events in Baton Rouge — the shootings and floods — it’s been very evident that community is the cornerstone of “home-ness.” Anyone not willing to call Baton Rouge home would have skedaddled weeks ago. They would have had to settle into a new house, a new job and a new routine and, while they may have temporarily escaped tragedy, they would have missed out on something special.

A Feeling of Belonging

A Few Thoughts on Putting Down Roots

I was recently talking with one of my friends about the concept of putting down roots. Calling a place home and settling in. For a long time, I thought that idea was boring, un-adventurous and a bit too traditional for me. I had plans to see the world, move often and maybe live overseas for a year. To me, anything other than that life was giving up on the lifestyle of adventure and non-conformity that I wanted for myself.

A Few Thoughts on Putting Down Roots

Status Report: Baton Rouge Flood

Hey y'all! This blog post is less of a blog post and more of a status. If y'all are in Baton Rouge you're probably sitting in about 5 feet of water. If you're not in Baton Rouge or the surrounding area, perhapse you've heard on the news. We've been hit with an enormous amount of flooding since Thursday night. Record crests have been recorded on all local rivers, houses in non-flood-zones are in 4 feet of water and thousands of people have been displaced from their homes.

Status Report: Baton Rouge Flood

3 Steps to Serving to Your Maximum Potential

When Elon Musk was still in college, he decided that there were three industries that are of extreme importance in the survival of mankind: transportation, space and energy. If you know who Elon Musk is, you know that he is the CEO of Tesla Motors (an all-electric car company), CEO of Space X (a private space exploration company) and the Chairman of Solar City (a solar-energy company). He sunk all of his energy, resources and time into the three industries he knew would revolutionize the future and he now runs a billion-dollar company in each. 

3 Steps to Serving to Your Maximum Potential

A Step-by-Step Look at How We Created the altBR Podcast

Since I've announced the podcast, I've had people ask me what goes into getting one off the ground. I wanted to write a post detailing the process that Abe and I took and explain how we approached The altBR Podcast.

A Step-by-Step Look at How We Created the altBR Podcast

7 Steps to Taking Your Idea from Legal Pad to Launch

I think a lot of people are fearful of taking an idea and turning it into a reality. Not in the, "I'm scared to walk down that dark alley" sort of way. But simply because they're not sure where to start or how to figure out if their idea is worth pursuing. And while the topic of how to start will differ from idea to idea, whether or not it's worth pursuing is consistent across the board.

7 Steps to Taking Your Idea from Legal Pad to Launch

Here are my weaknesses — what are yours?

Part of creating a healthy life is taking a candid look at your weaknesses. Throw out your bias, let down your defenses and confront them head on. Because once you've taken inventory of your weakness, the awareness alone can help you overcome them. Often, even the simple act of acknowledging and claiming your weaknesses can lead to a happier outlook on life — not because you're happy that they're there but because you know who you are and that you're not alone.

Here are my weaknesses — what are yours?

I was so annoyed at myself...

Last weekend I attended a friend's wedding where I got to see and catch up with a lot of old friends. Of course, the classic, "how've things been going?" question inevitably started every conversation.

I was so annoyed at myself...

Why should we create?

From my blog to my books, to my upcoming podcast, to my career — a majority of what I invest my time in is creating content. And then I turn a stare into the ocean of content that bombards us every day on social media, websites and apps and realize a very stark truth: if I wasn't creating this content for myself, I'd be inclined to give up.

Why should we create?

The Negative Side Effects of Remembrance

Have you ever noticed how easy it is to sour your mood simply by remembering a particularly negative event in your mind? And how, if dwelled upon for too long, the malice, betrayal, hate, jealousness or greed that flames up upon remembrance is amplified? When it's late at night and you're lying in bed trying to fall asleep, your mind is a powerful force for unhappiness, adding ill intent where there was little more than forgetfulness and adding betrayal where there was little more than ignorance, until the memory hardly resembles truth.

The Negative Side Effects of Remembrance

The TGIF Attitude Toward Work is Outdated

In agrarian societies, much of the daylight hours were spent acquiring or creating food, water, shelter or warmth — the bare necessities. You would wake up early to go hunt or gather food for the day, or cary makeshift barrels of water from the river or tend to your crops. By the days end, it was dark and what little light you had was the glow from a camp fire or torches. Very little time was spent doing something just because you loved doing it — everything was a function of survival.

The TGIF Attitude Toward Work is Outdated

Don't Discard; Overlap

I was Face-timing with one of my best friends just the other day and we were wrestling with the idea of choosing a life path. How do we decide which passion to turn into a career? Is it based on the probability of getting rich or finding "success?" Is it based on what you're best at?

Don't Discard; Overlap

16 Reasons to Reduce Your Mobile Dependence

In recent years, our reliance on our mobile devices has skyrocketed as an increasingly large number of applications are developed. Little pieces of our life are outsourced to our smart phones in the name of efficiency and enhanced communication. But here are sixteen reasons that reduced mobile dependance can benefit your life.

16 Reasons to Reduce Your Mobile Dependence

The Importance of Creating Touchstones to Lend Perspective

I was listening to Dallas Clayton (a children's book author) tell this story about when he was stuck in a traffic jam with his son. They sat bumper to bumper for a while before finally reaching the end of the traffic jam where they noticed a bunch of police cars and an ambulance crowded around a wreck. Dallas decided to turn it into a teaching moment for his son. "You see, even though it would've been easy to get upset over all of this traffic, what we didn't realize was that our situation could be a lot worse. We're stuck in traffic but we're in an air conditioned car, we're safe and we're together."

The Importance of Creating Touchstones to Lend Perspective

Are You Asking Too Much Too Soon?

Everything around us has been engineered for immediacy — notifications, apps and fast food are all heralds of the "have it now" culture that we live in. Not that I'm complaining! I, like everyone else, enjoys having what I want in my hands within minutes or sometimes seconds. We really are living in a unique time in history.

Are You Asking Too Much Too Soon?

Obscurity is Your License to Experiment

One million views on YouTube. One hundred thousand Instagram followers. Half a million likes on Facebook. That's what so many artists covet isn't it? The recognition — the eyes on their work. To get noticed, to be praised and to be criticized because even the haters are proof that your work is getting seen. And that's what every artist hopes for. A chance to be seen.

Obscurity is Your License to Experiment

What I learned from 30+ physicians about Identity

A couple of weeks ago I was photographing physicians in their work environments. As I moved from office to O.R. to board room shooting nearly 20 physicians over the course of two days I was struck by the demeanor and the attitude that they all seemed to possess. Man, woman, old, young, black, white, experienced, inexperienced... it didn't matter. Not a single one of them was concerned about whether every hair was in place or whether their makeup was perfect or whether their clothes were wrinkled.

What I learned from 30+ physicians about Identity

Fight for what Matters & Let the Rest Go

I'm convinced that one of the greatest secrets to living harmoniously with people is choosing your battles. If the outcome of your opponent's side of the issue is either reversible, a matter of opinion or rates low on a scale of importance then it's often best to not say anything at all, smile and move on. Because living in harmony is worth the price of not getting your way every once in a while.

Fight for what Matters & Let the Rest Go

A Millennials Guide to Investing

On the whole, we humans have a tough time saving money. No surprise there. It's not natural for us to put money aside to be "enjoyed when we retire." Not only does retirement feel too far away to be a reality, it's also associated with limitations such as health risks. On top of that, depending on how set in our ways we are by that point, we might not even have the desire to enjoy traveling the world or buying the latest tech. It seems that it would be more enjoyable to spend the money now, wouldn't it?

A Millennials Guide to Investing

5 Shared Traits Among Elite Performers

Our society really likes to put labels on those who perform at levels above even the best performers. "Elite" is good but there are those who even blow that standard out of the water in nearly every field. The National Basketball Association had a whole ad campaign asking the question, "Where will you be when amazing happens?" What followed the question was a whole slough of highlights from past seasons. As a big basketball fan and a marketing guy, I watched every highlight from every game from that season because I really didn't want to miss anything amazing happening.

5 Shared Traits Among Elite Performers

5 Technologies Revolutionizing the Future

But while a few people are making headlines through acts of evil, there are armies of people who are working together toward a greater good — toward a peaceful, abundant future. We're living in an age of advancement that is both exciting and hopeful and it's good for us to dream about the possibilities. Given 10 years, technological innovations will disrupt energy, healthcare, shopping, manufacturing, exploration, transportation, communication and virtually every area of our lives. We're just on the cusp and I want to show you a few glimpses into what our future holds:

5 Technologies Revolutionizing the Future

How to Hack Your Weaknesses to Bypass Failure

Zig Ziglar, one of the world's greatest career and personal development coaches, was known for what he called, "The Wheel of Life." It was a 7-piece pie chart made up of: Career, Financial, Social, Spiritual, Family, Physical and Intellectual. According to Zig, to truly thrive you had to take care of each area of your life. If one area suffered, they all suffered.

How to Hack Your Weaknesses to Bypass Failure

The 100 Days Project — a lesson in showing up

On May first I started a project called #100DaysOfLettering in which I practice hand lettering at least once a day for 100 days straight. It's a personal project that is part of a larger movement called The 100 Days Project started by Elle Luna and The Great Discontent. The premise is simple (which is why it's so attractive).

The 100 Days Project — a lesson in showing up