Don’t Break the Chain: The Value of Persistence

I began playing organized basketball at the age of six. By the age of ten, I was playing year-round for various travel teams in various leagues, almost always in the age bracket above mine. There was never an offseason. Camps, practices, summer leagues, fall leagues, spring leagues, open gyms – I did it all. When […]

10 Books That Are as Valuable as an MBA

You can’t learn everything in school. In fact, many of the greatest lessons are found outside of the classroom. As someone that went to graduate school (twice) and did get an MBA, I will not diminish it by saying that reading some books is the equivalent of completing a postgraduate degree. It’s not. I learned a […]

Workaholism Is Overrated

“My old man worked hard. All they did was give him more work.” — Larry Wilson, Weekend at Bernie’s There are people that take pride in being the last one at work, their car always in the parking lot, their light the only one on in an otherwise pitch-black office. Their career is their life. They’re […]

Life Lessons I Learned While Working Manual Labor

I lead a sedentary lifestyle. I work in an office and I read and write in my spare time. The most non-sitting that occurs in my day is my nightly routine of doing the dishes, where my six-foot-three frame has to stoop just to reach the bottom of the sink. This general lack of movement […]

I’m Happy For You! (But I’m Jealous Too)

Recently, I learned that someone close to me had received a promotion. A big promotion. They would now be doing a job that is reserved for very few people in the world. It meant plenty of perks and tons of responsibilities. It was one of those jobs that comes with a press release.

My Very Best Writing from 2017

It’s been an interesting year for all of us, but for me, this was even more true.