There is so much to be said about knowing yourself. What do you care about? What interests you? What are your talents? What makes your heart skip a beat? Knowing and honoring your authentic self sets you up for a lifetime of fulfillment and helps you steer away from pain. John Mellencamp says, … [Read more...] about Appreciating the Value of Knowing Yourself
The teddy bear cholla sure sounds cuddly, but don’t let it fool you. The spines on these prolific desert plants are often barbed, like a little fishhook. The cactus itself grows in a collection of smaller pieces. The pieces easily disconnect from the main stem and their needles are designed to catch … [Read more...] about Letters We Will Never Send
Kyle Maynard and his long-time friend and business partner, Joey Leonardo, know all about failure. Before becoming world-class mountaineers, they weren’t even campers. “We didn’t know how to put up a tent,” said Leonardo. Today, they have over-the-top memories of viewing the world from some of … [Read more...] about Encouraging Yourself: Can You Go Three More Feet?
When comedic writer/actor Carl Reiner died at the age of 98 on June 29, I imagine those of us who were raised on his wit couldn’t help but to crack a smile in quiet remembrance and appreciation. Reiner joined American families in their living rooms in the 1960s as the creator of “The Dick Van Dyke … [Read more...] about Staying Hungry, Laughing Loudly, Being Too Busy to Die
Knowledge is power. And knowing yourself, your strengths and weaknesses, is critical when embarking on a career path, climbing a mountain, choosing a friend and needing a go-to answer in an interview process in which that annoying question about your strengths and weaknesses is still asked. What you … [Read more...] about Know Yourself: Honor Your Heritage, Embrace Your Environment
My mom once told me, “Nature’s laws are God’s laws, and they must be followed.” In her wisdom, she recognized the need to respect and adhere to the forces that aren’t going to change one iota – like gravity. One of my favorites is balance. This Law of Nature is demonstrated everywhere in the … [Read more...] about When Bad People Happen to Good Jobs
Walking through a building of scientists one day, I noticed a sign taped to a door that reminded me of a handmade “Keep Out” message hanging from a child’s treehouse. The words said something about “Writing Time” and “Please Do Not Disturb.” At first glance, the sign felt harsh and almost rude, … [Read more...] about Are You Hiding in the Conference Room with Noise-Canceling Headphones?
Jessica Watkins is a 31-year-old, unassuming, small-framed geologist with an easy smile and former member of a Division I national champion rugby team. She is many things, including an astronaut-in-training, but she’s not a pilot…yet. When NASA selected her from a field of 1,800 applicants to be … [Read more...] about Over the Moon with Soft Skills
Many of us consider the stroke of midnight into the New Year to be some sort of magical reset button that comes with snow flurries and a kiss. I happen to be one of them. However, turning that magical moment into everyday life usually takes a little more than fairy dust, like a bold decision, … [Read more...] about Bringing Your 2020 Vision into Focus
If you’ve ever gone to lunch with someone who couldn’t decide what to order, you know the pain of indecision. While you, everyone else at the table and the server are quietly on standby, that individual is thoughtfully considering whether it’s a quinoa-bowl kind of day or a full-on loaded burger … [Read more...] about Leaders Don’t Waffle When Waffles aren’t the Right Decision