Living Heroically

What does it mean to Live Heroically?      This is not a question most people think much about or ask themselves, since most of us think of “heroes” and “heroics” as referring to other people. Even “real heroes” think that way! But making this question personal by  asking ourselves: “Am I living heroically? How…

The One Thing

I was invited to speak again this year at Mark Divine’s Unbeatable Mind Academy in Carlsbad, California.   I chose to speak about The One Thing, inspired by that famous scene in the movie City Slickers, in which Curly (played by Jack Palance) holds up one finger to Billy Crystal and tells him that the meaning…

The Slap in the Face

Recently I did something I’ve never done before – I flew across country to attend a memorial service.  In this case, it was for a close friend – Tim Holden – who at the peak of health, energy and vitality (age 64) was suddenly and tragically killed in a bicycle accident. His death was a…

Ignite! Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Stanford

I just completed Stanford University’s Ignite certificate program on Entrepreneurship for Post 9-11 veterans. Thirty two of us veterans spent nearly 4 weeks together, intensely engaged in learning the theoretical and practical aspects of how to take an idea for a product or service, evaluate it, develop it, and then commercialize it to succeed as…