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My Letter to Hillary Clinton

Dear Hillary,

I’ve been thinking about writing this letter for the better part of the last decade, but honestly never got around to it. So there I was, driving to work this morning and finding myself committing to putting my thoughts down for you today.

I know that you know the road to winning the presidential seat is not going to be an easy one, and I also know that you know that you will be faced with more criticism than you will know what to do with. So in light of that, I thought maybe you could use a little bit of a pep talk – so I could thank you for all the pep talks you’ve given me along my journey. (more…)

Lessons From Life: Sometimes, You Do Know Better Than Everyone Else

The other day, I had my first golf lesson in almost a decade. Masa, my instructor, watched with intent, asked me to do some balance tests, followed by pretending to swing a bat and tennis racket. At the end of our first 30 minute session, Masa came to the conclusion that I should probably play golf goofy. In his words, “You’ll probably be fine playing right-handed, but you’ll never be as good as if you played naturally left-handed.” (more…)

New Habits

My newest habit is commuting every day to work, after 6 years of a self-designed mix of working from home, traveling, and office. It’s an adjustment. There are also sub-habits that have to take place as a result of this new “bigger” habit. So along the lines of this new habit, I have to incorporate a slew of additional supporting habits:

  • I need to figure out how to be an evening shower person now, as opposed to taking my time in the morning or late morning after the first rush of meetings.
  • I need to establish a fixed morning routine to get me out the door around 7 or 7:30.
  • I need to re-train my body to go to sleep at a specific time.
  • I need to finish eating dinner earlier.
  • I need to find another time to get my daily reading in.
  • I’m sure there are others I haven’t thought of.

As a result of this new bigger habit, you will always have supporting habits that you also need to evolve your entire ecosystem and ensure success. When you’re mentally creating your checklist for how to ingrain a new habit, make sure you include the supporting processes needed to get you to the finish line.

What are your new habits?