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July 31, 2014

The Fault in Our Stars

So I saw this movie about two kids dying and I cried. I cried because it made me think about my own death, which made me think about my life and my desire to live a meaningful life; not the… read more

January 10, 2011

Great Migrations: What Animals Can Teach Us About Focus

The Sooty Shearwater is the most focused animal on the planet. This New Zealand bird flies up to 74,000 kilometers on its yearly migration, averaging more than 500 kms per day. During this largely solo annual migration, Sooty has many… read more

October 03, 2010

Japan, Johnny Depp, and the Secret to High Performance

I was in Japan for 10 days recently and was again in awe of their “Samurai-infused” culture. A few things spoke to me, such as their disciplined politeness, the unbelievable cleanliness of the city, and the safety Tokyo is famous… read more

September 24, 2010

How to Lead So Your Team Will Follow

“It has always been my philosophy, and I really believe this sincerely, that a football player is a person first, a tennis player is a person first, a swimmer is a person first. Then you go ahead and coach the… read more

August 10, 2010

How the Team With No Rules Won 300 Games

“Never try to be better than someone else. Always learn from others. Never cease trying to be the best you can be.” – John Wooden, UCLA basketball coach, winner of ten national championships   He had no rules. He always… read more

July 12, 2010

Why We Fail

“The quality of a zen student’s practice is defined as much by how he sweeps the courtyard as by how he sits in meditation.” – George Leonard, Aikido Master, from the book Mastery   I hate to fail. As a professional… read more

July 03, 2010

What Do You Mean by Success?

“Success is not one of my motives. Because success stands in contrast to failure. But no worthwhile effort in one’s life is either a success or failure.   What do you mean by success? You take a problem and you… read more

June 28, 2010

How to be Mindful: My Problem on Delta Flight 4593

“To force things to be a certain way, “my way,” isolates us from our own possibilities.” – Jon Kabat-Zinn   I sat in 13b, the very last seat in the regional jet, the one that doesn’t recline, directly across from… read more

June 21, 2010

The Problem With Logic

“Like a thief, reason sneaked in and sat amongst the lovers eager to give them advice. They were unwilling to listen, so reason kissed their feet and went on its way.” – Rumi, Persian Poet (1207-1273)   Have you ever… read more

May 21, 2010

Is This Major Obstacle Holding You Back?

“When the archer shoots for no particular prize, he has all his skills; when he shoots to win a brass knuckle, he is already nervous; when he shoots for a gold prize, he goes blind, sees two targets, and is… read more