Do The Work

September 17, 2014
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The lives of the most successful people in the world are no exception to The 80/20 Rule. This is what the life of a champion looks like 80% of the time: “This is ten percent luck, twenty percent skill Fifteen percent concentrated power of will Five percent pleasure, fifty percent pain A hundred percent reason […]

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Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Chicago Accents

September 11, 2014
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When I’m talking to someone or watching someone on TV, I spend a lot more time paying attention to their voice and the words they use than I do paying attention to their facial features. Maybe it’s because I’m face-blind, and faces hold very little data for me, or maybe it’s because I’m just more […]

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The Outrage Economy: Go Ahead, Get Angry

September 8, 2014
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I just checked the internet, and don’t worry – everyone’s still upset about everything. I sometimes wonder when we allowed this to become the norm. Outrage has become a form of cosmic radiation, the (un)natural background noise to our online existence. If you want an example, just head down to the comments section of any […]


The End of Chapter Four

August 24, 2014
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I’ve had simultaneous jobs nonstop for over 20 years, ever since I was 14 years old. Sometimes part-time, sometimes full-time, sometimes a full-time day job plus full-time projects on the side. When I look back on my work history, it breaks up pretty evenly into (roughly) five-year chapters. And this summer I’m calling the end […]


Technology May Change, But People Remain

July 18, 2014

When we see a picture like this, we think about how different life used to be, and how technology has completely transformed our world. And then we realize that while technology may have transformed the world, the people within it remain wonderfully steadfast. They’re just better documented today. Imagine a loving description like this attached […]


Your Work Must Captivate

July 7, 2014
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The world doesn’t care how many followers you have, what your website looks like, whether you’re a pro or if you do this on the side. We don’t even care about the quality of your work . . . we care about the impact of your work. Millions of people do quality work, but few […]


Everything You Need To Know About Hobby Lobby, Obamacare, Facebook, and Drones

June 30, 2014
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I know a lot of this stuff has been flying around in the news lately, and it can get pretty confusing. So after doing hours of research, I decided to give you everything you need to know on these topics in four easy-to-follow bullets. Facebook’s Emotion Experiment For one week in 2012, Facebook altered the […]

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What To Do When You Get Laid Off

June 18, 2014

So yesterday was my last day of work at GiveForward, one of the best companies it’s ever been my pleasure to work for. I spent the last 18 months of my career there, making a difference every single day for people in medical need. I added to the value of the business, I strengthened their […]


We Are Called To Love

June 12, 2014
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I am more than happy to talk about my faith (and any of the larger faith-based issues) in personal one-on-one conversations, but I very rarely do so here on my blog. And even when I do touch on a faith-based issue here, I’m usually using humor to call out something ridiculous. (But not always). Getting […]

Patience. Excellence.

May 20, 2014
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There is an artist in this country named Benjamin Sack, who has been drawing since the age of two. He has a debilitating love for history and architecture, and happens to own a healthy supply of 0.05 Staedtler pigment liner pens. And patience. He specializes in drawing imaginative, incredibly dense urban landscapes, including both modern […]