Courage and Integrity

Mark Twain once shared this pearl of wisdom on courage:

With courage you will dare to take risks, have the strength to be compassionate, and the wisdom to be humble. Courage is the foundation of integrity.

I have never really considered courage to be directly related to a man’s integrity but the more I have thought over it recently the more I see the truth in his words.

It requires an incredible amount of courage to follow our dreams, to do the things that make us the most happy, and to generally experience life to its fullest.

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The Crisis of Student Debt

John Oliver, as entertaining as ever, talking about education debt and how ridiculous the situation really is. If you do end up watching this please pay attention to the statistics, which are most important, and less on his humor and presentation (per usual).

I think often about this when I contemplate on what the entire industry of code schools are doing for people who are interested in taking their future into their own hands instead of becoming victims of a system that will keep them handcuffed for years (if not longer).

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Startup Pregnancy

The rallying cry that I hear too often is that essentially the future is built by innovators and entrepreneurs and that at this very moment a new venture could be formed that could change the very foundation of how we work, live, and engage with each other and our world.

The “next” Google, Microsoft, Twitter, Ebay, Facebook ad. nauseum is thrown around in an attempt to excite and incite others to action. “Now is the time!” is implicitly or explicitly expressed and opportunity is going to pass you buy if you don’t go for it.

To be fair, all these things are true and I’m not trying to be overly critical of the good intent that sits behind these proclamations.

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App Grief


Yesterday I turned off the availability of an app that I had closed down and I realize that I’m am walking through a period of grief. In other words, I am literally grieving the passing (or I should just go ahead and say it… death) of this app.

And I shouldn’t be surprised. It was the center of my world for more than 2 years and I spent thousands upon thousands of hours on it. My entire life, my kids, and my spouse of 9 years circled this app from sunup to sundown. And they experienced all the ups and downs with me, viscerally so.

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Vocation: Where Joy Meets Need

Eric Greitens, a navy SEAL and Rhodes Scholar, addressed Tufts University for their 2012 commencement address and shared some counter-cultural words of wisdom to the graduating group that year:

The more I thought about myself, the weaker I became. The more I recognized that I was serving a purpose larger than myself, the stronger I became.

The best definition I have ever heard of a vocation is that it’s the place where your great joy meets the world’s great need.

We need all of you to find your vocation. To develop your joys, your passions, and to match them to the world’s great needs.

In a world where we laud the individual and we forever-endorse the individual’s personal achievements into self-obsession, Greitens’ words are a breath of fresh air. Continue reading


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