How to make the most of your vacation

How to make the most of your vacation

You know that moment when you’re “officially” on vacation? You’ve crossed off the last task on your “get done before vacation” to-do list. Set your email auto-responder. Told everyone, see you in two weeks! And yet, you can’t seem to get out of work mode. You think of an email you need to send. Information the client […]

How to stop rushing through life

How to stop rushing through life

Recently I’ve noticed my mind getting into a bad habit. A bad habit with three parts: thinking about how much I have to do, racing ahead to the next thing on the list, and feeling resistance to doing that next thing, because it’s standing in the way of the next three things I have to […]

The Judge, the Jury and Something Unexpected

The Judge, the Jury and Something Unexpected

“I never want to do this again.” “I’m so stressed.” “I haven’t been sleeping.” “Next time, I will make sure I don’t get chosen.” Two men from Ghana were on trial for dealing drugs, and we were the jury. And after three days of listening to witnesses’ testimony and four more in deliberation — cooped up in a […]

To Thank or Not To Thank

To Thank or Not To Thank

Recently, I gave a presentation on resilience at Defy Ventures, an innovative organization that recognizes the entrepreneurial skills of formerly incarcerated gang members and drug dealers and provides them with formal training in business building. As part of the program, I’ve volunteered to mentor one of the entrepreneurs-in-training, someone whose comments during my presentation reflected […]