No One Cares If you Fail.

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No one cares if you climb the mountain. No one cares if you go for it and fail. No one cares if you set off on adventure and come back with a limp, flop on your face, bite it hard, get a few bruises. Saying “no one cares” isn’t a put down. It’s a hall pass. [...]

The Secret To Staying Inspired

This picture inspires me. It was taken at a time that I had questions and needed answers. Bad. I found those answers or more likely, they found me, on a trip to Montana in 2009. When I look at this picture I’m not only reminded of the answers I received on that trip. I’m reminded that [...]

How To Rewrite Your Story

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“You can’t go back home to your family, back home to your childhood, back home to romantic love, back home to a young man’s dreams of glory and of fame, back home to exile…” -Thomas Wolfe Every day on the walk from my office to the gym I pass by the childhood home of Thomas [...]

Why It Is OK, Even Good, To Hurt.

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Last fall when Heather and I began to go through foster parent training we were confident of one thing. Our hearts would be broken. Repeatedly. We had to confront the notion that while everything inside of us wants to run from danger and pain, this process would put us on a direct path toward it. [...]

How Your Failure Can Lead to Success

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My son, Seth, has been tossing around the idea of learning to ride his bike. Weighing the pros and cons. Pros of being independent and because it looks cool. Cons in that he’ll likely fall a few times and might get hurt. He’s 6 and in the first grade so we all agreed it’s time [...]