December 2019: Measuring Impact

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It’s the season of giving, and many of us are already spent. When we’re not running a business or tackling another big work project, we’ve been managing major life events from sending kids off to college to losing a parent. All of this while dodging social media and the the relentless onslaught of impeachment hearings and Democratic presidential candidates. Living in the modern world, for all its progress and convenience, brings new sources of anxiety. We’re always on, always plugged in, constantly measuring ourselves. The price of convenience caries a massive cost in real connection and sustained attention. Is it […]

Jelani Memory on A Kids Book About, Startup Funding, and Following Your Purpose

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Jelani Memory started a tech company, raised 30 million in venture capital, and left it at the height of its success to start… a publishing company. We asked Jelani about his startup successes, his new company A Kids Book About, and why going analogue in a digital world is a move worth making. What is your mission behind A Kids Book About? We are on a mission to make kids books that matter. Books that are about all the challenging, empowering, and important topics that kids experience every day. Kids’ lives are complicated, and our mission is to help kids and […]

A God of My Own Understanding

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As a teenager, I felt like I had tried religion and found it wanting. I couldn’t square what I saw as hypocrisy with a message of unconditional love. I didn’t have the finesse to separate the humans practicing religion from the spiritual messaging that was at its core. As soon as my parents no longer required my attendance at the First Presbyterian Church of Davenport, I split. Spiritually, I wandered. Practically, I became self-reliant. I began to believe that no one could be relied upon except myself. Until. I hit rock bottom. And I came to a place where I […]

Spirituality: The Accidental Tourist

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“When did God become such a judgmental prick?” Pam Grout asks in her book Thank and Grow Rich. “When humans took over,” is the grim reply in my head. I believe we are all on a spiritual journey, whether we realize it or not. The quest to find answers to questions like, “Why am I here? What does it all mean?” is a spiritual one, and I also believe, universal. Yet, I have been loathe to turn to the religion of my upbringing for answers. Self-help books seemed a lot more practical. The highlight of my first communion was that we […]

Performative Reciprocity

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I have a friend who really loves to do calls where we get into the weeds of relationship-building methodologies. He enjoys digging deeper into the frameworks I’ve developed and in all our calls he gets me to go even deeper into the work that I do. And before I get into the topic he brought up, I’ll also add that having someone like this in your circle can be incredibly valuable to the rigor of your work. There are those who will take your ideas at face value and then there are those who will challenge your ideas with questions. […]

Spirituality is an Amusement Park

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Spiritual development as “journey” is such a common metaphor that we take it for granted. But in the last chapter of my own spiritual story, I realized its limitations. Trying to find a new Source, a more palatable or perhaps relatable conception of God, I spent time in the woods. Recently relocated to Portland, I found myself living at the edge of Forest Park which boasts miles of trails. The Pacific Northwest is an embarassment of natural riches, so it’s hardly unique to search for awe in nature. And nature never disappoints. From old growth forests to ocean cliffs, I am […]

November 2019: Spiritual Journeys

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Have you heard of the “Nones?” A None is a clever homynym for the religion-free American. In a country where most previously felt compelled to identify with a religion, even if not actively participating, it’s now acceptable in most circles to declare “none of the above.” Still, the desire for spiritual actualization remains. We’re just finding it in less traditional spaces. When I was dreaming up Pregame, one of the questions I asked was “What would it look like to create ‘church’ for entrepreneurs?” Entrepreneurs being a catch-all for the creative, ambitious, collaborative people I saw all around me, craving […]

Own Your Value: Increase Your Perceived Worth [Video + Worksheet]

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Like it or not, you are constantly communicating what you’re worth. In any professional environment, you’re constantly giving subtle, unconscious cues on how people should regard your status, work, time, and talent. A lot of this is in our control; it just takes conscious effort to become aware and then refine what we’re putting out into the professional world. Most personal value advice focuses on literal valuation: researching and negotiating salary and compensation. In my popular talk, “Own Your Value,” I break down three major ways to increase your value: owning your voice, owning your work, and owning your time. Here […]

Five Reasons Entrepreneurs Need A Digital Detox 

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  Entrepreneur. Visionary. Founder. It all sounds glamorous. You wouldn’t trade it for anything. But you also know it’s a hero’s journey filled with ups and downs and stress. And sometimes loneliness.  One of the most challenging aspects of the entrepreneurial journey is getting space from the constant day-to-day demands and stress of the job to think about the longer term, big picture issues of your business.  The never-ending onslaught of emails, calls crowds out the space to think more strategically and get the perspective to make critical business and life decisions.  One way to escape the noise and regain […]

The Courage to Interrupt

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In many of the interviews I do, I like to discuss the idea of turning points in people’s lives and the moment that things really changed for them. And of course, in my own life, I have many of those stories, but the one that came to mind recently was how I ended up getting started in producing and in a room with Broadway producers. Back when I was teaching, I was producing small shows at the Off-Off-Broadway level and used certain venues often. There was one venue that housed multiple theatres and I got to know the manager of […]