Don’t Be Bitter, Be Better

There's a story we've all heard. It starts with, "When I was your age," and ends by recounting the narrator's lack of some circumstance when they were younger. Sometimes the story serves to provide perspective to the listener, but there are many times when it's about urging the listener to accept the situation instead of trying to improve it. In…

Continue Reading

Thoughts at 32

This past February, I turned 32 years old. I was fresh out of finishing my MBA, newly transplanted to Fort Worth, Texas, and as Teddy KGB from Rounders might put it, "Strong enough to beat the world!" Much to my chagrin, the world is a train that moves forward regardless of your involvement. It doesn't matter if you're late to…

Continue Reading

What My Spouse Learned from “Shark Tank”

When Shark Tank debuted in 2009, I admit I wasn't interested in business in the slightest. It wasn't until 2012 that I saw an episode, but I was instantly hooked. It was an internal look, albeit highly edited, into some of the things entrepreneurs face when they're trying to grow a business. The show's success itself was a contributing factor…

Continue Reading

Trapped in the Success Mindset: Are You Feeding the Beast?

I'm not the first person to refer to this idea of the Beast and certainly won't be the last. The Beast represents some entity that must continue to be cared for and tended to, ultimately consuming a disproportionate amount of time and resources. In his book Creativity, Inc, Ed Catmull discusses how Pixar studios consistently creates amazing, award-winning movies. This…

Continue Reading

The 3 Best Business Lessons I’ve Learned from Leaders

A friend recently asked me for some advice on which direction he should take his career. During the conversation, I began thinking about my own view of business and how I would give myself advice. However, what truly struck me were the specific lessons I learned that weren't in a classroom but had still shaped how I make decisions. Of…

Continue Reading