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The essential quality of the boogie-man

He doesn’t exist.

This is what makes him the perfect creator of fear. An enemy with no defects, an affront for which there is no defense.

Critics and skeptics can bring up the boogie man because they know there is no acceptable response.

Except for one.

The boogie man doesn’t exist. That’s why he’s such an effective example, and why you should ignore him. As soon as you look him in the eye, he vanishes.


It’s comforting to use someone else’s priorities to guide our work. It lets us off the hook.

But the only way to do our best work is to realize that part of what it means to do our work is to own the priorities as well.

Your boat, your compass.

Seeing clearly in 2020

I’ll only use that 2020 riff once. But it was on-point enough to have been worth waiting for ever since I got my first eye exam.

For most of us, 2020 is going to be a turning point. Because it’s another chance to live tomorrow over again. A chance to reset, to decide what’s important and what’s worth working for.

Not a New Year’s resolution, because resolve is often in short supply.

Instead, making the choice to learn to see. A chance to decide to decide.

Sure, that’s meta, but it beats the alternative. To not see. To simply accept. To not choose. To obediently follow instead.

We’re devoting this year to bringing you a series of workshops that can undo the status quo if that’s what you choose. A chance to see more clearly and even more important, to learn to trust yourself enough to change things for the better.

To find out more about what we’re up to, I hope you’ll visit the page on our upcoming worldwide virtual conference and sign up for our free year-long 2020 update list. First dibs, details and occasional discounts.

The future has a way of showing up whether we ask for it or not, and it pays to be ready for it.


A box of infinity

It’s hard to look right at it.

The possibility that lies before us, the chance to connect, to lead, to be heard–it’s bigger than it’s ever been.

Tempting indeed to avert your eyes, because staring into infinity means embracing just how small we feel. We avert our eyes because to realize how much potential we have to contribute puts us on the hook.

But whether we ignore it or not, the infinity of possibility remains.

Dance with it.