LSD & martial arts: Finding my flow in fighting

In this episode, I talk about a breakthrough I’ve had in my martial arts after a training session on LSD. In my training of martial arts, there are periods where I’m on a very intense schedule, practicing five, six, or even seven days a week. And then there are periods where I train only once …

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Pacing myself: Full speed until the fuel runs out isn’t a good strategy

Here’s a conversation where I talk about the importance of pacing myself and managing my energy throughout the course of a day.  I have a tendency to go full speed whenever I feel energized—until my tank runs out of fuel and I crash hard.  Today, I practiced breaking that pattern. When I felt excited or …

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Intimate art, loving playfulness, and my secret guitar

A few weeks ago, I ordered a guitar. I spent most of my teenage years chasing the dream of becoming the world’s best guitarist, practicing all day, every day… until one day when I realized I’d never become the greatest. And from that day on, I’ve—with a few rare exceptions—never touched a guitar again. Until …

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Way of the Warrior: Getting real

Here’s another Way of the Warrior episode, where I share lessons I learn while practicing martial arts. There’s a certain technique I’ve practiced many times and understood well—or so I thought. Let’s just say it was a very humbling session, where the idea I carried in my head wasn’t fully aligned with the reality that …

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When Siddhartha met Buddha (and walked away)

I recently read Herman Hesse’s book Siddhartha, which tells the story of a man seeking enlightenment. From a young age on, together with his best friend, he sought spiritual teachers and mentors to learn and guide him. Because he was a very dedicated disciple of these different teachers, he excelled in many practices, but soon …

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What makes you come alive at work? A purpose-finding exercise

What’s the driving force that keeps you excited, motivated, and makes you come alive? This is not always an easy question to answer, but in this episode I share a simple way of uncovering your purpose at work. Think about the last 3 months. What were some of the best moments you’ve had at work? …

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A bad day

This might just be the most uncomfortable piece of content I’ve ever published. I recently had a lousy day, and captured my mood and thoughts in a rare, ad hoc voice memo. I want to share this with you, because I believe there’s value in realizing that we all have down days. But rather than …

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Way of the Warrior: Desperation made me pull on another man’s pants

A few years ago I fell in love with martial arts, and it’s become a great source of learnings and insights for me. In the Way of the Warrior series, I’m going to share these lessons with you—and I find that most of them are relevant not just in the context of fighting, but also …

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Negative Self-Image? What a Little Girl Taught Me

On a recent summer night I witnessed something touching and magical that I want to share with you in today’s episode. If you have a negative self-image, or simply want to build a more positive self-image, it’s well worth the ten minute listen! TRANSCRIPT I recently witnessed something truly beautiful and magical. And I wanted …

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