Motivation Category

We Have to Hope

The last thing I’m feeling right now is hopeful. What I’m mostly feeling right now is what most of us are probably feeling right now… Uncertainty, irritation, fear. Uncertain about the future of not just our immediate community but the whole world. I mean it really feels like we’re in a movie–the whole world working towards the […]

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The Dad I Didn’t Have

I’m going to be a dad. And I’m going to be a dad to a boy. Erin and I found out that we were going to have a baby back in December. When she called me, in a bit of a panicked state, I was completely calm–almost excited. I’m 34, that’s not old but I […]

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Why Not You?

Don’t answer that! It’s a stupidly easy question to answer. I don’t have the money. I don’t have the resources. I don’t have the talent. I don’t have what they have. It’s stupidly easy to see the stupid amount of roadblocks between us and success. We are naturally negative creatures with built-in psychological mechanisms that […]

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Maintaining Mediocrity

A good friend at my recent book signing looked down at the five books I had on display at the signing table and asked, “How the hell do you find time to do this on top of working full-time and everything else you have going on?” I really hadn’t thought about it like this and […]

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Everything Hurts

I moved back to Pittsburgh from Los Angeles in 2017. My heart was broken and so was my bank account. The only thing that I seemed to be able to get myself to do was go to the gym. I had belonged to LA Fitness when I lived in California and switched my membership over […]

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