Taoist wisdom – we’ll see…

Taoist wisdom – we’ll see…

My good friend and fellow cyclist, Peter Springer, shared this story to his friends in his “Goodbye” email that he sent out to announce his move from Richmond, VA to Charlotte, NC. I used to ride with Peter when I worked for Capital One. We would ride after work in...
StrengthsFinder 2.0: My top 5 strengths (or talents)

StrengthsFinder 2.0: My top 5 strengths (or talents)

I took the StrengthsFinder 2.0 test a few years ago and recently revisited my results. Written by Tom Rath based on Gallup’s 40-year study of human strengths, StrengthFinders 2.0 subscribes to the maxim: “You cannot be everything you want to be – but you can be a lot...
Breaking out of the “I have to” pattern

Breaking out of the “I have to” pattern

“There is only one thing you have to do in life.” – Brad Rex, race announcer Brad Rex, who I jokingly refer to as my “uncle from California,” dabbles in a lot of different things: cycling, rowing, race announcing, sailing, environmental restoration, etc. Since meeting...
What we can learn from the Navy SEALs: What it means to be ELITE

What we can learn from the Navy SEALs: What it means to be ELITE

With the killing of Osama Bin Laden and earlier rescue in 2009 of Captain Richard Phillips from Somali pirates as examples, Navy SEALs are arguably the military’s “best of the best” – the elite military force that gets called upon to do all the tough, clandestine...
Learning to climb because I’m afraid of heights

Learning to climb because I’m afraid of heights

“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” – Anaïs Nin I started rock climbing because it’s new and because I’m afraid of heights. Walking over to the edge of “something” with a drop off (like a bridge or scenic overlook) makes me feel very...