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I’m an author, blogger and incessant traveler. I’ve spent several years living in Japan and am the founder of a global coaching platform called Carrus.ioIn my weekly newsletter I write about tech, Japan, and how to live a more productive and meaningful life. I try and keep my writing straightforward and speak from my own experience. You can view books I’ve written here and view a full archive of posts here. Check out my articles below to get started, and become a subscriber to access exclusive content here.

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Don’t try too hard to change people’s minds

Don’t try too hard to change people’s minds

09/14/2020

Years ago a friend of mine was coming to terms with her homosexuality. She’d been raised in a conservative, Christian household and her parents didn’t know she liked girls. This was easy to keep hidden at the time. Now she was in college, where people didn’t give a shit about your sexual orientation. It was ...

Quitting My Mojito Habit: Identity as an Obstacle to Achieving our Goals

Quitting My Mojito Habit: Identity as an Obstacle to Achieving our Goals

09/01/2020

A few years ago, I would go out frequently during the weekdays with friends and enjoy a Mojito (or twelve). This began to change once I started running longer distances and training for a marathon. Suddenly, I’m a marathon runner and a frequent mojito-drinker—although as you can see these two identities were a little bit at odds. ...

The Jonah Complex - Our Fear of Greatness

The Jonah Complex – Our Fear of Greatness

08/18/2020

One day God calls on Jonah and asks him to go preach in the city of Nineveh. Jonah, being a big shot who thinks he knows better than God, ignores the request and attempts to flee by boat. God summons a turbulent storm that throws him overboard, and Jonah is  then devoured by a giant ...

Giving up 6 Feet Before the Finish Line

Giving up 6 Feet Before the Finish Line

08/11/2020

Ultramarathon runner Brandon Falls is moments away from victory. This is mile 49 of 50 and he has been running nonstop for over six hours fueled on candy bars and snotty sports gels. He comes around a turn on the road and sees the finish line, less than 200 feet away. Fans cheer him on with ...

The Sprint vs. Marathon Mentality

The Sprint vs. Marathon Mentality

08/08/2020

When the going gets tough and we’re faced with a setback, a voice in our head (or maybe a parent, coach, or mentor) loudly reminds us, “Life is a marathon, not a sprint!” The message is that we shouldn’t be in a rush, patience is a virtue, greatness is achieved through perseverance, Rome wasn’t built ...

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