Passion Category Archive

2009 Focus – Intimate Relationships

Wednesday, December 31st, 2008

In this post I’m going to share some things I’ve never shared publicly before, some of which you might find a bit surprising. At the start of each new year, I like to pick a primary focus for the upcoming year. I prefer doing this instead of making a New Year’s resolution because it’s more […]

How to Create Real Value

Thursday, December 11th, 2008

As a follow-up to the last article, let’s tackle the question of how to discern whether or not you’re creating and delivering real value. The simple answer is that you know you’re creating value when you can see tangible positive changes in the world as a result of your creative output. Weak Value Suppose I […]

Juice Feasting – Postmortem

Monday, December 1st, 2008

Now that I’ve been back on solid foods for about a week, I have some final thoughts to share on my 30-day juice feast. I don’t want to rehash what I already shared in my Day 31 update, so I’ll try to offer some new insights. Back to Solids – and Eating More Fat Again […]

Follow Your Heartbreak

Friday, October 10th, 2008

At the Tampa I Can Do It! conference, I attended a workshop by Andrew Harvey on Sacred Activism. I met Andrew a few months ago when we were on a panel with Alan Cohen and Summer McStravick for Hay House Radio. Andrew is a fiery, passionate individual with a powerful message about ridding our lives […]


Thursday, October 9th, 2008

Why should we bother to care about other people? Is it okay to live just for ourselves? Is it good enough to do no harm? Is there any reason we should go out of our way to help other people? I used to not care about people. I mean really not care. I know what […]

Killing Bugs

Sunday, September 28th, 2008

Many people assume I went vegetarian and then vegan because I care about animals. That’s a common perception, but as I’ve mentioned before, it isn’t the truth. The truth is essentially the opposite. My compassion for animals developed only after I made these dietary changes. Going vegetarian in 1993 and then vegan in 1997 both […]

Zen Habits Interview, Facebook Page, Free Book Bonuses, and More

Wednesday, September 24th, 2008

If you’re up for some fresh content, Zen Habits just posted a monstrous new interview with me. Leo Babauta asked really good questions, so I gave them a lot of thought. This interview is very long — nearly 7,000 words — about the length of a typical book chapter. I promise you it isn’t fluff […]

Personal Development for Smart People Book Is Here

Monday, September 22nd, 2008

Now here’s a surprise — my book Personal Development for Smart People has launched early. The original release date was October 15th, but the book has already shipped and is available now. You can get it at and in many major bookstores, including Borders, Barnes & Noble, Books a Million, and Hastings. The major […]

Raw Spirit Festival Review

Thursday, September 18th, 2008

Last weekend I attended the Raw Spirit Festival in Sedona, Arizona. This was my first time attending. I had a great time, and I’m glad I went. This festival was packed with activity, including lectures, workshops, cooking demos, 250 vendors, and of course lots of raw food. To write up a chronological play-by-play of the […]

Lessons From Ron Lewison (1938-2008)

Monday, August 18th, 2008

On Thursday a good friend and fellow Toastmaster named Ron Lewison was in a serious car accident. He was rushed to the hospital, but his injuries were too severe, including a broken pelvis and a punctured lung. Shortly after his family arrived, he passed away. He was 69 years old and is survived by his […]