Purpose Category Archive

How to Graduate From Christianity

Thursday, April 9th, 2009

If you were raised as a Christian, perhaps you’ve reached the point where traditional Christianity no longer resonates with you, but maybe you don’t feel good about moving beyond it. If so, you certainly aren’t alone. This article will explore how to retain and expand the best parts of your Christian beliefs while shedding the elements that disempower […]

15 Second Marketing

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

Have you ever heard of an elevator pitch? That’s when someone casually asks, “What kind of work do you do?” and you give them a brief answer in roughly the time span of an elevator ride. The people who hear your elevator pitch could be potential business partners or clients, or they could be strangers you meet […]

Leveling Up

Thursday, March 12th, 2009

When people fail to move forward in the direction of their dreams, a common excuse is “I don’t know how.” They claim that a lack of know-how is the key factor holding them back in life. For example, people write to me all the time saying that they wish they could start a successful blog, […]

Volunteering

Monday, March 9th, 2009

Many people suggest that doing volunteer work is a great way to open your heart to new experiences. I totally agree. When I was in high school, I did volunteer work at two different places, helping out for about 50 hours at each place. Working With Seniors The first place was a convalescent home near LAX (Los Angeles Airport). I must […]

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 […]

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 […]

Oneness

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 […]

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 Amazon.com and in many major bookstores, including Borders, Barnes & Noble, Books a Million, and Hastings. The major […]

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 […]