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Annual Review 2017

By | 2018-01-01T17:39:04+00:00 December 31st, 2017|Introspection, The Good Stuff|

2017 has not turned out at all like I planned; but thankfully, I didn't hold onto my plans very tightly. Instead of deciding on my outcomes, I held on to my vision. Even when my plans changed. Especially when my plans changed. Every pivot has brought me to a shorter, unexpected path leading to my two [...]

Professional Clarity

By | 2017-09-01T19:45:29+00:00 February 13th, 2017|Business, Entrepreneur, Introspection|

I've decided to get clear about what I do.   For years, the unofficial feedback I get from people is, "I'm not entirely sure what it is you do, Caelan - but I know it has something to do with computers!"   I've heard this so many times, so consistently over the years, it's been [...]

Annual Review 2016

By | 2017-01-02T08:39:47+00:00 December 31st, 2016|Introspection|

2016 was a year of building momentum. I spent a lot of this year pivoting, and shedding things that didn't contribute to my two major life goals: Raising my kids Building my fortune Having these two goals as the compass points to orient my life's decisions has been clarifying, and helped me recognize what Warren Buffet [...]

Pivot to Pivot

By | 2018-01-01T17:47:07+00:00 December 19th, 2016|Business, Entrepreneur, Introspection|

I took almost a year off of this blog, and there were many reasons for my absence. The biggest reason is: during 2016 I pivoted my main brand three times. Pivot 1: BeTheBetterDad.com Pivot 2: WellnessWebsiteDesign.com Pivot 3: StellarPlatforms.com Pivot One Internally, I still call this project Father Fitness, even though it went [...]

Annual Review 2015

By | 2018-02-21T19:38:36+00:00 December 31st, 2015|Introspection|

This was a great year. 2015 gave me more victories than failures, and instead of pressing courageously forward, this year I paused to marshal my resources, and decide on the direction I want to go for the next five years. The biggest lesson I learned this year: I've now been a member of Fizzle for [...]

Pioneer Nation 2015 Recap

By | 2016-12-26T14:39:49+00:00 October 23rd, 2015|Introspection|

Pioneer Nation is a gathering of internet creatives with a blog and a passion, committed to doing what they decided was their work in the world. There's this weird synergy at the convergence of authenticity, audience, and the Internet, where people can find a good problem to be solved and offer a solution to anyone who has this [...]

The Re-launch of my Weekly Newsletter – Habits of Excellence

By | 2016-12-26T14:40:10+00:00 August 4th, 2015|Introspection|

Writing a newsletter can be very rewarding, stressful, introspective, lucrative, and ineffective. My weekly newsletter habit has been inconstant over the past ten years, and has gone through a lot of incarnations. This is what I've learned so far: The regularity of writing every week keeps your writing polished. It is only through regular exercise [...]

Projects of Passion

By | 2016-12-26T14:50:14+00:00 March 10th, 2015|Family, Introspection|

Have you ever had that one project you could never put down? A passion that haunts you, and won’t let you go, no matter how many failures you encounter along the way? That’s how treasure hunts have been for me. When I’m making a treasure hunt, walking through a city looking for hidden locations in plain [...]

The Hero in Prison

By | 2016-12-26T14:39:57+00:00 January 19th, 2015|Introspection|

Reading the Letter From Birmingham Jail was the beginning of my philosophical studies. Written by Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1963, this letter was the first rational and ethical defense I had read of the imprisoned man. I was eighteen years old, in plenty of trouble with the law, and in between punishments for crimes that I did [...]

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