10 Books That Changed My Life

I’m going to tell you about 10 books that changed my life, which is tricky for me, right now. Most of the books that changed my life are not currently in my possession. My library is in storage in the United States, the last 1000 books I could not bear to part with when we moved to New Zealand, so the interesting part of this exercise is — I have to see what really sticks. In selecting my top 10, I want to scan my eyes lovingly over my bookshelves, [...]

By |November 9th, 2018|The Good Stuff|

Natural Healing Remedies

As it turns out, working 60 hours a week for 9 months is not good for the body. I developed some startling symptoms recently, right about the same time I resigned from my day job, and decided to go back to running my business full time. To cure my symptoms, I used the natural healing remedies that have worked best for me: Qi GongNutritionBaths and SweatPositive ThinkingLaughter TherapyGratitude PracticesThe Naturopathic Principles The Healing Art of Qi Gong Qi Gong is an ancient Chinese moving meditation, and it has been used [...]

By |October 11th, 2018|Introspection, The Good Stuff|

One year in New Zealand

I've been extraordinarily busy over the past year. Today is the one-year anniversary of putting in our 30-day notice on the house we were renting in Portland. Within the past year, the Huntress Clan has: Packed all of our worldly possessions into a storage unit Moved temporarily into my father-in-law's house Planted the Fairy Godmother, a dogwood tree that has the placentas of all three of my children in its roots Separated for 2 months while I came to New Zealand to search for a job Attained a full-time job [...]

By |June 1st, 2018|Adventure, The Good Stuff|

10 Daily Tools For Positive Thinking

By nature, I am not a positive thinker. I have to work at it. Positive thinking will not do anything by itself, but as Zig Ziglar said, “Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will.” The success or failure of many things you do in life depends on how well you do those things - and if a few simple tricks can put you in a positive frame of mind, it can increase your effectiveness, as well as amplify your enjoyment of life. “We do not [...]

By |September 16th, 2017|Excellence, The Good Stuff|

My favourite quote of all time is a misattribution.

When I was a young scholar, my life changed when I read this quote: “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” I thought that Aristotle said this. For years, I ended my newsletters with this marvellous line, attributing it to the Ancient Greek philosopher and scientist. For a time, I even titled my newsletter ‘Habits of Excellence.’ I’ve been championing this quote because I admire both the content, and the poetic cadence, of the words. It was this very cadence should have [...]

By |August 24th, 2017|Excellence, The Good Stuff|

My First Trip to New Zealand

It all started with LookSee Wellington. This program offered all-expense-paid trips for 100 people working in the Tech industry to come and visit Wellington, the capital of New Zealand. 48,000 people applied. Only 0.2% of those who applied were invited, and I was not one of them. Still, applying for a trip to New Zealand got us thinking about that place. And right now, the country I am in is a mess. We had some family members interested in leaving the US, and since the Huntress Clan has expatriated before, we [...]

By |June 12th, 2017|Adventure, New Zealand, The Good Stuff|

Ten Things I Really Miss About Living In Costa Rica

It’s been more than a year since I left tropical paradise, and wrote about the Ten Things I Will Not Miss About Living In Costa Rica. As absence makes the heart grow fonder, now I’m homesick for that wonderful place. Here are the ten things that I miss the most. 1. Wearing Tank Tops All The Time It’s sunny and bright in Costa Rica before 2pm nearly every day of the year. If it happens to be the rainy season, you might get a downpour for a couple of hours [...]

By |September 5th, 2015|Introspection, The Good Stuff|

The Breath of the Neutral Mask

Who are we before we become the character? That is the question that the Neutral Mask seeks to answer. "There are three masks: the one we think we are, the one we really are, and the one we have in common." - Jacques Lecoq It has been years since I have studied the deep and subtle foundations of the theatrical art, and returning to its arcane depths has given me a creative revitalization that I desperately needed. Last week I went to a Neutral Mask workshop, taught by Sarah Liane [...]

By |November 9th, 2014|Adventure, The Good Stuff|

10 Lessons From 10 Years of Marriage

My wife and I formalized our fairy tale romance and married each other ten years ago, on a Tuesday morning. There was no one else present; we rented a penthouse suite in downtown Portland, dressed in our sacred garb, and at the appointed hour, friends and family around the globe lit the candles we had sent to them, and wished us well as we said our vows to each other in solitude. From that day to this, over the past ten years, I have enjoyed a deep and meaningful connection with [...]

By |August 17th, 2014|Family, Introspection, The Good Stuff|





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1407, 2021

[Masterclass] Lead Magnetism next week

  How can our marketing bring us leads week in, and week out, without any extra effort? With a good Lead Magnet. Learn the best tools and strategies for successfully attracting new clients to you by magnetizing your best content. In this live Masterclass next week, attendees will learn about: + The Game of Attention + The 4-Step Customer Cycle + List-Building Lead Magnets + Marketing Stack Architecture A Lead Magnet is a digestible, bite-sized info-snack that can solve a [...]

707, 2021

[Level Unlocked] Your power-up has unlocked new abilities!

Recognition rewards achievement with attention. In the martial arts, a beginner is given a white belt. This belt signifies you are a student of a discipline. Over time (so the legend goes) the belt would get dirty and grimy with the dust of the road and the blood of your enemies. When someone survived long enough to wear a black belt, they were known to all as an expert. This progression, from beginner to expert, has many stages in [...]

2806, 2021

What’s the difference between a game and a test?

Have you ever heard of the Super Mario Effect? In the TED talk given by Mark Rober in 2018, the Youtuber described how players will happily endure repeated failure with menial tasks while playing the game Super Mario Brothers. Image by Mark Rober ​ If we tested a bunch of kids on if they could hit a series of buttons in a specific order, and sent them back to the beginning whenever they made a mistake, there wouldn't [...]

1506, 2021

Falling ill made me ruthless about my priorities

Three years ago, I fell severely ill with an autoimmune disorder. I'll spare you the details (but they were bloody uncomfortable). This illness transformed my life. It also transformed my body: 2/3 my previous bodyweight For someone who is used to being strong and having high endurance, the change was drastic. I used to rely on my American work ethic to get through any problem. If I worked hard enough, and long enough, I could power through any difficulty [...]

906, 2021

My life was a TOTAL mess until this happened

Before I learned how to manage my tasks, my time, and my priorities, my desk was a huge pile of junk. I had long to-do lists that were never getting done. I was so overwhelmed by everything I had to do, I felt like I was drowning in obligations. Then someone threw me a life preserver, in the shape of a book called Getting Things Done by David Allen. This book transformed my life. Instead of being perpetually busy, [...]

1905, 2021

[Techweek] ‘Grow your Business With Marketing Automation’ next week

  Next week on Tuesday at noon New Zealand time I'll be sharing my best business growth strategies during my upcoming Techweek21 presentation, 'Grow Your Business With Marketing Automation.' During this free one-hour presentation, I'll share case studies of entrepreneurs who have created systems that produces reliable results. The best marketing takes you the least amount of time to implement, and has the greatest impact on your revenue. If you know just what to say, and when to say it, [...]

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