Embracing Amateurism

The words "amateur" and "amateurism" have come to be seen as pejoratives. This is unfortunate. The words hail from the latin word, Amator, which means lover, devoted friend, or someone who is in avid pursuit of a objective. The latter sounds a lot like a recipe for passion to me. Perhaps one reason we don't [...]

Pissed Off? Try Unlearning.

I travel frequently and it is not uncommon that I must use public restrooms. On occasion, I encounter a disgusting and unsanitary toilet (such as the picture to the right). My initial reaction — pardon the pun — is to get pissed off at the person who did it. This is only natural. What isn’t [...]

If It Goes Without Saying … Question it.

It is a curious phrase: It goes without saying. If it really "goes without saying," should you need to say "it goes without saying"? On a deeper level, though, I do believe it is worth exploring those things which truly "go without saying" in our relationships, in our workplace, and in our life. For example: [...]

Evidence of Unlearning

 "The absence of evidence is not evidence of absence." –Carl Sagan I love the above quote. It may take a little time to process its meaning but if you can–and, more important, if you can really takes it message to heart–you will have taken a big step down the path of unlearning. To better understand, [...]

Are Your Unhappy? Unlearning Can Help.

Are you unhappy? If so, unlearning can help. The reason is two-fold. First, often, the way we see the problem is the problem. And, second, it is important to remember that the opposite may also be true. For example, if you are unhappy because you don't have a job try focusing on how the extra [...]

What If Mr. Wrong is Right?

I love Minnesota Public Radio and I think the host of Mid-Morning, Kerri Miller, has one of the best jobs in the world. If I had the time, I'd listen to every program she has with an author. Unfortunately, I I don't. And, today, as I was rushing from one event to the next in [...]