Ideas and Opinions

Basic units, trip odometers, and showing up

September 21, 2016

I had bitten off more than I realized. If fortune and hospitality didn’t favor the bold and foolhardy, I would have fallen on my face... Continue reading

Objectivity and the value of an open mind

March 30, 2016

Early on in their careers, many journalists learn a tenet they’re expected to carry with them until the end: Never compromise your objectivity. Objectivity... Continue reading

The importance of being decisive

February 17, 2016

My decisions are far from life-and-death. However my ability to make a swift decision can mean the difference in thousands, sometimes millions of dollars... Continue reading

The extreme has become the ordinary

December 2, 2015

Extreme adventure is no longer the domain of only bearded, frostbitten explorers. Reaching the Poles, coursing mighty rivers, or climbing the world’s highest. . . Continue reading

The real crisis in public education, and how to fix it

November 4, 2015

I deeply believe public schools are the single most important American institution to fulfill the great promise of our nation’s ideals. Unfortunately, we have... Continue reading

Entrepreneurial leaders are contrarians at heart

October 15, 2015

I believe great entrepreneurs are contrarians at heart. They must balance confidence to pursue the opportunity with humility to learn about their market. They must... Continue reading