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You Have To Plug It In

I work intensely with about seven people a year. I spend a lot of my time sitting on my couch, wearing a headset, and talking to people on Zoom. The most important, but also the most difficult, role that I find I have as a coach is to help people to recognize the extraordinary power […]

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Dance

This weekend I drove 7 hours north to the coastal town of Arcata, to do a Fusion dance workshop with my friend and dance teacher Justin Riley. Whoa there! Now why is a tall, skinny, 61-year-old, over-intellectual writer and coach driving right across the state to spend the weekend in a dance studio with a bunch […]

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A Simple Practice to Overcome Procrastination and Develop Self-Trust

PRACTICES TO MOVE FROM Intention to Accomplishment My new book, Radical Brilliance describes four phases of the “Brilliance Cycle,” which combine together to become the reliable basis of a brilliant life.  It references hundreds of practices we can use to move freely through the cycle.  Here is an excerpt from the book: Practices that move us from […]

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The Neurochemistry of Flow

The following is an excerpt from my latest book, Radical Brilliance. Enjoy! As we move from states of awakening to states of flow, researchers suggest that we still see the secretion of serotonin, but now with increased secretion of dopamine, subjectively moving us from contentment to excitement. Dr. Fred Travis, the director of the Center for […]

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Not Crazy, Not Busy

My new book Radical Brilliance came out recently, and so I am doing interviews about it. Recently, a friend and colleague invited me to be a guest on her podcast. We talked directly on the phone together, not through my publicist. I looked at the calendar and said, “I’d love to do something in May: […]

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The Centrality of Practice

As a coach, I meet with my clients every one or two weeks. We talk together about the awe-inspiring difference they want to make to the world, and I ask them questions to bring forth their best ideas. My clients also have access to me as they need it. They’ve got an emergency hotline they […]

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Addiction to Awakening

My latest book, Radical Brilliance, came out as a pre-publication edition in December 2017 and is now available as the fully-published version on Amazon as a paperback, Kindle, or Audible: so you can listen to my dulcet tones while in the gym or driving in your car. If you have not yet read the book […]

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Disappointment

I just spent the last eighteen months writing a new book. Sometimes something comes through you, rather like giving birth to a baby. Once it is born and finds its own feet, you can look at it with detachment, and realize that it is not yours, it has a life of its own. It is […]

The Prostitution of the Word

I grew up among writers. My father was a journalist for the London Times, who later went on to write seventeen books. My mother was an editor at Faber and Faber. T.S. Eliot sat in the next office to my Mum. Back in the 1960s, publishing was known as “the gentleman’s profession.” Deals were made […]

The Wisdom of Inadequacy

“I screwed up…” “I’m a failure…” “I’m not good enough…” “It’s my fault…” Everyone has thoughts like this from time to time. Everyone sometimes experiences the emotions of shame, inadequacy, guilt, and remorse. The pop psychology/New Age/spirituality world has given these thoughts and feelings an unequivocally bad wrap. They are thought of as toxic, limited: […]

The Brilliance Cycle

Most likely as you read these words, I will be flying overhead on my way back from Frankfurt, Germany, to my home in California… and my beautiful wife… and my beautiful cat… and my beautiful house. I have been a little homesick this time! If you live in America, go look out the window right now, […]

The Most Reliable Predictor of Brilliance

Since John Gray and I completed our book, Conscious Men, we have started working on several new projects together. Just in case you’re wondering: John is really one of the most fun, generous, intelligent, and kind people I’ve ever met. Working with him is a dream come true. Our next project is called The Conscious Woman’s Guide […]