5 words of wisdom from my 45 year old self.

The other day, I gave myself a journal writing prompt: “imagining yourself 10 years into the future and looking back to today, what advice would you give yourself?”

Here is what I came up with:

  1. Do yoga. Everyday, on some level, even for just one minute.
  2. Meditate. Daily, and with focus. Listen. Connect to your breathe. Release any unnecessary tension.
  3. ART. Make it. Engage in the creative process. Use your skills to create something new. Craft.
  4. LOVE. Everyone. All things, unconditionally. Find the joy of loving others and practice compassion.
  5. LEARN. As much as you can, in the span of your life. Focus on learning to be a great human being, learn a craft, or two, and many languages. Learn to take care of yourself and others. Be kind & gentle, and open-minded. Learn to let go of grudges and stop living in the past. And, keep going until you die.


I’d say that’s a worthy list to get behind. Let me know your thoughts? What advices would you give to yourself looking back ten years into the future?

The Art of Breaking Dishes

What is it, this curiosity d’jour?

Well, I’m excited to say that it’s about getting ready for a co-presentation w/ my fabulous friend, Cynthia Greenawalt. The title of our presentation is “The Art of Breaking Dishes: A Multi-Dimensional Approach Toward Launching Your Life’s Work.” Here’s what we’re hoping to cover:

What is omnipreneurship? Well, I drafted that answer already here.

The myth of the side hustle: If it’s what you do on the side and it actually feels like a “side project,” then you’ve got a problem; because, you’re not fully committed in your body, mind and soul.

It’s important to remember that IF your side hustle is where your passion is AND you are divided, you may not be expressing your passion boundlessly in every act that you do. So, if you have a “side-project” and it’s not being fulfilled in the expression of your day to day actions (a.k.a. everything that you do), then it’s time to move forward with the next step: INTEGRATE. And remember:

“All boundaries are conventions waiting to be transcended… One may transcend any convention, if only one can first conceive of doing so.” — Scene from Cloud Atlas.

So use your imagination and get down to business!

Which brings me to my next point: break the dishes, gosh darn it, and make a mess! You’re going for Richard Branson, Elon Musk, Martha Graham, Madonna huge here! And you’re starting with what you have to grow your The Big Idea.

It’s going to be messy. And, you’re going to do more than you could have ever imagined possible as you stretch beyond your own boundaries. Your to-do-list, therefore, will be so long that you’ll feel like you can never get “it” done (sometimes). So…

With so much on my plate, how do I get “everything” done?

  1. Nothing great was built by one man.* So partner, collaborate, hire, delegate, and express your fullest leadership potential.
  2. Master the flow to do & let go.  Tools are helpful: Your Calendar, the Inbox, ToDoIst, Calendly, Contactually, etc.
  3. If something is stuck, dig deep & decide. It’s about making a choice:
    1. If yes, integrate.
    2. If no, stop.

*Yes, I said ‘man’ for a reason… to make an IMPORTANT POINT… because it’s going to take more than men, in fact! It’s going to take all kinds of beautiful people from all walks of life to realize our biggest dreams. Diversity & innovation (creativity) go hand-in-hand… but that’s a topic for my book, “The Art of HR: Diversifying Talent & Developing Leaders.” (Stay tuned for more!)

And once you’ve boosted your confidence in productivity, remind yourself that this is a journey not a destination. So, don’t hold onto your ways too strongly. You need to be able to let go of even the systems that you so tediously design. Let your baby grow up, please. And sometimes that means letting go of something that used to work. Let this natural cycle continue, because movement is life.

This is in fact the answer to another question that comes up in “The Art of Breaking Dishes:…:”

What does it means to flourish as an entrepreneur? Well, based on this approach of omnipreneurship, where you are nurturing an endless ecosystem of potential, the short answer is this: it means that you are nourished by the growth of all things being fully nourished.

  • flour·ish [ ˈfləriSH, verb ] 1. (of a person, animal, or other living organism) grow or develop in a healthy or vigorous way, especially as the result of a particularly favorable environment. “wild plants flourish on the banks of the lake;” synonyms: grow, thrive, prosper, do well, burgeon, increase, multiply, proliferate;
  • Origin, Middle English: from Old French floriss-, lengthened stem of florir, based on Latin florere, from flos, flor- ‘a flower.’ The noun senses ‘ornamental curve’ and ‘florid expression’ come from an obsolete sense of the verb, ‘adorn’ (originally with flowers).

What I love about this organic approach towards business is this: it results in an opportunity to be boundless in your creativity whilst grounded in your truth.

You are a majestic flower in a magical universe ready to prosper into infinity! This is what it means to be a true practitioner of omnipreneurship.

Stay curious, people. Otherwise, you’ll be bored.
P.S. Your ability to “succeed” is in your ability to “be. here. now.” As my #ArtsMeetsBiz collaborator Emileena Pedigo reminds us, “The Future is Unstable so Live in the Moment.”



Photo by Casey Horner on Unsplash

What is it, this curiosity d’jour?

Well, this is a term that came to me recently in a journal writing exercise. I love to wake up in the morning, inspired by the sunrise, to ponder “The Big Idea.”

My goal was to articulate a certain approach towards organizational design & growth strategy — one that was reflective of my values as a leader AND appropriate for the future of humanity. I was caught contemplating SpaceX (auf Deutsch, naturlich), Blockchain, and the existence of Aliens.

I wanted a term that appropriately captured the type of future-forward leadership needed in order to operate a space craft of both organic & inorganic beings, e.g. AI + Humans, etc., in multiple dimensions throughout space (& time).

My concern was framed by the challenges of “integration” I’d face within the business ecosystem I found myself in about 3 years ago. And, for those of you who know me, you know that my path is a non-traditional one. I intend to keep it #AnotherWay!

And so, I landed on this term: omnipreneurship.
*** NOTE: It started out as omniship, (omni+leadership) but I needed something that more fully expressed the importance of entrepreneurship too, which is critical in order to remain innovative.

For what it’s worth, here’s what Merriam-Webster had to say:

  • Omni-: all : universally omnidirectional
  • preneurship: from entrepreneur, one who organizes, manages, and assumes the risks [and rewards] of a business or enterprise

Okay, so it boils down to this (my working definition): the ability to make dynamic, creative business decisions #ArtsMeetsBiz that have an influence on more than one initiative equally & simultaneously, for the benefit of ALL stakeholders (SEE Conscious Capitalism), in a single moment and through a single action (see p.s. below).

To put it another way: it’s being able to make a choice in one plane of existence, for the benefit of one cause, that will equally benefit the needs of another and the whole. It holistic and organic. It’s responsive. It can get really messy! And, it is about fueling limitless, potency within a thriving ecosystems. It’s like Richard Branson meets Jean-Luc Picard meets Alice in Wonderland. If your plate is too small, break the plate. In fact, break every dish in the house!

There’s a guy that’s written about it, sort of. His name is Amr Al-Dabbagh. His book, titled “Omnipreneurship: An Organized Approach to Living a Life of Meaning,” seems interesting. Haven’t read it (yet), but feel like it’s not the same as what I’m talking about. I’m seeking something more radical, more transformative, and more aligned with the desire to innovate without limitations, without boundaries, without competition.

And though I don’t condone the behavior, I can summarize the idea with a question that often plagues my mind as a CEO: how can you kill five birds with one stone?

Stay curious, people. Otherwise, you’ll be bored.
P.S. One of my mentors & a dear friend, Cynthia Greenawalt, suggested I watch Cloud Atlas. It relates. The clip above was perfect in highlighting a point.