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Practicing Gratitude

June 12, 2011
Brandon Sutton Hiking

Last weekend’s World Domination Summit brought up a lot of things for me that I need to work on, including some habits (hat tip to Leo Babauta) that I want to introduce in my life. I decided that a commitment to expressing gratitude is one of them.

About a year ago, I did an exercise where every morning I listed 5 things that I was grateful for.  I kept a running document of these things, which was a nice way to remind myself of all the wonderful aspects of my life that deserve recognition and appreciation.

But the question is, why relegate these expressions of gratitude to a document that’s trapped on my desktop? Continue Reading…


June 2, 2011
Jacks River - Cohutta Wilderness

I’m at 36,000 feet over Idaho on the way to Portland as I write this.  As is often the case, a conversation with a good friend yesterday yielded a meaningful reminder of an audiobook that I had yet to read.  Eckart Tolle – Stillness Speaks.

Somewhere during the first hour of the flight, I realized I had it with me and immediately started to listen.

I drifted in and out of a light sleep as I listened to the calming voice of the author, whose work I greatly admire.  As a side note, if you haven’t had a chance to read any of Tolle’s work, I highly recommend it. The Power of Now is one of the most insightful books I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading.  Continue Reading…


Listening is Learning

May 17, 2011
Listen - Melvin Gaal

Today’s post is from my friend, Dave Ursillo, who has an incredible outlook on life and approach to leadership. I have never asked anyone to guest post before, but Dave’s message was so resonant with me, I couldn’t help but share. Special thanks to Dave for the post!


“Those who know don’t talk. Those who talk don’t know.” ~Lao Tsu, Tao te Ching

Life has gotten loud.

From the moment we wake up in the morning and until we finally drift off into sleep at night, we are bombarded by a nearly constant stream of noise, commotion and loudness.

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2010 – A Year of Learning, Growth, Transformation and Adventure

December 22, 2010

This year has been one of incredible learning, growth, and personal transformation along with a healthy dose of adventure.  It’s actually quite remarkable to me to look back on where I was a year ago and how much things have changed for the better.  I wanted to take a few minutes to reflect on the year in the hope that it might provide some context for what I’ve been doing and how my life and my work has changed over the past 12 months.

Big things that happened:

Worked with the Atlanta Community Food Bank to develop their social media strategic plan for 2010-2011. Helped interview candidates for the new fulltime role of Online Community Builder for the ACFB.

Interviewed with multiple major agencies but finally decided that the work that I want to do will not be carried out inside an agency. Stopped interviewing and never looked back.

Realized that my loft is not more important than me living the life I want to live, and made the decision to sell it after 8 wonderful years of living here. Continue Reading…

Creating Irresistible Presence

September 27, 2010
Creating Irresistible Presence

This past weekend, I was honored to be a part of an incredible conference/workshop called Creating Irresistible Presence here in Atlanta. The event was created and organized by Sarah Robinson – one of my big inspirations and author of Escaping Mediocrity. I connected with Sarah earlier in the year and have been very impressed with her writing and her spirit overall. I knew when she brought this event to Atlanta, I had to attend.

Interestingly, I was the only man at the event. 🙂 This proved to be quite fun for me, and I think for the women as well. The gist of the event is that we need to step into ourselves and realize that our voice needs to come across loud and clear in our actions, our writing, and in our business overall. We spent 3 days getting super clear on who we were as business-people, and as individuals as well. I learned so much from Sarah and the incredible group of women who showed up and gave it all they had. I witnessed some incredible transformations in people; right before my eyes these women were working through some intense stuff that had been holding them back.  One by one I saw them shed the shackles.  It was remarkable to watch them come alive and realize how incredible they all are! Continue Reading…