What a soldier on a plane taught me about perspective.

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I fly a lot during the spring and fall as I travel to speaking events.

I often try to talk to the people sitting next to me unless they are enveloped in a cone of silence, AKA headphones.

On one flight I was sitting next to a network engineer who helped run the IT department at a large company.

As we talked about his job, I asked him if it was stressful. He was in charge of a huge network, the technology was changing constantly and it seemed like he had a lot of demands on him.

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Sometimes empathy is a can of paint.

We often think empathy is complicated.

It is not.

All it takes is caring about what people we care about, care about.

And sometimes, as this video for a German home improvement store shows, that’s as simple as a can of paint.

Announcing the title of my new book!

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When you write a book you tend to obsess about how you’ll announce it.

You craft a thousand perfect opening sentences in your head for that first blog post. Sentences that make people laugh, clap their hands and maybe even cry a little right on their iPhones as they read your announcement. You annoy your wife, rewriting the intro over and over again in the kitchen. Or maybe that’s just me.

On April 7, 2015 I will release a new book!

The title is:

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Why I can’t sleep some nights.

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“You have to tire yourself out each day or you’ve got too much spare anxiety left over to sleep well.”

Jenny said this to me over breakfast last week.

She’s right. For years, she’s always compared me to one of those dogs that the dog whisperer works with on that TV show. He shows up at the house, finds a boxer that is bored and fixes the situation by giving him a job. He has the dog wear a vest where he carries water bottles for the family on walks. He gets him a better exercise program. He gives him tasks. And the dog stops freaking out when he sees a leaf fall outside the window.

Though it’s not a straight comparison, I never eat shoes, it’s pretty close.

There are mornings I wake up at 5:15AM not because I’m some sort of amazing hustler, but rather because I am some sort of amazing worrier.

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5 Ways To Maximize Your Sidehustle

(Today is a guest post from my good friend Jim Woods! He just launched a new book called “HIt the Mark!” co-written with Erik Fisher.)

The life of a sidehustler is challenging as you only have so much energy, time, and focus you can give to your work. As you make decisions during the day, your energy bank gets depleted and your body needs rest.

Whether you are an early bird or a night owl, at some point you will run into issues with focus, energy, and time management.

Here are 5 steps you can take to maximize your sidehustle:

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