Respect Everyone. Fear No One.

“Respect everyone. Fear no one.” I love this saying, which I first heard in reference to bicycle racing. The rider shows up for a race or a ride and sees the other riders. That rider might take some riders too lightly based on appearances and be unpleasantly...

Being Better than Not-Bad

Whatever is worth doing at all is worth doing well. -Lord Chesterfield One of the assignments for students in my FIZ courses is making a one-minute spontaneous speech about something that is important to them as individuals. I refer to this as the “passionate...

Thinking Inside the Box

Creativity comes from trust. Trust your instincts. And never hope more than you work. -Rita Mae Brown Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties. -Erich Fromm Most of us have heard and are probably sick of that rather threadbare cliche, “thinking...

The True Comfort Zone

If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end; if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth only soft soap and wishful thinking to begin, and in the end, despair. -C.S. Lewis Unless you’re looking to become an onstage performer, one of...

Improv and the Art of Motorcycling

When in doubt, gas it. -Motorcycling axiom Two of my very favorite things in life are improv and motorcycling. The former has been my profession since 1989 and the latter a means of transportation and a hobby since 1986. Although I’ve been doing both things for...

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