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Coming to Terms with a New Beginning

The Greeks didn’t write obituaries. They only asked one question after a man died: “Did he have passion?”

Two months ago today, my father died (the obit I wrote). It was the culmination of three very intense days that bookended his nearly two-year battle with colon cancer—an inevitability that wasn’t lost on me, yet the suddenness of his departure (I was expecting a slow decline, not a hammer being dropped) has left an indelible mark on me.

The answer to the Greeks’ question easily would be yes. My father’s passion was people. Specifically, giving people the tools they needed to get into successful, fulfilling careers. His passion for people is certainly a trait I’ve inherited, which makes his departure all the more profound.

There are so many moments from those three days that will forever be etched in my brain. Emotions and decisions I only had an inkling about contending with coming to the forefront. Images that I’ll never forget. But there is one memory in particular that, in retrospect, is the most surreal of them all:

The moment I left the hospital after he died.

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8 Things I’ve Learned Since Turning 30

Today is my 31st birthday.

I didn’t really freak out when I turned 30. For some reason, turning 31 (and officially being “in” my 30s) seems to be hitting a bit harder. It could be that I’m a month away from being a father once again. It could be something else.

All that said, I’ve had a bit of time to think and reflect on how my life has progressed since turning 30. It may only be a number, but my 31st year has taught me a lot about myself. Here are a few things I’ve learned since hitting that number:

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Superheroes and Superpowers

Years ago, I was taking part in one of those all-day job interviews. You know that kind—you’re passed around from person to person, you get taken to lunch, and you get asked the same questions over and over again.

In this job interview, one particular interviewer asked me, “If you were a superhero, which superhero would you be and why?”

At the time, I was caught off guard a bit. I had never been asked that question before—and I wasn’t sure why that would come up.

But, I recovered and gave this answer:

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Quick Take: Credibility

In light of tonight’s debate between Bill Nye and Ken Ham on evolution and creationism, I thought of this quote from Man of the Year: If everything seems credible then nothing seems credible. You know, TV puts everybody in those boxes, side-by-side. On one side, there’s this certifiable lunatic who says the Holocaust never happened. […]

Three Words for 2014

At this time every year, I read several of these types of posts where three words are chosen as a summation of what individuals want to “work actionably on changing/improving in the coming year.” (Chris Brogan was the first to turn me onto this type of post – here is his 2013 edition).

In light of 2013 being a fast-paced, hectic year of change, 2014 is shaping up to be a year of change as well. And navigating change requires goals, plans, and milestones.

So, at the risk of being unoriginal, instead of resolutions for the New Year, I have decided to choose Three Words of my own.

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