reading a book

How to Read a Book – Book Review

How to Read a Book by Mortimer J. Adler and Charles Van Doren is THE classic text on reading thoughtfully. Is it still worth reading, even though it was last updated in 1972?

I stumbled upon this speed reading tool via It’s a handy little tool that trains your mind to read at a faster pace, mainly because it doesn’t allow your mind to do two things: backtrack over what’s already been read and subvocalization. The purpose behind apps like these is to train our minds to… Read more

With the huge amount of new blogs added daily, the blogosphere is becoming more and more like an echo chamber. With this glut of information, one of the hardest problems is keeping your daily intake of news moderated. I realize that many different topics are touched on here at LifeDev. So, in order to help… Read more


The stoplights in my town are something to be desired. (That’s the nicest thing I could think of without using four and five letter words.) Ok, ok… they suck. Bad. At night, they’re exponentially worse. Here’s why: for some odd reason, the sensors don’t work right late at night. I can’t tell you how many… Read more

Man, I can’t tell you how valuable this blogging tip is. Here’s what my typical blog posting process used to look like. I’d go hit up my RSS feeds at Rojo, flag the feeds I wanted to write about and crank out whatever I was thinking of at the time, all in one session. Occassionally… Read more

A lot of people have the misconception that taking a break is lazy. It’s not! We learned yesterday that in order to be really effective, you need fun things in your day or else you’ll burnout. Well, you’ll also burn the people out around you if you don’t take care of yourself and your family… Read more

If you’re like me, you see opportunities everywhere. You find limitless ways to improve on things, or you’ll have an idea dump and before you know it, you’ve got 5 projects cooking in the skillet, 2 in the oven and about 10 on the backburner. Congratulations, you’re an entrepreneur. Us entreprenueurs are blessed with a… Read more

Possibly one of the funniest commercials I’ve seen in a long time. 7_VlVckrUgY&NR

Ok, this post is for all you rabid GTD’ers. Consider this a little refresher (or crash course if you haven’t read Getting Things Done) on the value of asking why. It’s critical to almost any decision making, planning or brainstorming activity, not to mention the fact that it makes you sound sooo philosophical. 1. It… Read more

This is the second installment of a series of talks at the Willow Creek Leadership Summit. This session was one of my favorites at the leadership summit, mainly becuase it spoke to me personally. Balancing personal and work life is always hard, especially if you’re starting a brand new organization. Andy Stanley, a pastor at… Read more

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