Leadership, Spirituality, Personal Development, Ethics, Morality, Purpose, etc.

Welcome to Genius Types, “Creative Life & Productivity”

By |September 9th, 2014|

I started this blog in 2006 as a young entrepreneur who was looking for something more creative than the typical American life of 50-60 hour work weeks, skipping vacations to move up, and not hoping to see & enjoy the world until I was too old to do so. It’s amazing how much my perspective […]

Five Ways I Stay Connected, Informed, and Entertained Without Cable TV

By |November 16th, 2007|

A couple years ago, I decided to cut out Cable TV for a couple of reasons: First, we were trying to get out of debt and we decided that at over $1000 a year, cable was a luxury we could live without.

The King of Recovery

By |October 9th, 2007|

I’m the king of recovery.

Depending on your point of view, it’s either a skill or deficiency; but it certainly strikes both fear and elation into the lives of those who are paying attention.

What I’d Tell Myself if I Were 18 Again

By |August 10th, 2007|

I like to joke that I am who I am today because I did everything wrong in my 20's. I've always been fearless, and it often got me in trouble. I wasn't afraid to start a business, borrow a bunch of money, or quit a well-paying job to travel the world.

No One Feels Sorry for Someone Who Feels Sorry for Himself

By |June 12th, 2007|

It’s funny how empathy works. It’s easy to feel for someone who’s completely unselfsish and sweeps their own pain under a rug; but the second they demand our sorrow, our will to empathize with them vanishes.


This phoenomenon seems to work against logic. We empathize with (and help) those who need it least (or […]


By |February 19th, 2007|

I’ve always been fascinated with the idea of testing the limits of self-sufficiency. In fact, one of my favorite books is Into the Wild, by Jon Krakauer.

Can Beer Help Your Golf Game?

By |February 7th, 2007|

Back in my younger days my buddies and I used to play a lot of golf. There was a tucked away course that we loved because it was cheap, laid back, and had very little traffic; great for us because we weren’t exactly your well-dressed, upstanding, country club types.

We were barely in […]

Why You got Flipped off in Traffic

By |January 31st, 2007|

Have you noticed how hostile interpersonal communication has become? Back in the era of manners, people disagreed, but did so on a foundation of respect. Today it’s okay to attack, defame, and belittle anyone who doesn’t agree with you on a foundation of snarkiness.

Everywhere you look, people are tearing each other’s heads off […]

Don’t Apologize for Yourself

By |January 9th, 2007|

I’m sorry, I just woke up and I’m a little tired. I’m not usually like this. I can do much better. This piece is just a rough draft. I’m a writer, I mean, I want to be a writer… well, I guess we all have dreams. I don’t want to […]

Whatever You do, Don’t Panic!

By |December 30th, 2006|

My grandpa loves to take his grandchildren fishing. Some of my greatest memories are on the boat with him. As a kid I tended to get myself into some sticky situations; my line and lure would often get tangled everywhere and anywhere.

Sometimes my lure would wrap around his and start flopping around in the water while heading for the spinning blade of the motor. Knowing that it was my fault, I would start to get nervous and stand up in the moving boat, jump to the side, and dangerously reach into the water.

My grandpa would calmly turn off the engine, turn around, and say: “Whatever You do, Don’t Panic!”

Uncommon Sense

This simple advice has saved my arse time and time again over the course of my life. It might seem like common sense, but the older I get, the more I realize that common sense is often the least common kind. I have seen panic strike many times, crippling people in their work, their investments, and their lives.