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The Catalyst Newsletter

A weekly newsletter to catalyze high achieving people and organizations to reach their potential and make a lasting difference in the world.

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All it takes is twenty seconds of insane courage...

Thursday, May 11, 2023 Twenty seconds of insane courage can change your life. Last week, I shared about 5 Ways to Use Fear to Your Advantage where I touched briefly on courage. What is courage? Courage is action in the face of fear. In the movie, We Bought a Zoo with Matt Damon, he takes his two children to the restaurant where he met his now deceased wife. Walking by on the street, he suddenly spotted her through the window and stopped dead in his tracks. He thought to himself, All I need is...

A weekly newsletter to help you reach your potential and make a difference in the world. In this engaging episode, host Josiah Ball sits down with Kent Murawski for a thought-provoking discussion on the essence of coaching. The conversation spans various topics, including Kent's strategies for preventing burnout and his unique perspective on authenticity. Kent shares valuable insights from his coaching experience, offering listeners practical advice on personal and professional growth. From...

A weekly newsletter to help you reach your potential and make a difference in the world. Before I begin, there was an error in last week's newsletter. I wrote, "This summer I'll be teaching The Purpose Adventure curriculum to 200 young people at the Ron Burton Training Village." Though there are 200 students overall (100 young men and 100 young women), I will be teaching 15-25 students in each camp, not 200. Now, on to today's newsletter! As an avid listener of podcasts myself, I've enjoyed...

A weekly newsletter to help you reach your potential and make a difference in the world. If you live in America, happy Fourth of July and belated Juneteenth! Summertime often comes with unique opportunities, both personally and professionally. This summer I'll be teaching The Purpose Adventure curriculum to 200 young people at the Ron Burton Training Village. Me and Jon at the Ron Burton Training Village with Marcell, Program Director The Ron Burton Training Village (RBTV) is a testament to...

A weekly newsletter to help you reach your potential and make a difference in the world. For the next 5 weeks, your inbox won't be graced with my usual weekly pearls of wisdom. You’re heartbroken, I know! Instead, you will be treated with something different but equally as good - several podcasts I’ve appeared on over the last few months and some pertinent updates that I think will be helpful to you. Here’s the good part: all these posts are already locked and loaded. Why? Because yours truly...

A weekly newsletter to help you reach your potential and make a difference in the world. When you are running on fumes, everything becomes more difficult. For example, writer's block is not something I often experience. It's usually a symptom of a deeper issue rather than the root cause itself. For the record, I have a deep well of content I could post, but I've found this to be true in any creative endeavor: If it’s not life-giving for you, it won’t be life-giving for others. If you're a...

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A weekly newsletter to help you reach your potential and make a difference in the world. Have you ever felt like there is no more gas in the tank? Like you can’t take another step? After two weeks of nearly constant activity, that’s how I feel. Tired. Emotionally spent. Exhausted. Unfortunately, I can’t just take the day off and watch Netflix, much as I’d like to. I know I’m running on fumes because I don’t even feel like writing this newsletter, which is rare. The truth is, I’m not sure what...

A weekly newsletter to help you reach your potential and make a difference in the world. Does life feel insane right now? Here’s what to do… Over the last 3-4 weeks, I’ve onboarded two new leaders for executive coaching, submitted a formal proposal for an 8-week summer speaking gig at a premier camp for young people, and traveled to Florida and the Bahamas for my Mom’s 80th birthday celebration. This week my son “graduates” from fifth grade in a school he’s called home for six years, my...

A weekly newsletter to help you reach your potential and make a difference in the world. I will be out of the office from May 23, 2024, to May 29, 2024, on a cruise with my extended family for my Mom’s 80th birthday. Which is why I’m not writing an in-depth article this week! I realized that in doing so, I would be striving to get it done and it wouldn’t be life-giving for me or you. Plus, I'm not taking my laptop with me and didn't want to feel the pressure to write while on vacation. Most...

A weekly newsletter to help you reach your potential and make a difference in the world. What do beer, maple bacon donuts, and the Red Sox have in common? I recently went to a Boston Red Sox game with my friend, Joe Reed, and we had so much fun! We met early for dinner and a beer. Later, we stumbled upon Union Square Donuts where I had a maple bacon donut. It was amazing (see picture below)! At the game, we chatted about life, watched a little baseball, had a good laugh watching people do...

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A weekly newsletter to help you reach your potential and make a difference in the world. Despite its popularity, being present is hard to practice. Last summer my family visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art while on vacation in NYC. A vast museum representing a treasure trove of world history, the Met is a wonder to behold, and our visit didn’t disappoint. During our trip, it just so happened that the museum was featuring over 40 works from Vincent Van Gogh, one of my favorite impressionist...