No Gatekeeper Here

We live in the Connection Age. Gone are the days of publisher gatekeepers who step in and take care of petty emails from readers. I love this age much more than the previous. I had three encounters in the past month that showed why this is a much better age than the last.

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Opportunities to Train

I tend to grumble at training, but there is growth in each opportunity

I’m coming out of my busy work season, closing my yearly curriculum-writing routine that I’ve repeated since 1998. I’m getting focused on other important matters. I have three to share with you, and I bet you’ll appreciate that which I’m learning from each.

Picture taken while training for a climb. Why would I grumble over this?

Picture taken while training for a climb. Why would I grumble over this?

Debate Resolutions Coming Back

We're still talking about that case from 2009

The debater on the right, Josh Craddock, is a student at Harvard Law School who was published last week in Harvard’s Journal on Legislation. Guess what he used? The same case that brought him to NCFCA Nationals in 2009!

Carabellos Craddock debating

Josh Craddock (right) with his partner, Zack, at the 2009 NCFCA National Tournament.

Growing a Membership

I'm taking Stu McClaren's Tribe Course, and it's going great

Stu McClaren asked me, “What is it that drives you to create a membership site?” Let me tell you who Stu is, give my public answer to his question, and invite you to two things that I bet will be of benefit to you.

Platform Conference 2014

Stu McClaren (bottom right) at the Platform Conference in Tennesee. This is where he planted the seed in my mind for a membership site.

Olympians Are Polyphasic Sleepers

Olympic champs are trained to take quick naps before competition

I am a polyphasic sleeper, meaning I structure my sleep schedule to maximize my sleep efficiency by structuring several naps through the day. Turns out that Olympians do the same.

I take naps in cars often. Apparently, just like Michael Phelps.

I take naps in cars often. Apparently, just like Michael Phelps.

When I’m most disciplined, I get four hours of sleep per 24 hour cycle. This allows for 28 more hours of productive awake time per week. I have adjusted this more radical sleep schedule to add two hours per night and a reduction of one nap per day (down to two). In all, I get 6 hours and 20 minutes of sleep per 24 hour cycle. Still, this is an additional 12 hours of productivity per week.

Benedict Bernie

I don't agree with his politics, but I, too, was let down

I know a lot of liberals. I find most of them to be loving, life-giving and freedom-believing people. The ones I knew were big Bernie Sanders believers, and in a way, that gave me hope.

Bernie Sanders was given a great opportunity to pivot on principle.

Bernie Sanders was given a great opportunity to pivot on principle.

The Solution to the Next Orlando

Gun and Muslim control are red herring solutions that leave us vulnerable

With a tragedy like Orlando (and San Bernardino, Colorado Springs, Chattanooga, and Charleston of the last year), I search for answers. But it is almost impossible to find them amidst the social media pontification from the Left and the Right. Both are obnoxious and critically wrong. I feel we are sitting ducks for another senseless murder.

Omar Mateem

How do you stop lunatics like this? No one seems to have the solution.

Photos from NITOC 2016

Plus links to others for viewing, sharing and tagging

I had the privilege of being part of the four-member photography team at the National Invitational Tournament of Champions last week in Springfield, Missouri. Here are photos plus links to other photos for viewing, sharing and tagging.

Tournament Director Joanne Quan giving announcements.

Tournament Director Joanne Quan giving announcements.