Meandering With Purpose

The other day I received an email from someone who recently watched a webinar of mine on Goal-Free Living. He wrote: “Your message came to me at the right time, as I’ve recently found myself (painfully) closing a chapter of my life—walking away from a business right as it...

When Sameness is Goodness

Today is my 50th birthday.After reflecting on what has transpired over the last year, I realized that the past 12 months were a lot like the year before that.My income is pretty much the same.I am still giving the same number of speeches on innovation. I’m on the road the...

Continue Buying Those Lattes

The way you ask a question will have a profound impact on how you answer it. This is a fundamentally critical concept in the world of innovation. If you are working on a problem/opportunity, changing just one word can influence the types of solutions you get. I’ve discussed this...

Resolutions That Can’t Fail

It is that time of year when everyone sets their New Year’s Resolutions. But only 8% of people are always successful in achieving the desired results. 92% fail!  (if you are interested in some fascinating statistics about resolutions, read this article: Interesting N...

Facts About Happiness That May Surprise You

Today’s Friday Fun Fact… At the end of this month, I will be speaking in Copenhagen at a Happiness at Work Conference.  This got me thinking about what it is that makes people truly joyous. Business Insider gathered some research on this topic and amassed 36...

To Set Goals or Not Set Goals, That is the Question

Today’s Friday Fun Fact… My Monday Morning Movie discussed some concepts from my book, Goal-Free Living. I have long questioned the practice of goal setting.  My book (published in 2006) challenged traditional thinking about goal setting and discusses how we can not...

Meander with Purpose

Today’s Monday Morning Movie… Back in 2003 I drove across the country with no plans and no agenda. It turned out to be a life changing experience. After that trip, I wrote Goal-Free Living. In this video I discuss two concepts from the book: “Use a Compass, Not...

Not Wanting What You Want

Some will claim that a component to happiness and success involves detachment.  That is, not worrying about how things turn out. But this is easier said than done! People want what they want.  And the more you try to not want something, the more you focus on it. How do you break...

Podcast: Interview with Author of “The Antidote”

Today I am thrilled to share with you a 45 minute conversation between me and Oliver Burkeman, the author of The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking. I met Oliver several years ago. We got connected through a book review he did back in 2007 for...

How Goals Kill Luck

Richard Wiseman is the author of many great books, including The Luck Factor.  I’ve spoken with Richard on several occasions, and we share a similar perspective: a myopic focus on goals can reduce how lucky someone is. Dan Pink (an endorser of my Goal-Free Living book, and...