Turn It Off

Last weekend I found myself constantly glued to my phone screen, refreshing facebook and the pages app to help spread the newest video we had released on Friday afternoon for Zion Politics.

It was horrible. I couldn’t put down the phone. I was up late, I was checking it at church, and was distracted from being a present husband and Dad.

So, this week, I turned it off. Continue reading Turn It Off

When It Happens To You

Our charter school is going through some investigation with the state school board. It’s been interesting to watch it play out, but it made me think about how people reach in different situations. 

It’s really easy to sit in the bleachers or the sidelines and talk about how you’d handle a situation, and how your opinions change when all of a sudden it’s not so far removed. 

When it’s your school. Or your friends. Or your business. Or your kids. 

Overall what I think is important is to spend time thinking about what you would do in X situation, and try to be as principled as possible. If you’re guided by principles throughout your life, the tough decisions like transparency, honesty, and admitting when you’re wrong become easier in the moment. 

Christopher Clark on Directing

Last night I attended the monthly Creative Collaborative meetup here in Provo UT, featuring one of my favorite humans Chris Clark.

Chris is a theater director, as well as a producer, writer, and actor. His remarks were very poignant and I wanted to share a few takeaways.

What was amazing was how universal his points were. Rather than specific technical ways to become a better theater director, they came across more as universal truths. Continue reading Christopher Clark on Directing

I Want To Be Jason Fried When I Grow Up

I’ve been a Jason Fried fan for years now. It probably started when I stumbled across ReWork, which I purchased on October 29, 2013 and promptly devoured. Every once and a while a book will engulf me so fully that it’s only when I put it down that I realize it’s 2am and I haven’t moved in hours.

This was one of those books.

I realize only now what I felt then: this book is different. Even the format of the book goes against the norms. I could feel that these authors were doing something different and that I needed to pay attention.

Fast forward a few years and I’m following Jason literally everywhere I can. Twitter. Instagram. Medium. Oh, and his podcast. I’ve read all of his posts, watched his Ted talks. Man, this is starting to sound creepy.

All this is to say that after all this time, it wasn’t until today that I signed up for Basecamp, the product his company makes and has made for well over a decade.

I don’t know why I was surprised. The product is brilliant. It’s slack/email/Dropbox/asana all wrapped in one minimalistic, simple, intuitive product. I was shaking my head, mainly at myself for waiting this long to try it out.

From the very first second you login it’s different from anything else out there.

This post isn’t about Basecamp though. It’s about how much I admire Jason and the way he’s structured his business and his life. How he takes care of his company and his employees. How incredibly successful he and Basecamp are.

Plus, he’s a writer. I set out to write 100 days in a row because I wanted to become better at thinking. The writing is a byproduct. I wouldn’t be surprised if Jason got many of the principles he lives by from his writing and thinking practice.

So, that’s why I want to be more like him. I think we all need people we can emulate that fit the kind of life we want to emulate. I’m not sure you can do bunch better than Jason.