Thank You Microsoft….and Hello!

Thank You Microsoft and Hello!

After 5 incredible months off I’m back at Microsoft in a job that was created for me.  I am overwhelmed with how incredible the time off was and how blessed I am to be back at Microsoft. If you don’t have time to read the blog here are the highlights of my time off:

  • I enjoyed my family
  • I was head coach of my son’s junior football team (6-7 year-olds)
  • I joined a startup and quickly realized it wasn’t going to work
  • I wrote my first book-Pain Drives Change-in 45 days!
  • I learned a TON
  • I vacationed in Eastern Washington, the Oregon Coast and San Juan Islands
  • I got extreme clarity on my vision for the second half of my life
  • I once again realized how incredible Microsoft is as a company and was blessed to be re-hired after my first interview loop!

This blog is the “story behind the story”. Continue reading Thank You Microsoft….and Hello!

I just finished my final edits for my book “Pain Drives Change”


Editing is much harder than I ever imagined.  It took me longer to edit my book “Pain Drives Change” than it did to write it!

But it needed to be edited.  My first draft was written stream of consciousness.  My editor then took my stream of consciousness writing and cleaned it up significantly.  I then took his edits and modified some of the content.

It turns out that I didn’t know the full story when I wrote the original version-I learned more in the process of talking with my mom and dad while they each wrote their letters that are included in the book.

Continue reading I just finished my final edits for my book “Pain Drives Change”

Famous People with Bipolar Disorder

I’m doing some research on bipolar and I was shocked to find this group of famous people with bipolar disorder:


  • Beethoven
  • Winston Churchill
  • Carrie Fischer
  • Mel Gibson
  • Catherine Zeta-Jones
  • Marilyn Monroe
  • Jean-Claude Van Damme
  • Kurt Cobain
  • Frank Sinatra
  • Demi Lovato
  • Edgar Allen Poe
  • Richard Dreyfuss

Bipolar disorder (manic-depressive illness) is a neurobiological disorder that severely affects approximately 5.5 million Americans age 18 or older, or 2.6 percent of the adult population. An estimated 51% of individuals with this condition are untreated in any given year.

Bipolar doesn’t have to be debilitating and it doesn’t mean you’re crazy.  You can be wildly successful if you have bipolar, but you have to take full responsibility for treating your bipolar disorder. The list of famous people with bipolar disorder above clearly shows this.

In my book “Pain Drives Change” I share the wreckage bipolar had on my personal life and I share how I overcame it.


What I Learned From My Sleep Study-Part 1

I came across a very interesting infographic yesterday from Michael Hyatt that summarized the importance of sleep.

“If you are a high-achiever, this might be the single most important tip I could give you for improving your productivity.” Michael Hyatt

I was shocked to discover that the world’s top athletes get significantly more sleep than the average of 6 hours 44 minutes, Lebron James gets as much as 12 hours of sleep!

I’ve been tracking my sleep for nearly a year with my Microsoft Band. While not an apples to apples comparison with the data mentioned above (it was collected with a Zeo), it is still very intriguing. Continue reading What I Learned From My Sleep Study-Part 1

I Wrote My Book In 45 Days!

Wow!  I just penned my last words to my first book, Pain Drives Change.  I started 45 days ago and didn’t have a clue about how long it would take or when I would finish, but I knew I needed to write it.

47,824 words and an estimated 191 pages later I’m done!  I’ve learned a lot in the process of writing my book: Continue reading I Wrote My Book In 45 Days!

Pain Drives Change-I’m almost finished writing my first book!

On January 13, 1999 I placed my video camera on a tripod and began video journaling the season of my life that transformed me into the man I am today.  I had just separated from my wife and moved into a small house in the slums of South Seattle.Video Journal Snippet  I had no idea how much emotional pain I’d be facing in the years to come and I had no idea that I’d need this pain to turn me into the man God created me to be.  For some reason I knew that I wanted to immortalize this season of my life through my video journal and so I began. Continue reading Pain Drives Change-I’m almost finished writing my first book!

The Pain of Divorce

I just finished writing Chapter 7, “The Pain of Divorce” and I came across some interesting statistics on the divorce rate in America.

It is difficult to say which statistics are fully accurate, but my research indicates that greater than 40% of marriages end in divorce.

According to enrichment journal on the divorce rate in America: Continue reading The Pain of Divorce

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