2020: A Pandemic, Depression and Murder Hornets … And It’s Not Even June Yet

I recently landed at Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix. I called an Uber and waited curbside for it. When the Uber arrived, I did the customary dance of moving to the rear of the car to load my luggage. The driver popped out of the car (still part of the dance), and I noticed he […]

On the (Virtual) road with Notes To My Son

My virtual book tour for Notes To My Son starts Monday, March 9 and continues to Friday, March 27, 2020. The tour will include some guest blog posts from me, interviews, and also reviews of the book. I hope you’ll check it out!  (Scroll down for a link to the schedule.)  If you’ve never heard of […]

Note 27: Is Ambition Arrogant?


The definition of ambition is a strong desire to achieve something, typically requiring determination and hard work. I’d like to break ambition down into two parts, the first being “blind ambition.” This could be a pathway that leads you to do things you may regret in your rearview later on. For example, if you have […]

First Christmas

Life is full of firsts these days. My son’s first bite of food, his first shaky attempt to crawl, his first giggle, his first word “dada” (kidding there, honey). Every day presents a fresh opportunity for something new to happen. Last week was my son’s first Christmas. Now I had been taking copious notes while […]

The Power of Freedom (Note 26)

I don’t mean freedom in the context of human rights. I’m not even talking about the Bill of Rights here. I’m talking about the concept of freedom in the context of entrepreneurship. Most of us wish to be empowered. Empowerment means having the autonomy to make crucial decisions, and it comes from a build-up of […]

Summit’s first plane trip

Now I don’t run from a challenge. Be it races, exams, promotions, dating (pre-Ash), checked-out employees or trying to have a non-emotionally charged political debate with my family, I seek out and relish difficult tasks. Based on some pre-game scouting at airports, I had an idea that traveling with a baby would be difficult. I […]