Why Trying an Entrepreneurial Venture May Not Be As Risky As You Think

by Lane Wallace

“Why Doesn’t Everybody…”?
For years, I have joked about this iconic question, usually posed by innocent people who do not have any first-hand experience with the (fill-in-the-blank) topic they’re asking about. Lane’s rule of thumb: If everybody doesn’t do something … whether it’s start their own business, renovate their own house, or own a polished-aluminum airplane [...]

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Are Mid-Life Crises Inevitable?

by Lane Wallace

I began my new year (the 7th one writing this blog!) with the unexpected treat of dinner with two friends I’ve known since I was 12 years old. In truth, they are the only friends I’ve known since I was 12. But I know I’m lucky to still have something in common and keep in [...]

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Intrinsic Gifts in an Imperfect World

by Lane Wallace

The holiday season, as delightful as all the lights and decorations are, can actually be a tough time to feel happy, because we’re bombarded on all sides with images of “perfect” lives and holidays–and we humans, it turns out, depend quite heavily on comparing our lives with others when we decide how happy we are. [...]

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Misunderstanding Passion

by Lane Wallace

Anyone who’s read much of my work knows that I’m a big believer in the power of passion. I’ve even began researching a book on the topic (it’s in the queue, after I finish my current project on the power and importance of voice).
Having said that, I’m also well aware that the word “passion” is [...]

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New Adventure: Underwater Flight

by Lane Wallace

Although I’ve had more than my share of physical adventure in my life, most of my posts and discussions on this blog have to do with bigger life adventure, and the questions, issues, and decisions that influence our professional and personal paths. When the opportunity presents itself, however, I still have a passion for physical [...]

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Jon Stewart’s Lesson for Other Professionals

by Lane Wallace

Last night, Jon Stewart signed off as the host of The Daily Show, his award-winning late-night talk/variety/political satire and critique show, after a run of 16 years and almost 2,600 episodes. For starters, that represents a prolific amount of creative output. (By comparison: the popular television show Cheers produced only 275 original episodes, Friends produced [...]

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Is “Meaning” Really Meaningless?

by Lane Wallace

I talk a lot, on this site, about the importance of purpose and meaning, especially in terms of how to weigh conflicting life decisions. I devoted two posts in December (More Evidence on the Power of Purpose and Community and More on the Importance of a Meaningful Job and Path), in fact, to the the power [...]

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In Search of Greatness, Part II: The Laws of Nature and Trade-Offs

by Lane Wallace

When I was growing up, my father repeatedly told me that I could be anything I wanted to be, if I wanted it badly enough. It was wonderful aspirational encouragement, and I love him for being so supportive of my dreams. But in truth, he was only partly right. No matter how badly I might [...]

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In Search of Greatness Part I: Mt. Everest Then and Now

by Lane Wallace

Compared to the thousands recently killed in the cities and towns of Nepal, the 18 climbers and Sherpas lost on Mt. Everest in an avalanche caused by the first of recent earthquakes there is a small number. But it still rates as the worst annual death toll so far on the mountain, topping even last [...]

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Can You Be an Explorer if You Sit at a Desk?

by Lane Wallace

The Explorer’s Club, now a prestigious New York institution, was founded in 1904 with the mission of advancing “field research and the ideal that it is vital to preserve the instinct to explore.” The club is famous for its luminary members’ “firsts” (although many of those people were made honorary members after the fact): first [...]

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