Category: A-Ha Moments

19 Apr

2016 hit me really hard, but I learned 5 amazing life lessons

2016 turned out to be the toughest year I’ve ever experienced. I haven’t written about it publicly until now because I wasn’t ready. But I’m ready now. I know some of you already know what happened. Many of you don’t know, and a week doesn’t go by where I don’t field questions about what happened. […]

10 Nov

Love Still Trumps Hate – Post Election Reflection

My nephew is Indian/German/Irish. His skin tone and dark eyes reflect his Indian heritage more than his German/Irish side. He doesn’t get a choice in being a person of color as he makes his way through the world. A week prior to the US election, he came home from school (he’s 7 years old) and […]

08 May

We hit heavy plane turbulence in flight

On a flight out of NYC, the plane hit heavy turbulence and bounced around. The guy next to me squeezed his eyes close and dug his nails into the arm rest. A lady in front of me started reciting a bible verse out loud. The couple across from me held hands and kissed each other…as […]

01 May

Letting go of goal setting

A guest speaker came to campus to talk to the student business club about how to increase sales. Rafael, a senior in college who also owns an online t-shirt company, excitedly filled his notebook with tips and ideas the guest speaker shared. Towards the end of the lecture, Rafael wrote in big bold print a […]

23 Apr

When I’m the best version of myself…

When I’m the best version of myself, I’m at peace with myself, my progress, and the world around me. With Myself – I love who I am and who I will be, and I’m at peace with who I was. I embrace my strengths and acknowledge my weaknesses. I can be by myself, with only […]

07 Apr

What Does The White Man Want?

I had dinner tonight with Deanna Latson and Patrick Combs talking about a variety of topics. At one point I asked them about which direction they thought would be best to take Swift Kick between adding an additional channel to focus on corporate culture training, or to continue to build out services for student leaders […]

15 May

Feeling Anxiety Around Not Being Good Enough

Comedian Louis CK does this bit about how NYC does an amazing job of putting you in your place no matter how good things are. Here’s a segment from his show… “If you woke up that morning feeling particularly good looking, don’t worry because on your way to work, you’ll pass a pack of supermodels […]

09 Apr

The Beginner’s Mind

The student walked into his academic advisor’s office to talk about the upcoming year. With a high head and full ego about his life, the obviously confident student hardly stopped to breath while jumping from one topic to another. His advisor patiently listened while finding it harder and harder to processes everything her student was […]

24 Feb

[Cross Post] The Rule of Thirds and Your Professional Development

A-Ha Moments, Cross Post No Comments by Tom Krieglstein

Think about your typical work week. Now think about the amount of time you spend in each of these three areas: – With students you’re mentoring – With supportive peers equal to you – With mentors 10-20 years ahead of you How balanced is your time between the three groups? If you are like me, […]

21 Feb

Stop Striving for Work-Life Balance and Start Integrating

A-Ha Moments, Self Insight No Comments by Tom Krieglstein

At our office, I balance on a Reebok Balance Board while working at my standing desk. One reason for my unique work environment is that the research behind sitting for eight hours a day is dismal and can lead to early death, even if that person works out at some later point in the day. […]