C.C. writes about the world around him with a unique perspective as a thought leader, influencer and entrepreneur.
Travel and exploring the world is in my DNA. That sense of wanderlust is always buzzing just below the surface and when it begins percolating I crave adventure.
Yesterday, it kicked into high gear and for now I’ll have to settle for the magical circus that will be SXSW next weekend.
This morning I decided to go through some of my travel memories by looking at my hotel notepads.Pin It
Remember when we were growing up and our parents told us to never talk to strangers?
While the sentiment makes sense, you’d never make a new friend if you listened to it all the time.Pin It
It is that time of year once again when tens of thousands of geeks, musicians, filmmakers, organizations and brands descend on Austin, Texas for the annual SXSW conference.
To call it simply a conference doesn’t even begin to describe the experience of spending any amount of time in Austin between March 8th and 17th.
I wouldn’t miss it for the world and while my stay is shorter than in years past, I wanted to let you know where to find me and share a few tips for getting the most out of your time there.Pin It
I’ve worked remotely for over six years. During that time I’ve been part of launching two successful companies, worked on numerous projects for clients of all sizes and have found lots of success.
Obviously I’m completely biased because the concept of workshifting is one that I firmly believe in and I write about quite often. As long as I have an Internet connection I can work from anywhere in the world. The technology continues to improve and make this even easier.
That is why when Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer decided that working from home was no longer an option for their employees it gave me pause.Pin It
This post has been brewing in my head for over a year.Pin It
The quiet moments on the road are my favorite ones.
Sure, the rush that comes from giving a keynote always fills the soul with positive energy and feels great. But, after all the airports, hotel rooms and late nights, it is the quiet moments of travel that I cherish.Pin It
Seattle is a big city and I’m here to give the morning keynote at WOMMFest later this morning.
On a whim I reached out to Chase Jarvis to see if there was any way we could meet while I’m in town. He is a busy man, but I figured it couldn’t hurt to ask.
If you are not familiar with Chase, he is an extremely creative photographer and visual storyteller. His show Chase Jarvis Live is some of the most inspirational and best produced content on the Internet and for years I’ve followed and respected his work. When he replied to my message with his phone number I was shocked and excited.Pin It
Why is everyone scared of being themselves? What fills people with the feeling that they need to be just like everyone else?
I tell crowds of people all the time that “normal is boring” and I mean it. Being vanilla and conforming to how you think you should be acting is no way to live your life.Pin It
Our world is full of conflict, suffering and problems that need our attention.
One that still gets me every time I think about it, is the problem of not enough clean, safe drinking water in the world.
That is why when I heard about the 40 Days of Water campaign it got my attention. Blood:Water Mission, the organization behind this challenge, is a grassroots organization that empowers communities to work together against the HIV/AIDS and water crises in Africa.
While I won’t be participating myself, I did want to shine a light on this campaign and the work they are doing.Pin It
A well lived life is one full of good people, good times and great memories. These past few days certainly added all three to my life.
Yet, as I sit here in my office looking out at white of New England in every direction, my mind is still processing all that I learned this past weekend as I became one of the first UN Foundation Social Good Fellows and the greater world all around me beyond the snow outside my windows.Pin It
Earlier this week, I kicked off the Amazing Things Will Happen book tour in Ann Arbor and Detroit, Michigan.Pin It
This morning I stood outside the central parking garage at Boston Logan Airport.
The chill of six am New England was biting and several of us waited for the elevator ding on the 7th floor. Our crowd grew as it appeared the elevator wasn’t fully awake either.
The doors opened and we began piling in. I paused and motioned for the two women to go first. The other men around me had decided they didn’t need to let them go first. I was raised better than that.Pin It
There are moments in your life that you’ll remember forever.
Some will be the simplest and smallest of happenings. Others will be epic life changing events.
On November 24, 2012 I stood just out of sight at TEDxLacemarket in Nottingham, England and prepared to deliver my first ever TEDxTalk. I had the perfect blender of nerves, adrenaline and words flying around inside me as it became time to take the stage.Pin It
I love to experience life to the fullest and share those experiences with the world around me. It is part of my DNA as an explorer and storyteller.
The tools of social media empower me to do this in ways I couldn’t have imagined just a few short years ago.
It wasn’t easy for me to decide to stop using Instagram after how they acted last year. I enjoyed using the platform to share my travels and I loved the interaction with people around the globe. But, with a simple post of a photo, I stopped using it.Pin It