The Overwhelming Power of Fear (and how to break it down)

Last week I spent close to an hour trying to convince a 17 year old student not to throw away a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. It was one of the most intense and honest conversations I've had in 16 years of working in higher education. The student is a participant in a six-week residential summer program at the university … Continue reading The Overwhelming Power of Fear (and how to break it down)

Don’t Be a Dream Drifter

About two years ago, a middle-aged higher education colleague did something that shocked many of us. He left a secure, well-paying, prestigious job to fulfill a childhood dream of owning a candy store. Those of us he left behind were either shaking our heads, wondering if he’d gone mad, or were in a state of … Continue reading Don’t Be a Dream Drifter