Inspiration and wisdom from George Saunders’s Graduation Speech

Success without kindness seems like an empty endeavor. George Saunders put it best in his graduation speech at Syracuse: Do all the other things, the ambitious things – travel, get rich, get famous, innovate, lead, fall in love, make and lose fortunes, swim naked in wild jungle rivers (after first having it tested for monkey poop) – but as you …

Helping People AND Running a Successful Business with David Ingalls of Zing Bars

David Ingalls is the CEO and one of the founders of Zing bars which makes nutrition bars without allergy-aggravating gluten, wheat or soy protein. David received his undergraduate degree from Yale University and graduated from Bastyr University with a Masters in Nutrition. He has a private practice at the Seattle Healing Arts Center has been practicing as a registered dietitian …

Book Review: Poke the Box by Seth Godin

Do you look around and see opportunities to make things better? Do you have an idea that you just KNOW will make a difference in your life or someone else’s life? What’s stopping you from doing something about it? Seth Godin’s manifesto on becoming a starter, Poke the Box, is a kick in ass to become the difference-maker that the …

Getting the Most Out of Medical School – Interview with Ryan Robbins ND

Ryan Robbins is Bastyr alumnus and a first-year resident at the Bastyr Center for Natural Health. In this interview, he shares his experience as a recent graduate and a resident, in addition to advice for getting the most out of medical school and preparing to practice once you finish your medical training.

Thanksgiving. Everyday.

It was the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, and I had been at the airport or on a plane for the past 10 hours. I had a lot of time to think. I wanted to complain, but a have a lot of things to be thankful for. Instead of complaining, I made a list of reasons why I can’t complain. I’m thankful …

But Are You Putting Your Heart Into It?

If you follow the 49ers, you probably heard that second year running back, Glen Coffee retired after just one season in the NFL. He is only 23 years old and was likely the primary backup for starting running back, Frank Gore. How could he voluntarily retire after just one season? Isn’t it every young athlete’s dream to play at the …

Embrace The Fact That You WILL SUCK

As a person who gets hung up with trying to do things perfectly before taking action, I personally know that perfectionism can be a silent killer. I’m sure some of you can relate. The fear of making mistakes and embarrassing yourself is real fear, but will you allow this fear to prevent you from achieving your goals? Realize that when …

Mindset is THE Difference Maker

Mindset + Action + Circumstances = Outcome I’m learning more and more that my mindset going into any given situation greatly effects the outcome. When I have a pessimistic mindset, I miss opportunities and lose out. When I have an optimistic mindset, I embrace the situation and usually have a more rewarding experience than if I had not. Imagine two …