Inspiration and Aspiration

The words inspiration and aspiration are often used interchangeably, and I think it’s important that we draw a clearer distinction. Inspiration is defined as, “the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something.” Aspiration is, “a hope or ambition of achieving something.” Stimulation versus ambition. Excitement versus action. And most significantly, external versus [Keep Reading…]

The Honor and Burden of Chairing a Conference

I attend a lot of conferences. Okay, more than a lot — an ungodly amount. Just check the Conferences tag on this blog. Attending them is a ball, inspirational but tiring. Speaking at them is a privilege, stressful but rewarding. Organizing them…now that isn’t something I’d wish on my worst enemy. Why? Because it’s a [Keep Reading…]