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Mixed Signals to Our Society

I had planned on talking about something else this week, but just before I got down to business I saw a post on a friend’s Facebook wall that absolutely floored me.  Meet Ahmed Mohamed, a 14-year-old inventor. He made a rather sophisticated clock that required an understanding of electronics, programming, and a bit of fun. […]

The Communication Gap

How does this sound to you: We will transition integrated articulation to close the achievement gap. Or this? We will agendize multidisciplinary explicit direct instruction within professional learning communities. This is what we call bullshit jargon. It’s a word salad of impressive sounding syllables thrown together in attempt to amaze. Frankly, though, it just makes eyes glaze […]

It’s time to grow a spine

I could spend blog post after blog post for years trying to convince you it’s not safe to be an entrepreneur, but it’s so worth the journey. There are already a million (I didn’t count) blogs out there already centred around this. Some of them are horse shit, others are not. While I could easily […]

Is It Really A Leap?

We use some pretty interesting language to describe how we feel about change in life, especially when it seems like a huge change. English novelist, among other things, David Lawrence wrote: Life is a travelling to the edge of knowledge, then a leap taken. — D. H. Lawrence Woah. That’s pretty dramatic, no? It almost sounds […]

Being an entrepreneur will make you cry

Fear and being a business owner go hand in hand. We worry about whether we are doing the right things to get notice… then we worry about being noticed because of what will they think. We can’t help but think it. Even the most secure of us still wonders what they could be doing differently, better, […]

Learning to Take Flight [Interview with Jeff Goins]

All of my students have heard me quoting from Art of Work lately, and I’ve even mentioned here on the blog once. On Goodreads it has 4.3 stars and lots of good reviews, it even hit the USA Today and Amazon best seller lists. Lots of people are talking about this book and very excited. Why all […]

Life is a beautiful, messy, chaotic garden of choices

Here in the background of everything going on at Insanitek, life is a chaotic mess. My fiancé has carpel tunnel, and it’s impairing his ability to work at his day job. Luckily he just got offered a part time job at a job he really wants — even though it won’t help pay the bills […]

Dig deep and find your courage

No matter where you look on the internet, there are tales of triumph and glory from the underdog coming up from nothing and succeeding. It’s a story we all cheer for, and we just can’t get enough of it. They make us feel good inside as we cheer on the underdog, but it also makes […]

It takes guts to live life by your rules

It feels like we are often fighting an unending balance between what is expected of us and what we want to truly do. It’s a war between cultural traditions with all the expectations to go with it and the desire to break the status quo and reach higher. Why? From the time we are born […]

The Alternatives to University

For the sake of argument, let’s say you decided that the ROI of higher education isn’t what it’s cracked up to be. It’s OK, most of us really don’t think the debt and stress of debt was worth it. But in the end you decide that you really, really want a career in a science related field, […]