How are you doing so far this week? I hope you’re feeling strong about how your prioritizing and moving through this week’s adventures! Today I have three stories to share: one on the power of urgency, another on clear and creative thinking, and a third on how people rationalize unethical behavior. And this week’s charitable organization in the spotlight is Charity: Water.

  • This first one is from Steve Eakin, founder of Startup Blackbelt writing for Entrepreneur, who talks about his sense of urgency and why he finds it to be a valuable business tool.
  • Here’s a smart piece in Make It by Marguerite Ward and Kathryn Dill on breaking out of linear thinking by creating a mind map for yourself. Investing in this simple, creative approach to thinking through challenges and opportunities is energizing and sure to spark some new ideas. I love its simplicity and hey, you can use colorful markers!


Non-Profit Spotlight: Charity: Water

Did you know Charity: Water was founded by Scott Harrison, a guy from New Jersey (born in Philly, grew up in Hunterdon County, NJ) ? This global not-for-profit is dedicated to improving technologies used for sourcing and purifying water. I’ve supported Charity Water for years for two main reasons: 1) We’re all united by our need for clean drinking water and 2) We’re all going to need the technologies Charity: Water and others are pioneering as drinkable water becomes more scarce and global populations rise. Oh, and climate change, can’t forget that. Charity: Water scores an impressive 91.16 on Charity Navigator’s 100-point scale (and scores 100% for transparency). Click on Charity: Water to learn more about the innovation brilliance of this organization and its amazing team of volunteers.


And remember, your one-hour respite to business owner balance is just an Owlthena session away. To vent. To explore. To validate. I’m here to listen (and to offer advice if you want it once we’ve helped you get your mind clear).