Ecologist to… Happiness Engineer? The evolution of one career in support.

Growing up, I did well in math and science -- areas I was told repeatedly I was special to do well in. I felt a sense of rarity, and thought, "If I'm good in these, when others struggle, then this is where I should direct my life." By the time I arrived in college, it did not occur … Continue reading Ecologist to… Happiness Engineer? The evolution of one career in support.

What can I contribute?

Originally published on Butterfly Mind, February 2016. Effective executives focus on outward contributions. They gear their efforts to results rather than to work. They start out with the question, "What results are expected of me?" rather than with the work to be done. -- Peter F. Drucker, The Effective Executive I love checklists. I love … Continue reading What can I contribute?

The joys of being an amateur

Originally published on Butterfly Mind, August 2015. I recently listened to the TED Radio Hour's episode, Amateur Hour, which shared several funny and insightful stories of people in positions as novices. One story was about a "professional amateur," A.J. Jacobs, writer and editor-at-large of Esquire magazine, who lives his life as an experiment. He constantly … Continue reading The joys of being an amateur