About Me


Here's a quick recap of 40 years of life.

Born in Boulder. Went to college at Stanford. Got hooked on jazz and philosophy. Made the "pragmatic" call to become a philosopher and learn to live the good life.

Got an MA at Stanford, followed by a PhD at Princeton in political philosophy. At the end of 10 years of intense philosophical training, didn't exactly experience human flourishing. Instead, I burned out.

Ended up as an assistant professor at Pepperdine for four years, where I wrote The Morality of Spin, a book about the ethics of political rhetoric.

Left my cushy tenure-track job in 2012 to keep exploring this crazy idea of philosophy as a way of life. Met Eric Langshur. Cofounded LifeXTa human performance training program, and coauthored the NYT bestseller Start Here: Master The Lifelong Skill of Wellbeing.

You'll now find me writing all sorts of articles about what I like to call "inner technologies of the mind" in Inc. Magazine, Mindful Magazine.  Entrepreneur, Thomson Reuter's The Legal Executive InstituteThe ABA Journal, and other leading business publications.

Working right now with my wife Kaley Klemp on a new book, Marriage 3.0: A Practical Guide to Building an 80/80 Marriage. It's a book about navigating marriage in the modern age published by Viking/Penguin Life (Random House).

When I'm not doing all that, you'll find me hiking in the hills of Boulder, meditating in odd places, and still playing a little jazz on the piano.


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