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Start Your Week Deliberately.

Each Monday I publish a newsletter sharing 3 thoughtful resources on work, life & travel.

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How do we select a path through life?

March 20, 2018

Over the weekend I finished reading a book called On Trails. The author Robert Moor spends 330 pages musing on, as the title implies, trails – why we make them, how we blaze them, and what purposes they serve.

Early on, Moor spells out the question he’s exploring:

“Why do we, as animals, uproot ourselves rather than maintaining the stately fixity of trees? Why do we venture into places where we were not born and do not belong? Why do we press forward into the unknown?”


Dealing With The Inner Critic

March 12, 2018

I don’t know what’s going on inside your heads, but if it’s anything like mine and others I know  – it houses a chattering inner critic. A voice that tells me all the ways I could be better. Or how much I could improve. Or reminds me of all the ways I’m not quite enough.

On one hand, the inner critic is great! It fuels us to achieve the excellent and ambitious. Like writing my talk last week.

On the other hand, that inner critic is a total asshole. (more…)

Start Before You’re Ready: A Case Study

March 5, 2018

Last week, I gave a talk on how to “Future-Proofing Yourself” at General Assembly. In preparation for the talk, I wrote an article sharing 3 initial thoughts on the topic.

Since we’re all friends here, I’ll let you in on a little secret.


The Difference Between Career Change and Transformation

February 19, 2018

“I find I’m so excited, I can barely sit still or hold a thought in my head. I think it the excitement only a free man can feel, a free man at the start of a long journey whose conclusion is uncertain.”  —Red, The Shawshank Redemption

Last week, I helped facilitate a career change workshop on the topic of identity.

Identity is a hairy topic in career change largely because who we are in society is so tightly tied to what we do.


On Building a Schizophrenic Career

February 12, 2018

Lately, I feel like my career is a little schizophrenic. A peek into my most recent “workweek” helps illustrates what I mean. (The first oddity: my workweek began on a Saturday.)


Thoughts from Nicaragua

February 5, 2018

I just returned from 10 days Nicaragua with my brother. A trip like this always fills me up and reminds me why I travel.


Today is the first day of your life

January 29, 2018
Photo by Gerome Viavant on Unsplash

I woke up once with a funny thought.

First off, it wasn’t just me who woke up. It was a flabby, pale, broke version of myself. At least that’s who I saw gazing back at me through the mirror.


Environmental Consciousness Made Easier

January 21, 2018

“A lot of people feel really helpless when it comes to climate change…What our research is showing is that your personal decisions really can have a big impact.”

I try my damnedest to be environmentally conscious in my everyday actions – but honestly, most of the time I don’t know how to be. Thankfully I’ve just discovered a series of bite-sized 8-10 minute videos from University of California that’s basically Cliff’s Notes to environmental consciousness.


How to Be Wrong and Still Be Right

December 21, 2017

Air Force flight instructor Commander John Boyd could beat anybody in an aerial battle using a simple strategy: make the first move, lightning fast.

Often that first move was an erroneous one. Nevermind. Speedy Boyd would change directions and reposition into a better position – before his opponent moved at all.


How to Learn Resilience

December 11, 2017

Dr. Meg Jay recently wrote an article on women and men who rose to success after overcoming difficult childhoods, displaying what’s commonly called resilience.



Hey there! I'm Matt Trinetti.

GiveLiveExplore is a blog about being deliberate – in work, travel and life. I launched this site in 2012 to explore writing while physically wandering around Northern & Eastern Europe. Today it's the home for my writing, work, travels and projects.

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