Joël Malm

This is Scarier Than Failure

This is Scarier Than Failure

I wrote a book that is getting published this October. You’d think I’m pretty satisfied at this point. People are always saying,  “What a dream come true. You must be really excited!” Truth is, I’m more nervous now than before I got the contract. Most…

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All This Heat is a Good Thing

All This Heat is a Good Thing

Two weeks ago I was in California shooting some promotional videos for Vision Map. We went to the Giant Sequoias forest.  In one of the videos I’m standing next to a 300-foot tall tree. I show a tiny Sequoia seed – so tiny I don’t…

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What If We Are Both Wrong?

What If We Are Both Wrong?

I grew up in Guatemala. When we lived there a civil war was being fought up in the mountains between the government and insurgent fighters. It was messy. The military and the guerrilla fighters all committed horrible atrocities. In general, the army and its leaders…

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The Best Way to Avoid Criticism

The Best Way to Avoid Criticism

I wrote an article that Relevant Magazine posted two days ago. Quite a few people have shared it. Naturally, I’ve gotten some feedback. I got an email this morning from someone who was clearly looking for a fight. Sigh. I went to a pre-screening of…

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Arguing with a Teenager

Arguing with a Teenager

Yesterday I was sitting at a red light waiting for a left turn arrow. I pulled out my phone to check the status of Emily’s arriving flight. A pimple-faced teenager pulled up next to me and honked. I looked over. “Get off your phone!” He…

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