Posts by Sean O'Neil

The Exterminator

I’ll start by saying I’m not proud of the story I’m about to tell you.

Ok, that’s not true –I’m not proud about the fact that I am proud of the story I’m about to tell you. This is a mostly true story about an unlikely hero – me. It’s

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Walking the Vulnerability Tightrope

I am sitting here like a total geek reflecting on vulnerability – yes, that terribly anxiety-provoking state of being exposed to emotional injury.

Specifically, I’m reflecting on those peculiar sorts who bring vulnerability on themselves by putting themselves “out there” and thereby expose themselves to their own emotional injury.

You know

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Leaving Footprints – Is Bigger Better?

I’ve always been intent on leaving a big footprint wherever I go. I insert myself forcefully into a group interaction – a work meeting or a sales call or a cocktail party conversation. And despite the blustery title of my book and my in-your-face online presence, I tend to think

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The Outlaws

We recently returned from a family vacation on a perfectly beachy place called Block Island, RI, where, for the past 4 summers my brother-in-law and his wife rent a massive beachside house and graciously invite practically everyone they know to stay there, most of whom apparently accept.

The lion’s share

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Final Exam Season – Battle of Wills

We recently wrapped up final exams in the O’Neil household.

My twin boys, Matt and Ryan, at 14 and on the cusp of high school, are suddenly far more interested in girls and their high school basketball careers than their grade point average. The boys’ mother, my dear wife Erin,

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