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Sam Neumann is a New York Times bestselling author and Bob Ross Enthusiast. This is his place. Make yourself comfortable.

On Branding

Some moons ago I was sent to Indianapolis by my employer to attend the NCAA Emerging Leaders Seminar. This event is described as “an annual professional development event providing effective leadership, educational and transitional programming for more than 200 current graduate assistants and interns from NCAA membership institutions, conference offices and affiliate organizations.” For me, it was a free trip…

Cover Reveal Time

I’m drinking coffee out of my Bob Ross mug as I type this, so you know it’s an occasion. The reason I gathered you here is to show you the cover of my forthcoming book, The Call of the Mountain, which you probably saw before you even read any of this text. So my work here is done. Thanks for looking. I…

Photoramble: Rainy Days

It was a rainy, gray day in Boulder yesterday. I had some free time and was hoping to do a hike, but I canned the plan when I saw the weather. Who wants to hike on a crap day? At some point in the afternoon, I got restless, said screw it, grabbed my camera and a raincoat and went out. When…

Saying No

You know how we all feel obligated to explain ourselves every time we say no to something? “I’d LOVE to come to your swanky thing where I’m required to make small talk with people I’ve never met this Friday, but I’m afraid I can’t. I have a, uh…racquetball-related conflict. You know how it is. Next time!” It’s like somewhere along the…