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Hi, I am Judson.

I’m a product management professional with more than 20-years of work experience. My career has taken me across the globe to fill a variety of roles in a breadth of industries. My passions include applying technology and innovation to solving traditional problems, sharing my experiences through writing and interviews, and committing to making my community a better place for all who live in it.

I offer one-on-one coaching services to people interested in personal and career growth, especially those who aren't sure what they want to do when they "grow up."

The pursuit of happiness is a lifelong endeavor. I've got tools to help you on your journey

What does it take to be happy? No one can tell you the answer; you must discover it for yourself!

Nothing is more personal than defining what "happiness" means to you, but it is a complicated topic. Check out these articles about pursuing happiness where I share my thoughts on the topic.

Judson jumping for joy in the Wadi Rum desert of Jordan

Setting goals and pursuing them is hard. Let's work on yours together

What you need is a plan. I've got tools to help you make a plan you can put into action.

Both short-term and long-term plans are easy to make and achievable to execute with surprisingly little upfront effort. And don't forget, the most important part of any plan is the flexibility to change.

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Tips for setting career goals, negotiations, and resume writing

What do you want to be when you grow up? It's never too late to change your answer to that question. Through research, learning, determination, and finding a mentor, it's never too late to reinvent yourself.

I've worked in a dozen industries in multiple countries. Let me inspire you to pursue your dream job.

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Having a strong commitment to the community is vital to being the rising tide that lifts all boats

You get out what you put in. My roots from an activist family, origin-story with Rotary International, and years of volunteerism around the world have all contributed to my commitment to community.

I believe that having a strong commitment to the community is enriching for everyone concerned. Let me help you lend a hand.

Judson speaks to the Rotary Club of Alexandria

Youth is the one asset that once spent, it is gone forever

How are you spending your youth? (An applicable question at any age!) In my book, Exponential Happiness, I reveal the words of wisdom that nudged me out the door when I was young. In addition, I share many of the professional tools that have helped me stay on-track with my goals.

These topics are also shared on the blog for happiness and lifestyle.

Students holding Judson's book, Exponential Happiness

Travel sets you free and teaches you more than anything else ever could

Do you want to travel and see more of the world? I have been very blessed with many opportunities to travel far and wide around the world. They didn't always come easy, and some required downright sacrifice, but I wouldn't undo a single one of my trips.

Read my travel blog or get in touch with me for help planning your next adventure.

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From the blog

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I never thought this would happen to me

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COVID-19 Life in Berlin

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The consequences of Rotary Youth Programs
The consequences of Rotary Youth Programs

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My interview on LeanPub's Frontmatter Podcast
My interview on LeanPub's Frontmatter Podcast

My publisher, LeanPub, honored me with a feature on their podcast for authors. We had quite a long chat, but...

DRUMSON performs live at the trivagoVibe
DRUMSON performs live at the trivagoVibe

I made my European debut as a solo drummer during trivago's bi-annual trivagoVibe concert in Düsseldorf, Germany.

My most traveled year. A photo review of 2017.
My most traveled year. A photo review of 2017.

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The Elgin Marbles - Should they be returned to Greece?
The Elgin Marbles - Should they be returned to Greece?

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Does Oil Hender Democracy?
Does Oil Hender Democracy?

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The Decision that Saved the World - An Analysis of the Decision-Making Process during the Cuban Missile Crisis
The Decision that Saved the World - An Analysis of the Decision-Making Process during the Cuban Missile Crisis

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The American Red Cross - An International Organization
The American Red Cross - An International Organization

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A Comparison of Emergency Warning Systems
A Comparison of Emergency Warning Systems

In a November 2000 report published by the executive Subcommittee on Natural Disaster Reduction, about Natural Disaster Information Systems, three...

Book Review - Tin Drum
Book Review - Tin Drum

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Do it while you're young
Do it while you're young

Albert Einstein wisely said, “Compound interest is the eighth wonder of the world. He who understands it earns it… he...

Be flexible in your planning and goals
Be flexible in your planning and goals

Your work isn’t over once you’ve written a plan for accomplishing your life goals. As I said there, “The most...

A bad plan is better than no plan
A bad plan is better than no plan

Now that you have your what if in mind, you are energized to show up, and you have learned from...

Suffering does not make you stronger; learning does.
Suffering does not make you stronger; learning does.

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Showing up puts you in command of your destiny
Showing up puts you in command of your destiny

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Find your
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What I have learned about my Peace Corps legacy in Kyrgyzstan
What I have learned about my Peace Corps legacy in Kyrgyzstan

I recently learned a few things which I did not know about my own legacy in Kyrgyzstan. Some of these...

LSU Alumni Association Magazine Article – Fall 2013
LSU Alumni Association Magazine Article – Fall 2013

Well, this chapter of my life has now officially concluded. With my final article in the LSU Alumni Magazine, Peace...

My Peace Corps Mission is Accomplished
My Peace Corps Mission is Accomplished

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Three lies about Rome uncovered

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The Lost City of Petra is More Amazing Than I Ever Imagined

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Mars on Earth - The Wadi Rum Desert in Jordan
Mars on Earth - The Wadi Rum Desert in Jordan

Wadi Rum is a majestic out of this world landscape in the south of Jordan. Learn about the jeep tours,...

Edinburgh Castle Walking Tour
Edinburgh Castle Walking Tour

Edinburgh Castle is a must-see attraction in Edinburgh. I took a walking tour of the castle which proved to be...

Edinburgh Free Walking Tour
Edinburgh Free Walking Tour

On my recent trip to Edinburgh, I kicked off my day with a free walking tour of the city. The...

Things to Do in Dublin - A 3-day Weekend Itinerary
Things to Do in Dublin - A 3-day Weekend Itinerary

With just one visit, Dublin has become one of my favorite cities in the world. I pieced together the very...

The Without a Path Podcast asked me to share travel advice in Kyrgyzstan
The Without a Path Podcast asked me to share travel advice in Kyrgyzstan

I share travel advice from Kyrgyzstan on The Without a Path Podcast with American writer, traveler, and meddler Joe Baur....

What happened when I traveled alone in Beijing
What happened when I traveled alone in Beijing

Returned Peace Corps Volunteer and author of the Propitious Panda blog and the new book "It Depends" shares a tale...

The Expat Sandwich Podcast features my story of serving humanity.
The Expat Sandwich Podcast features my story of serving humanity.

The Expat Sandwich Podcast features Americans living abroad and the crazy but interesting lives they lead. I share stories from...

An Interview with Aniko Villalba of the Viajando Por Ahí Travel Blog
An Interview with Aniko Villalba of the Viajando Por Ahí Travel Blog

Aniko Villalba and I got to talking about being digital nomads, solo travel, female travel, and what it really means...

An Interview with Jenna Davis of Give For Granted
An Interview with Jenna Davis of Give For Granted

Jenna Davis is founder of Give For Granted, a sustainable travel blog about giving back to Earth via travel. Read...

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Weekend Trips - Quick Tips for the Jetsetter and Novice Traveler Alike

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How to organize the Jira backlog and Kanban board
How to organize the Jira backlog and Kanban board

One of my career goals is to work at Atlassian one day because I want to learn how the people...

Get organized with these Jira task templates
Get organized with these Jira task templates

One of the primary responsibilities of the product management role is to organize a team’s backlog. The more organized the...

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Ultimate reading list for product managers

I’ve been reading product management and other business books, articles, blogs, and listening to industry podcasts for years, even before...

A sensible definition of
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How to migrate from Wordpress to Jekyll with CircleCI and AWS

By migrating my blog from Wordpress to Jekyll, I decreased my page load time from 7.5 seconds to .380ms. Furthermore,...

Do you want to experience the world? I encourage you to get an early start at living a full and adventurous life by providing tips for living your "what if" #WhileYoung.

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Do it while you're young
Do it while you're young

Albert Einstein wisely said, “Compound interest is the eighth wonder of the world. He who understands it earns it… he...

Be flexible in your planning and goals
Be flexible in your planning and goals

Your work isn’t over once you’ve written a plan for accomplishing your life goals. As I said there, “The most...

A bad plan is better than no plan
A bad plan is better than no plan

Now that you have your what if in mind, you are energized to show up, and you have learned from...

Suffering does not make you stronger; learning does.
Suffering does not make you stronger; learning does.

“I had to suffer when I was your age, so you do too; it builds character!” Does this sound familiar...

Showing up puts you in command of your destiny
Showing up puts you in command of your destiny

Opportunities are all around us. They take all forms, shapes, and sizes. Sometimes showing up is about going to class...

Find your
Find your "what if" and live it every day

We all have dreams about our future. The places we might visit. The jobs we might have. People with whom...