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Michael Graff

Michael Graff
Graff is the editor of Charlotte magazine. His work has appeared in publications around the country, and he's been a notable selection in Best American Essays and Best American Sports Writing. Reach him at

What Nature Can Teach Us About Decision-Making

By Michael Graff | January 15, 2019

The Smart Swarm: How to Work Efficiently, Communicate Effectively, and Make Better Decisions Using the Secrets of Flocks, Schools and Colonies

The Life Lessons About Change and Choice We Learned While House Hunting

By Michael Graff | January 14, 2019

Searching for their first home together led our writer and his wife to knock on doors hidden deep within themselves and have a look around.


The Never-Ending Summer of the G.P. Crew

By Michael Graff | November 23, 2018

Every year, five men return to the same special camp in honor of a sixth whose legacy lives on the shores of Lake Huron, and everywhere else they go.

An Open Letter to the Future

An Open Letter to the Future

By Michael Graff | August 27, 2018

In planning for your life still to come, mindset is the most important factor.

Memoirs of a Pizza Boy

By Michael Graff | February 22, 2018

How I learned to see the world differently  in 30 minutes or less

The Life Truths I Learned in the Mountains

By Michael Graff | December 4, 2017

The universe has a way of reminding us what’s important.

Is the Secret to Success… Faking It?

By Michael Graff | September 19, 2017

A love story

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What Happened When I Tried to Cut the Negative People Out of My Life

By Michael Graff | April 6, 2017

Jim Rohn used to say, “You are the sum of the five people you spend the most time with.” With that in mind, our writer weighs whether there’s someone he needs to cut.

The Day That Changed My Life

By Michael Graff | November 21, 2016

A story about one uncomfortable afternoon at the beach, and what matters

‘Maybe the Only Way to Have an Answer to the Unknown Is to Face It Every So Often’

By Michael Graff | August 14, 2016

There’s still a place for figuring things out on our own, for going into unfamiliar places without a manual, to get wet, to get lost.