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How to Set and Pursue Worthwhile Goals personal development Nov 30, 2020

Goals matter. They matter a lot. In your endeavors, you need to know what you're aiming for. If you're going to make a difference, it ought to be a difference worth making.

And if you're spending your valuable (and irretrievable) time and attention on a goal, it makes sense to make sure that goal...

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The Real Work personal development Nov 23, 2020
What is "the real work?" 
 
Is it defined by the routines, roles, or responsibilities in your job, career, or vocation? Is it a measure of how well you conform, comply, check the boxes, and keep your head down?
 
I don't think so.

The real work is defined by your values,...

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It's not too late to start stepping into your potential this year! ⏳ personal development Nov 17, 2020

Start Living Your Legacy Now

Three ways you can still step into possibility with the difference only you can make with the time you have left in 2020.

 

Read the Handbook

Grab a copy of The Creative on...

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What I've Been Reading - Fall 2020 book recommendations Nov 16, 2020

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Books are efficient and cost effective learning tools. They are my go-to source for inspiration and information in my endeavors. Here...

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The Virtues of Humiliation personal development Nov 09, 2020

Why do we go to such lengths to avoid humiliation? Why are we so quick to exact humiliation on others? What happens if we seek humiliation for ourselves more frequently and project it on others less often?

Humiliation Is Human

Both words, humiliation and human, derive from the same ancient...

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Conspiring with Your Future Self personal development Nov 02, 2020

What's really holding you back from fulfilling your potential and delivering on your promise? Why are you not making the progress you desire in your life's endeavors?

Consider having a courageous and honest conversation with yourself. You'll discover that the biggest impediment to your...

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Altruism onward excerpts personal development Oct 26, 2020

You enhance your life most through work that serves others.

We’re inherently social creatures. Connecting and collaborating is how we survived as a species during our earliest days. 

Unselfish concern for others, approaching shared challenges with an attitude of service, and working...

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Help yourself help others. personal development Oct 19, 2020

"Seeking the very best in ourselves means actively caring for the welfare of other human beings.  Our human contract is not with the few people with whom our affairs are most immediately intertwined, nor to the prominent, rich, or well educated, but to all our human brethren.” –...

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Belonging personal development Oct 12, 2020

Belonging*

Belonging is a fundamental human need. In belonging we seek to be seen, heard, and understood. To belong is to be cared for and to care for others in return. Belonging requires courage, resilience, empathy, and grace.

Strong, vibrant communities are built on belonging. Belonging is a...

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Shift Happens personal development stoicism Oct 05, 2020

"No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and he's not the same man." - Heraclitus

Whether we're talking about shifting sands, shifting gears, a seismic shift, or shifting deckchairs on the Titanic, one thing's for sure, shift happens.

What's your relationship...

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Can I trust you? personal development Sep 28, 2020

Who leaps to mind when I ask the question, "Who do you trust?" 

If you didn't choose yourself, you are not alone.

Why is that?

I think trust is like empathy. Easy to extend to others, hard to practice toward yourself.

"As soon as you trust yourself, you will know...

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Planning vs. Doing personal development Sep 21, 2020

The distinction is so obvious, why bother pointing it out?

Because planning feels like doing.

Why?

Blame dopamine.

Dopamine is the goal seeking brain chemical that fuels our affection for to-do lists, New Year's resolutions, and 5-year plans. The problem is the act of writing down or...

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