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Why I run at the Cemetery personal development stoicism storytelling Jun 17, 2021
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Ineffable personal development Jun 16, 2021

Ineffable is a delightfully delicious word. It comes directly from the Latin and has two distinct and contradictory meanings.

The primary definition of ineffable relates to that which cannot be adequately defined with mere words. This interpretation is often used in reference to the...

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Where does trust come from? personal development Jun 14, 2021

I've shared thoughts on what trust is and how to restore it, but where does trust come from?

Human beings are hardwired by biology and evolution to be social creatures. We seek safety and identity through belonging and community. How can you have any of this without trust?

The...

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The Truth as It Is Told personal development storytelling Jun 09, 2021

During my career as a blues guitarist, I experienced the privilege of meeting many of my musical heroes. It happened with enough frequency that some of my musician friends call me the Forrest Gump of the blues.

I think they mean that good-naturedly...

Anyway, during a festival...

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Rhetorically Speaking personal development stoicism storytelling Jun 07, 2021

In the ancient western world, the art of persuasion and influence was taught through rhetoric and was most often employed in political discourse and philosophical debate. Today we still see rhetoric used in marketing and mass media.

The ancient Greek philosopher, Aristotle, developed three types...

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Restoring Trust personal development Jun 02, 2021

It's said that trust takes years to earn but can be lost in an instant. Frankly, that doesn't ring absolutely true to me. I'm not sure a healthy definition of trust is that fragile.

And yet...

I've been on the receiving and delivering end of broken trust. I've experienced the suffering that can...

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Born Ready personal development May 31, 2021

Beginning any journey worth embracing is often met, at first, with some amount of trepidation. After all, human beings are pre-programmed to be wary of uncertainty.

And...

We are also hardwired for adventure.

For almost twenty years, I served my community guiding musical...

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Got trust? personal development May 26, 2021

What is trust?

For me, the dictionary definition falls short. Yes, trust is having confidence in the character, strength, or truth of someone or something. However, this does not speak to the enormous importance and value of this essential asset.

Or is trust a skill?

I think trust is both. It's a...

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Is time on your side? personal development stoicism May 24, 2021

Time, like most things, is a construct. It's simply a story.

There's no agreement amongst physicists or philosophers about whether or not time is a fundamental absolute. Even amongst those who argue that time exists, there's wide disagreement about what it is and is not.

The ancient...

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The stories we tell... personal development storytelling May 19, 2021

Trauma can break a person. It can also break you open to possibility. It took such a moment for me to realize that I was complicit in creating my own suffering. Negative narratives I crafted about myself, my experiences, and how I measured up (or more often...

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Inverting the Golden Rule personal development May 17, 2021

You're engaged in work that matters. You're making a difference. That kind of endeavor is always done with and for others, and therefore, it is a fraught enterprise.

I spend a lot of my time in a leadership role within various online communities. Each has lengthy community guidelines and terms of...

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Do stories really matter? personal development storytelling May 13, 2021

Do stories really matter?

The question is, of course, rhetorical. If you want to make a difference, you have to tell stories. And if you're going to make a bigger difference, chances are you need to tell better stories.

Having a great idea or a cause worth investing in is not enough. If...

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