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Unleash the Assertions! personal development Oct 08, 2018

Certainty and confidence are tools of the status quo. They cultivate fixed mindsets, false beliefs, and inertia. Certainty and confidence discourage imagination, innovation, and investigation. Even worse, they dissuade the human instinct for curiosity, courage, and creativity.

And the...

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The Virtues of Enrollment (and the Perils of Inertia) personal development Oct 01, 2018

It begins, like an itch, with awareness. You see a challenge or an opportunity.

You pay attention. The itch intensifies. You begin to ask questions like  "What's going on here?" "Is this worth paying attention to?" and "I wonder what happens next?"

It's time to decide. Are you...

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Are You "Winning" in the Game of Life? personal development Sep 24, 2018

In the game of life, are you playing a finite game or an infinite game?

James Carse's short book about this is worth tracking down and reading.

The Finite Game Approach to Life

A finite game has clear rules and ends with clear winners and clear losers. 

Winning a finite game of life means...

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*tap*tap*tap* "Is this Thing On?" personal development Sep 17, 2018

Communicating with Intention and Integrity

Not everyone wants to stand up and be seen or speak up and be heard. But if you do, have something to say worth sharing and lean into learning how to say it well!

Here are some questions we ask in Seth Godin's The Marketing Seminar that you can ask...

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The Virtues of Adversity personal development stoicism Sep 10, 2018

What's your relationship with adversity? What's your posture when faced with a problem? How about your mindset when misfortune comes to call?

I say, "Bring it!"

Seriously, life's inevitable trials and tribulations are opportunities.

"It is difficulties that show what people are." - Epictetus

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The Downside of a Sure Thing creativity personal development Aug 27, 2018

Is a sure thing worth pursuing?

What dream or desire would you pursue if its achievement was guaranteed? Go ahead, dream big. Tap your deepest desire.

Now, would an assurance really guarantee your pursuit of that dream or desire? I don't think so.

Work that's worth it can't come with a...

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When to Persist and When to Pull the Plug personal development Aug 20, 2018

In any endeavor that matters, it's one of the most important questions you must ask yourself. "Is this worth it?"

When do you hang on? When is the right time to let go? These are big, hairy, wicked questions to which there is no absolute answer and rarely a clear one. Turns...

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What Are You Doing to Save the World? personal development Aug 13, 2018

It's a big, bold, hairy, wicked question. "What are you doing to save the world?"

My guess is that most would answer with something like, "Me? You're asking me? What can I possibly do to save the planet?"

So, I asked the question on Facebook Profile last Wednesday. I must say,...

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The Perils of Certainty & Confidence creativity personal development Aug 08, 2018

Certainty and confidence are over-rated and the enemies of creativity. I take some flak for asserting this, but I stand by that assertion.

Here's the deal. Creativity is about change. Creativity is about innovation. Creativity is about risk. Creativity is an act of faith driven by an...

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Cleaning Out the Cruft personal development Aug 05, 2018

I can't remember which book Seth Godin references cruft, but the metaphor is compelling,

Cruft Hall is a building on the campus of Harvard University that housed the Physics Department's radar lab during World War II. As late as the early 1990s, unused technical equipment could be seen...

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Lead or Follow? personal development Jul 30, 2018

"Lead someone to the truth and you will find that they can follow." - Epictetus

Lead or follow? It's actually not an either/or choice. We can do one or the other in various roles and circumstances or we can do both simultaneously. The essential thing is to do so with a clear motivation,...

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Appreciate Or Value? personal development Jul 27, 2018

“Look inward. Don’t let the true nature or value of anything elude you.” — Marcus Aurelius, Meditations 6.3

Appreciate or value? Creatives really wrestle with the distinction. So do thoughtful members of their audience.

There are several ways to express...

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