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Embracing Dissonance personal development Jun 17, 2019

The history of music, Western music at least, is the story of growing more and more comfortable with dissonance. Over time, our ability to embrace, appreciate, and dance with this tension has increased.

Listen to a Gregorian chant and then tune in to composition by Ornette Coleman and you'll get...

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Stuck or Trouble Starting Your Endeavor? Go Small! personal development Jun 10, 2019

For those that endeavor, the conventional wisdom is "go big or go home." Following this advice is precisely why so few enterprises ever get started or off the ground. Instead of "swinging for the fences" and then quitting when you "strike out," why not strategically "settle" for "base hits?" Why...

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What I've Been Reading - Summer 2019 book recommendations personal development Jun 08, 2019

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"Reading is essential for those who seek to rise above the ordinary.” – Jim Rohn

Books are my go-to source for inspiration and information...

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Endeavor Better - A Quickstart Guide personal development Jun 03, 2019

At the heart of any endeavor is the idea that you enhance your life most through work that enhances the lives of others. Some know what their next project is and who it's for. Others are seeking both an enterprise and an audience for it.

Whichever group you align with, there's always room to...

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Ready? Aim. Let Go! personal development stoicism May 27, 2019

"One’s ultimate aim is to do all in one’s power to shoot straight, and the same applies with our ultimate goal." - Cicero

What is the goal of the archer who steps onto the field, notches her arrow, draws it back, and takes aim at the target?

Most assume that the goal of the archer...

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Commencement personal development May 20, 2019

It's commencement season. One period of life ends, another begins. How are you helping the "graduates" in your life to step into possibility and potential?

Most of us work for a living and we spend a chunk of our lives doing that work. Yet most of us don't much get advice or...

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Perennial personal development May 13, 2019

It’s spring in Southwestern Virginia. Time to make some important decisions about what flowers to plant in the beds around our small home, annuals or perennials?

Here’s the thing. Annuals bloom only once, but they’re brighter, showier, cheaper, and require less care than...

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What's on Your 'Stop-Doing' List? personal development May 06, 2019

I find a to-do list  a seductive way to hide from the real work I need to do. What about you?

Too often my to-do list is full of non-essential tasks  like "organize my top desk drawer." Just as often, my to-do list is made up of outright distractions or tasks that get done automatically...

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Perfect In Every Way personal development Apr 28, 2019

How do you reply to the questions that come up in an everyday exchange of pleasantries? Questions like "How are you?" or "How is everything?"

For years my response has been, "Perfect in every way."

Am I a Pollyanna or just delusional? I mean, really, even the magical Mary Poppins was only "...

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Sitting with Sonder personal development Apr 26, 2019

I was initially introduced to the concept of sonder by Seth Godin.

Sonder is defined as that moment when you realize that everyone around you has an internal life as rich and as conflicted as yours.

Sonder brings to mind the Stoic practice of not judging others too harshly when they speak...

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Start with Who onward excerpts personal development Apr 22, 2019

Who are you? Who do you seek to serve? Who are your collaborators? Who’s in your tribe? Who are your fellow travelers?

Ask these questions with intention and answer them with integrity at the beginning of any worthwhile enterprise. 

Do the hard part first and get the who right. The...

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"What's It For?" personal development Apr 16, 2019

“What’s it for?”

Embracing this question is at the heart of every Seth Godin program. Why?

  • Asking “What’s it for?” indicates a commitment to intention and integrity.
  • It’s an invitation to disrupt self-serving agendas or bias confirmation and think more...
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