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Hope or Faith? personal development Apr 15, 2019

It's not, of course, an either or question. There's certainly a time and place for both hope and faith.

Hope is a desire for a favorable future outcome.

Hope is passive. Hope happens to you.

If you've been shipwrecked and are drifting about the Pacific in a leaky liferaft, hope may well...

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When Is It Time to Pause? personal development Apr 08, 2019

Last time, I discussed the virtues of "going." Today, I share the value of pausing.

There's no authentication for the source, but this is a favorite quote of mine.

"Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space is your power to choose your response. And, in your response...

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The Power of Pruning personal development Apr 07, 2019

As the gardener, by severe pruning, forces the sap of the tree into one or two vigorous limbs, so should you stop off your miscellaneous activity and concentrate your force on one or a few points.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

It's been years since we sold the farm where my...

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When Is It Time to Go? personal development Apr 07, 2019

When is it time to get going with your endeavor?

Here's a hint, it's almost always time to go.

"Learning that does not lead to action is useless." - Epictetus

Sure, you could read another book, take another course, spend a little more time practicing and polishing. There may even be...

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The Genre of Your Life's Story personal development storytelling Apr 01, 2019

Choose Your Genre. Choose Your Future.

What's the genre of your life story?

Is it a deadly disaster or an action adventure? A melodrama or a thriller? A horror show or a survival tale? A tragedy or an epic? A black comedy or an improv? A surreal show or superhero story? Outlaw or empire...

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The Books That Built Me - How I Became Creative On Purpose book recommendations creativity personal development Mar 25, 2019

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"Books are the bees which carry the quickening pollen from one to another mind."  - James...

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The Fine Art of Blundering creativity personal development Mar 25, 2019

Want to develop your potential? Awaken the giant within? Achieve excellence in an endeavor worthy of your time and talents?

Some say it takes guts, grit, and grind. Others say it requires planning, purpose, and perseverance. Perhaps it's merely up to fate, faith, and fortune.

Regardless of...

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An End to Suffering personal development Mar 18, 2019

For some, merely seeing the word "suffer" triggers memories and feelings of pain, injury, or loss. Why is that? Where does suffering even come from?

Ancient wisdom tells us that it's our attachments.

“Attachment is the root of suffering.” - The Buddha

Why human beings are...

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But Will Your Endeavor Take Off? endeavor book excerpts personal development Mar 14, 2019

Ultimately, it is impossible to know if an endeavor will succeed. What does “success” even look like? Too often success is confused with popularity and profits.

What if you measured success by the well-being it generates for yourself and others? What if success is doing well enough...

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Find Your Rhythm personal development Mar 11, 2019

What defines some sound as "music?" It's organization and intent. Music is sound meant to communicate and connect and rhythm is the organizing element of that sound. Music is done out loud, with and for others, and it has a beat.

With music, as it is in any meaningful...

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Devotion personal development Mar 04, 2019

What does it mean to be devoted?

We don't talk much about devotion these days. Why have we lost touch with the idea that we can be enthusiastically loyal and true to an idea, or cause, or another person? What's wrong with observing and honoring the goodness, worth, and even sanctity of something...

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Why Testify? personal development Feb 25, 2019

The significance of what it means to testify goes beyond the context in which the term is often heard today. There's more power in the act of testifying than what it means in the legal or even religious sense.

The root of "testify" means "witness." Bearing witness in a legal or...

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