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Insight and Inspiration for Flying Higher in Endeavors that Make a Difference

Don't Play Small personal development Apr 21, 2018

Marianne Williamson's quote is a compelling call for us to tap into our curiosity and courage and live bigger and in service to others. It lets us know that we are enough as we are while reminding us that we have unfulfilled promise to develop and deliver.

"Your playing small does not serve the...

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10 Life Lessons Learned on Stage creativity personal development Apr 16, 2018

I've earned my living from playing music on stages large and small. Sometimes for festival audiences of thousands, sometimes to the sound of one fan clapping in a small club. Along the way, I learned a few lessons that inspire and inform other life endeavors. Here are my top 10 lessons learned...

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The Good Life personal development stoicism Apr 14, 2018

Marcus Aurelius is often called the last of the “good emperors” of the Roman Empire. A man who stood above questioning who questioned himself daily. Marcus’ reminders to himself about the importance of virtue and justice inspire me and many others to this day.

“To live...

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Curiosity Is Not Weakness (Nor Deadly) personal development Apr 09, 2018

I love to learn. Don’t you?

The world is full of mystery and wonder, and I am surrounded by people dedicated to developing themselves and doing good in the world. It’s all so fascinating and inspiring.

And of course, there’s plenty of suffering and cause for concern out there...

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Is It Time to Say "Goodbye?" personal development Apr 03, 2018

"Is it time to say 'Goodbye?'"

I ask this question often since the arrival of spring. It's really powerful for "pruning" unnecessary clutter from my life and helping me be more "present" for the work and people in my life that matter.

"We are what we repeatedly do; excellence, then,
is not an...

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Feelings Vs. Emotions personal development Mar 31, 2018

Although the words emotions and feelings are often used interchangeably, they are very different beasts. Feelings and emotions should not be confused. Emotions precede feelings, both in evolutionary development and in your daily life. However, while emotional responses are instinctual,...

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Everyone's a Creative. Are You Ready to Be an Artist? creativity personal development stoicism Mar 19, 2018

Do You Know That You’re Lying?

“Let’s start with a quick poll. Raise your hand if you’re a Creative. Great! If your hand is raised, put it back down. Now, raise your hand if you’re not a Creative. That's interesting. Keep your hand raised. Alright, if your hand is...

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The Perils of Creative Attachment creativity personal development Mar 17, 2018

I had the great privilege of speaking with Seth Godin for a second time on the Creative On Purpose Broadcast recently. He packed our short time together with a ton of knowledge and insight. But one of the most profound moments was what Seth said about the perils of attachment for...

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What Is the Work That You Are Meant to Do Now? creativity personal development Mar 03, 2018

Is the work you do deliberate, inspired, provocative, or significant?

Shouldn’t it be?

What “The Work You’re Meant to Do Now” Is NOT

The work you’re meant to do now is not “what you were born to do.” It’s not the one thing you’re put on the...

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Skills Vs. Talents creativity personal development Feb 24, 2018

Skills Are Acquired, Talents Are Accessed

“What Do You Do?”

“What you do” is not necessarily what you do for a living or what you’re employed to do. Too often your “job” employs only hard skills. These are skills you’ve been taught to achieve a...

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How Do We Serve Those Who Serve Those Who Serve? personal development Feb 17, 2018

Acknowledging and Supporting Military Spouses

You know the type. Earnest civilian crosses the aisle or the parking lot, hand extended to someone in military uniform or wearing a retiree’s ball cap.

“Thank you for your service.”

Yeah, that’s me.

The gratitude is heartfelt...

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Purpose Vs Passion creativity personal development Feb 08, 2018

Are you feeling dissatisfied or frustrated with the work you do now? Feel like you’re not developing or engaging your full potential in whatever endeavor you’re employed? Not executing your full promise?

Maybe you’re wondering, “What’s next?” “What is the...

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