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Insight and Inspiration to Help You Live Your Legacy

In media res storytelling Jun 28, 2021

In media res, Latin for “in the middle of things” is a literary device employed by storytellers across time and genres. An early example is Homer’s The Iliad, which begins in the thick of the Trojan War. A more recent example is Martin Scorsese’s film, ...

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Kirsten Gibbs - The Power of Promises tips from podcast guests Jun 25, 2021

Insight and inspiration for flying higher in the difference only you can make from guests who have appeared on Creative on Purpose Live.

This week's wisdom comes from last week's guest, Kirsten Gibbs.

[Kirsten] "An insight that I've arrived at fairly recently over the...

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The question isn't if... personal development Jun 23, 2021

The question isn't if you can make a difference. The question is if and when you will acknowledge and embrace the difference only you can make.

Maybe you're ready to start. Perhaps you've already started. Either way, you're likely complicit in impeding your own progress.

It's not your fault.

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The Identity Trap personal development Jun 21, 2021

To be clear, identity matters. Given the current reckoning around the unfair distribution of privilege, it's absolutely understandable and necessary to acknowledge and honor those who identify as members of historically marginalized populations.

Building identity is an essential and powerful...

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Michael Bungay Stanier - Why you need to get your sh*t together. tips from podcast guests Jun 18, 2021

Insight and inspiration for flying higher in the difference only you can make from guests who have appeared on Creative on Purpose Live.

This week's wisdom comes from bestselling author The Coaching Habit, Michael Bungay Stanier.

[Michael] "If you are a force for good in this...

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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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Bernadette Jiwa - Telling Better Stories storytelling tips from podcast guests Jun 11, 2021

Insight and inspiration for flying higher in the difference only you can make from guests who have appeared on Creative on Purpose Live.

This week's wisdom comes from bestselling author and creator of the Story Skills Workshop, Bernadette Jiwa.

[Scott] "Tell us just a couple of ideas or...

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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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Martha Beck - One Degree Turns tips from podcast guests Jun 04, 2021

Insight and inspiration for flying higher in the difference only you can make from guests who have appeared on Creative on Purpose Live.

Martha Beck, Author of the Way of Integrity, on the Power of One Degree Turns

"So, what I would say is, take some time today, and tomorrow, and the...

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