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

Integrated onward excerpts personal development Mar 16, 2020

The pursuit of work-life balance was always an exercise in frustration for me.

I engage in multiple roles every day –husband, father, teacher, musician, writer, and coach, to name a few. 

I used to believe each role was a bucket and that all the buckets had to be filled equally. Even...

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Creativity in Times of Crisis creativity make america create again personal development Mar 12, 2020

Crisis hijacks the healthier impulses we need to leverage when things go sideways.

"What am I to do when [INSERT CURRENT CRISIS HERE]?!"

Let's start by contextualizing the situation at hand. Yes, the current crisis is new and now, but novelty and proximity don't have...

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The Antidote to Judgement onward excerpts personal development Mar 09, 2020

We often unconsciously make value judgments about situations and others based on beliefs informed by our experience that confirm our existing internal narrative.

We find comfort in knowing where we stand and what’s expected of us. But what we really want is to know where we belong and how...

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The Virtues of Overwhelm personal development Mar 02, 2020

We live in a world full of information and distraction. In this world, overwhelm can be a real and debilitating response. Confronted with an abundance of  stimuli and choices, we may well choose to do nothing.

And sometimes, doing nothing can be an entirely appropriate response.

Overwhelm is...

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Less Is More endeavor book excerpts personal development Feb 29, 2020

This is an excerpt from my best-selling Amazon title, Endeavor: Cultivate Excellence While Making a Difference.

“To attain knowledge, add things every day. To attain wisdom, remove things every day.” - Lao Tzu

This is the hardest lesson I’ve ever learned. In fact, I...

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The Formula for Making a Difference personal development Feb 24, 2020

Here's my current working model for a formula for making a difference:

Creativity + Character = Change for the Better

Creativity - the act of bending, breaking, or otherwise bringing something new into the world.

Here's how I define it in the Creative on Purpose Handbook, "Creativity is the...

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How to Decide personal development Feb 17, 2020

What's your attitude and process toward decision-making?

Actually, making the case to be a decision-maker might be the place to start.

You don't have to decide, of course. But if you're going to make change happen or make progress in your endeavor, you must...

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Lessons Learned at the Modern Elder Academy personal development Feb 15, 2020

My wife, Lisa, and I had the privilege of recently attending a session of The Making of a Modern Elder program at Chip Conley's Modern Elder Academy.

Lisa and I arrived full of curiosity and eager to level up in our quest to gain clarity and skill in creating and contributing as modern elders.

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Speed Vs. Velocity personal development Feb 10, 2020

I often catch myself confusing or conflating speed and velocity. I mistake my going fast for making progress toward an intended target.

Here's the deal.

Speed is the rate at which an object covers distance. It's the distance traveled over a specified amount of time. Speed is ignorant of...

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Embracing Uncertainty personal development Feb 01, 2020

It seems as if the ‘right’ ideas, beliefs, or causes ‘win.’ Those in positions of authority or positioned as successful seem to earn that status through certainty and audacity.

But appearances are deceiving. They don't tell the whole story. And they don't have to define...

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Stillness in Motion personal development stoicism Jan 24, 2020

What do you do when you don't know what to do?

Discussing this question with friends led me to contemplate the virtues of both stillness and motion.

What do you do when you don't know what to do?

One perspective is that uncertainty about what to do next is an invitation to adopt a...

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Miners, Farmers, and Hunter Gatherers personal development Jan 24, 2020

Miners extract. They take and take until there's no more to take.

Farmers grow. They cultivate in pursuit of abundance and excess.

Hunter gatherers forage. They harvest what they need, taking care that what's taken will be replenished.

Historically, miners and farmers put in long days...

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