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What I've Been Reading - Winter 2020 book recommendations personal development Jan 20, 2020

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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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What Pain Teaches personal development Jan 13, 2020

"I am not what happened to me. I am what I choose to become." - Carl Jung

Pain and suffering are real. Each is difficult to navigate. Either can break us temporarily or permanently.

But pain and suffering are not the same. Understanding the distinction can make all the difference.

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The Catastrophe of Self personal development Jan 06, 2020

The Catastrophe of Self

It happens over and over, again and again. I see it in the lives and work of those I serve and in my own endeavors. In our efforts to be and do better, what obstacle impedes our progress? What foe trips us up at the finish line? What force conspires against us?

"We have...

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Now What? personal development Jan 01, 2020

As we step into a new year and a new decade, many of us are considering stepping into new possibilities.

What are you starting today? Healthier habits? Better relationships? Meaningful work?

What I learned in 2019 is that I experience the greatest sense of wellbeing when I'm engaged in...

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What's your vision for 2021? personal development Dec 30, 2019

Progress in your endeavor must begin with answering this question, "What is your vision for a better world?" 

Answer that question for 2021 and establishing your mission, goals, strategy, and tactics for 2020 becomes much easier.

What's your vision for 2021? Who will...

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How to make 2020 the best year ever in your endeavor. personal development Dec 23, 2019

What are you doing to prepare for making 2020 the best year ever in your endeavor?

Here's some of what I did in 2019 that helped me fly higher with Creative on Purpose. I'd welcome hearing your thoughts on any of these tips!

I'd...

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Is happiness overrated? personal development Dec 16, 2019

Happiness, it's what most of us are chasing. If you're American,"the pursuit of happiness" is even a patriotic duty, 

We look for it in love, work, and what we buy. And yet...

According to all the studies, most of us aren't finding happiness. Actually, the opposite of happiness,...

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Character Loans personal development Dec 09, 2019

When I decided to open up a music store in my little town I went to my bank. After a quick chat that was more catching up than discussion of my business plan, I signed a note, shook hands with the bank manager, and left with a larger loan than I'd asked.

In the financial world this kind of...

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Work I Love by People I Like personal development Dec 07, 2019
2019 has been a breakthrough year for Creative on Purpose. A meaningful hobby became a thriving and prosperous enterprise that makes a difference. 
 
This is largely due to friends and fellow travelers I met in Seth Godin's altMBA and Akimbo Workshops.
 
To start returning the...
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Spending Vs. Investing personal development Dec 01, 2019

If you're like me, you spent some time with family and friends last weekend. You probably spent some money as well.

Time spent with the right people is an investment. So is money well spent. You enhance your life and the lives of others through investments made with intention and...

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Appreciation for what you already have. personal development Nov 30, 2019

Aspiration matters. It matters a lot.

Things could be better. Your potential can be developed. Endeavors that enhance the lives of others and ourselves are worthy pursuits.

And...

At the same time, remember that everything, including yourself, is alright as it...

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The Perils of Positive Thinking personal development stoicism Nov 25, 2019

It's no secret, setting intentions alone does not manifest change. Sending your intentions out into the universe is a one way conversation.

Good things may come to those who wait, but those things taste like Guinness or ketchup.

Intentions matter, of course. Set them with care and...

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