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Shift Happens personal development stoicism Oct 05, 2020

"No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and he's not the same man." - Heraclitus

Whether we're talking about shifting sands, shifting gears, a seismic shift, or shifting deckchairs on the Titanic, one thing's for sure, shift happens.

What's your relationship...

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Can I trust you? personal development Sep 28, 2020

Who leaps to mind when I ask the question, "Who do you trust?" 

If you didn't choose yourself, you are not alone.

Why is that?

I think trust is like empathy. Easy to extend to others, hard to practice toward yourself.

"As soon as you trust yourself, you will know...

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Planning vs. Doing personal development Sep 21, 2020

The distinction is so obvious, why bother pointing it out?

Because planning feels like doing.

Why?

Blame dopamine.

Dopamine is the goal seeking brain chemical that fuels our affection for to-do lists, New Year's resolutions, and 5-year plans. The problem is the act of writing down or...

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Interconnectedness
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Interconnectedness onward excerpts personal development Sep 14, 2020

To fully understand altruism is to embrace interconnectedness. Both are at the heart of what it means to be a healthy, functioning human being. 

Interconnectedness is swinging between you, the singular individual, and you, the minuscule piece of the entire whole. It’s a sophisticated,...

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Chasing Change vs. Creating Change personal development Sep 07, 2020

As difference-makers, making change happen is what you do. That's the gig.

Not any old change, of course. You seek to make things better.

But are you chasing change or creating change?

I don't know about you, but too often, I find myself chasing change. Darting from...

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Are you ready to make a difference? personal development Aug 31, 2020

"To make a difference." What does it even mean?

For people like us, it means leaning in and leveling up in work that enhances our lives while elevating the lives of others. Making things better. Serving. Doing the work. Living your legacy.

To be a difference maker is to pursue...

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RealSchool personal development Aug 24, 2020

Our schools are not serving us.

This is not the fault of students, parents, teachers, or administrators.

The predicament we're in with our current approach to educating is rooted in its history. The problems are structural and systemic.

Our current academic institutions were built for...

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Acceptance Vs. Surrender personal development Aug 24, 2020

To be clear, I'm not talking about acceptance as synonymous with passive resignation. Nor am I speaking to surrender as giving in to an event or opponent. I'm thinking of acceptance and surrender as they apply to the art of living well.

Given that challenges and hardships are inevitable,...

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You don't need a coach. personal development Aug 17, 2020

Of course you don't. You're fine just the way you are.

If you're content to remain that way, you definitely do not need a coach.

And yet...

Some of us recognize that although we're sufficient as we are, we can't stop striving to be better. Where we are is okay, but...

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Creative Leadership creativity personal development Aug 10, 2020

Creativity is an inherent human instinct used to solve interesting, difficult, and even wicked problems.

Leadership is the practical skill of influencing or guiding others in a common pursuit.

More than ever, the world needs creative leadership.

Authority, title, or permission are not...

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Appreciation & Presence
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Appreciation & Presence onward excerpts personal development Jul 27, 2020

One of the reasons appreciation is such an effective and efficient mood lifter is that it returns us to the here and now. It cultivates presence and mindfulness.

You can’t be grateful and anxious at the same time.

Anxiety is often caused by attachment to unhappy stories you’re telling...

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Community & Culture
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Community & Culture onward excerpts personal development Jul 20, 2020

Community and culture are terms often misused and conflated.

Community is driven by proximity. The people you find yourself surrounded by defines your community. 

Culture is driven by ideas and actions. The shared ideas and idiosyncrasies of a group define culture. Culture isn’t...

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