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What's now? What's next? personal development Mar 15, 2021

If you're reading this, you're an aspiring or advancing difference-maker. What's going on in your endeavor right now? What needs to happen next to continue developing your potential and delivering on your promise in your enterprise?

Here are three questions to help you re-center,...

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Witness • Reflect • Invite personal development Mar 10, 2021

How do you provide meaningful feedback that helps others help themselves?

It feels generous to turn on lights and open doors for others. However, more powerful advances are made when switches and thresholds are revealed, and someone turns on lights and walks through doorways of...

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Does fortune favor the bold? personal development stoicism Mar 08, 2021

"Fortune favors the bold" (from the Latin proverb, "audentes Fortuna iuvat") may sound like trite or even dangerous advice. Yet, it's a motto employed by military units, family crests, and even universities across the world. It resonates strongly enough with me that I adopted boldness as one...

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Of Fate, Destiny, and Agency personal development stoicism Mar 03, 2021

Fate and destiny are terms frequently confused and conflated. Agency is an idea often ignored and misunderstood. A better understanding of each and how they work together may determine whether your journey as a creative difference-maker is frustrating or flourishing.

Fate is simply what is...

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Is life happening to you...? personal development storytelling Mar 01, 2021

Is life happening to you or through you?

The victim's role is enticing. When the story you tell yourself is that life is happening to you, you're off the hook. "People and forces beyond my control are conspiring against me, oh woe is me." You might even seduce a few friends...

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All well and good... personal development Feb 24, 2021

The thing about inserting the phrase "all well and good" into a sentence is that it's never the end of the statement. You never see it punctuated with a period. "All well and good" is always followed by "but" and then some contradictory statement.

I hear it most often when colliding...

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What's work for? personal development Feb 22, 2021

Human beings are fascinating. 

We work. All living things seek and capture energy to produce or accomplish things. This, after all, is what distinguishes living things from inanimate ones.

But only humans endeavor as a means for building identity, forging meaning,...

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What's the difference only you can make? personal development Feb 16, 2021
Do you ever feel like you were born to do more than what you do for a living? What's the difference only you can make in the world?
 
Becoming my better self is a journey in endeavors that serve others–husband, father, coach, and community facilitator. Each vocation enhances my...
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Becoming personal development Feb 15, 2021

When I look back on my life's journey, my knee jerk response is that I reinvented myself many times over the years. The once juvenile delinquent turned into a jock, then turned into an honors student, then turned into a scholarship recipient, then turned into a teacher, then turned into a...

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Are you ready to get real? personal development Feb 10, 2021

What is the work you're meant to do now?

Not the work you were born to do. None of us are born for a single purpose.

All of us are born with a social nature, a capacity for reason, and a creative instinct. Why not employ these impulses in the human work of making things...

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Abundant Uncertainty personal development Feb 08, 2021

How often do you answer the questions, "What do you think's going to happen next?" or "What should we do next?" with "I have no idea. Isn't that great?!"

If you're like me, probably not very often.

Human beings are fascinating. We love to push ourselves beyond the edges of our understanding...

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The Creative on Purpose Manifesto creative on purpose basics Feb 03, 2021

We envision a world where everyone can build identity and forge meaning through meaningful work done with and for others.

Creative on Purpose helps people like you see and step into possibility in endeavors that make things better. It's time to develop and deliver the difference only you can...

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