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The Status Quo Is Not the Enemy (But It Is in the Way) personal development Oct 04, 2019

The status quo is not the enemy. 

But it is in the way.

Sure, things are just fine as they are. It is what it is. 

At the same time, things can be better.

So can you.

So...

What if you took a look around and at yourself and asked, “What...

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Do Your Thinking on the Ground personal development Sep 30, 2019

I don't recall where I heard it, but I love the exhortation to "Do your thinking on the ground."

Maybe it comes from a quote attributed to Theodore Roosevelt, "Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground."

Sure, keep your head in the clouds. Dream big.

But do it with your feet...

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What does it take to make a difference? personal development stoicism Sep 22, 2019

What does it take to make a difference?

It helps if you’ve considered the Ancient Greek aphorism, “Know thyself."

You also need to see things as they are. What’s within your control? What’s not?

Most things are not within your control, but some are within...

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“That’s the gig." personal development stoicism Sep 16, 2019

"What man actually needs is not a tensionless state but rather the striving and struggling for some goal worthy of him." - Viktor Frankl

Work worth doing is fraught. There will be delays, obstacles, misfortune, and failure. 

No amount of learning, preparation, or practice can prepare you...

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Want to get going? Get guided! personal development Sep 02, 2019

In your endeavor, what are the values on which you won't compromise? What are the principles that serve as your north star?

Here are some of the guiding principles I lean on in my work at Creative on Purpose.

Values:

  • Integrity - knowing who I am.
  • Intention - knowing what I'm here to do.

Guiding...

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"I'm sorry that you feel that way.” (And Other Lies We Tell) personal development Sep 02, 2019

You're in a conversation or an email or text exchange. You say or write something that unintentionally, or unconsciously, or otherwise causes injury. The person on the receiving end expresses that they feel hurt or harmed.

And so you say, "I'm sorry that you feel that way."

Let's be clear. "I'm...

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Serve the Soul, Not the Signal personal development stoicism Aug 26, 2019

When someone is celebrating an achievement or sharing a moment of joy, the signals sent are clear and easy to read.

When someone is anxious, angry, fearful, or suffering, the signals they send can be conflated, confusing, and conflicted.

When confronted or engaging with someone who's in anguish,...

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What legacy will you leave? personal development stoicism Aug 18, 2019

"Think of yourself as dead. You have lived your life. Now take what’s left and live it properly." - Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, 7.56

When your time on earth is done, who will remember you? How will you be remembered? What will you be remembered for? 

Too often we treat legacy...

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The Problem with Contribution personal development Aug 11, 2019

The problem with contribution is that too often we conflate it with credit or complaint.

When things turn out well, we forget we merely contributed to an achievement and take all the credit for it. When things don't turn out well, we deny our contribution and complain that it was all...

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What does it mean to live fully? personal development Aug 05, 2019

What does it mean to live fully? What does it take?

Here are some thoughts I'm contemplating.

  • less certainty, more curiosity
  • less waiting, more starting
  • less detachment, more connecting
  • less instruction, more invitation
  • less cleverness, more craft
  • less analysis,...
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What's it for? What's now? What's next? personal development Jul 29, 2019

When I find myself succumbing to inertia in my endeavors, I usually don't need to look beyond the mirror to see what's bogging me down.

Spinning cycles on regrets about the past or anxieties about the future are common challenges for many of us.

What to do...?

I keep three questions close at...

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How to Get Out of Your Own Way personal development Jul 22, 2019

It took me a long time to see it, but once I did, I couldn't unsee it.

The thing standing in the way of me and the me I wanted to be was myself. My situation and circumstances weren't holding me back from making the difference I wanted to make. It was the guy in the mirror looking back at...

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