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Are we really merely players? art of encore living personal development Jun 08, 2022

I found Shakespeare difficult to read back in Jr. High School. However, I recently immensely enjoyed rereading As You Like It.

It opens with this line.

"All the world's a stage,

And all the men and women merely players."

The way I read this is that ol' Willie is revealing both the personal...

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The Art of Encore Living art of encore living personal development May 30, 2022

We all do the work we have to do to make a living.

If we're lucky, that work isn't soul-sucking and maybe even feels rewarding.

And if we're REALLY lucky, that work aligns with who we are, what we're good at, and where we belong.

That kind of work feels meaningful and fulfilling—more of a...

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The Difference Between Dreams & Desires personal development May 25, 2022

Langston Hughes' poem Dreams was one of the few we encouraged our sons to memorize while homeschooling them.

Do you know it? Here it is.

Dreams, by Langston Hughes

Hold fast to dreams
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly. 

Hold fast to dreams
For...

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Where the Art of Living REALLY Begins art of encore living personal development purpose May 23, 2022

The art of living—what does that mean to you?*

What it means to live well and how one does it are central preoccupations of most ancient philosophical and spiritual disciplines.

Despite the lack of a definitive answer, we don't talk much about the art of living well these days. Why is...

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What Purpose Isn't personal development purpose May 18, 2022

For those who seek to make a difference, purpose is crucial.

And yet...

It is a term that is often confused or conflated with other ideas like vision, mission, or goal. I teased apart the difference between purpose and passion already. Here's my current attempt to do the same with these...

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The Difference Between Purpose & Passion personal development purpose May 16, 2022

Purpose and passion are terms that are often conflated and used interchangeably.

That is unhealthy and dangerous.

Here are five distinctions I make in my work helping others define the difference only they can make (AKA "their purpose") and living more passionately.

  1. Purpose is your reason for...
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Where the Art of Living Begins personal development purpose May 11, 2022

The art of living is the central concern of most ancient philosophical and spiritual traditions. 

And yet, we rarely discuss how to live a good life in our educational and occupational institutions.

Why is that?

I honestly don’t know. Yet, these questions have been my...

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Commencement on Purpose personal development purpose May 09, 2022

The local high school prom was last weekend here in Floyd, VA. That means commencement season is right around the corner.

Commencement is a fascinating word. It’s the day and ceremony marking the end of an academic journey, celebrated with speeches, awards, and certificates, and...

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The Purpose Paradox personal development purpose May 04, 2022

Do you know your life’s purpose?

If you answered, “No,” you’re not alone...

According to recent polls, only 25% of people in the United States have a clear sense of purpose and meaning in their lives.

57% are searching for greater purpose and meaning.

Purpose is how we...

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Emergence personal development May 02, 2022

As a coach, I hear the word "transformation" quite a bit. Maybe too much...

In Seth Godin's Akimbo Workshops, where I served as a head coach for four years, "transformative" is the number one word students use to describe their experience after completing a program.

"Transformative" is...

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A Leader of Leaders personal development Apr 27, 2022

I believe that too often we conflate leadership with expertise and authority.

We assume others must have more knowledge and power than us and therefor look for leaders beyond ourselves and our circle.

But what do great leaders do, really?

A dictionary definition of...

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Clarifying Your Purpose personal development purpose Apr 25, 2022

Purpose is an evolving thing.

Just as you are a work in progress, the difference only you can make is something that is refined and iterated over time.

Here are 3 questions you can ask yourself daily to help you clarify and stay in your purpose and decide your next small, bold steps...

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