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How to Beat Mediocrity personal development Jan 26, 2022

Mediocrity is a fascinating word. How do you define it?

For me, to be mediocre is to settle for the seductive sufficiency of the status quo. Things are neither good nor bad. Everything, including you, is just fine the way it is.

But the etymology of the word provides additional juiciness.

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Don't Seize the Day personal development stoicism Jan 24, 2022

Like many, I was introduced to the concept of carpe diem by Robin Williams in his role as an inspiring teacher in the movie The Dead Poets Society. Actually, when the movie came out, I was trying very hard to be that kind of teacher at a small private school in New England.

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Can we disagree without being disagreeable? personal development Jan 24, 2022

Turn on the news or scroll through your feed, and you'll soon see that disagreement abounds. Maybe that's because media is in the business of making money, and disagreement sells.

But I wonder if there's more to it?

We are creatures quite caught up with our own identities. We put a lot of stock...

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First Things First personal development Jan 19, 2022

Do you find yourself easily distracted when you sit down or set out to get going with the difference only you can make?

Yeah. Me too.

It'd be easy to blame screens and media that are designed to divert and keep our attention. Then there are the friends and family (and more than the occasional...

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Memento Mori personal development stoicism Jan 17, 2022

Begin with the end in mind.

It's an idea often credited to  the author and businessman Stephen Covey, but it’s been around much longer than he has.

Beginning with the end in mind encourages you to begin each day, task, or project with a clear vision of your desired direction and...

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How to Be Less Reactive and More Responsive personal development Jan 12, 2022

Have you ever been minding your own business, moving through your day-to-day, making a difference when all of a sudden someone or something comes along that hijacks your time, attention, and energy?

Yeah, me too.

I don't know about you, but my default setting is to drop everything and engage to...

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Where do purpose and passion reside? personal development Jan 10, 2022

Where do purpose and passion reside?

Is it “out there” for you to discover and exploit? Or is it inside you to be excavated and employed?

I wonder if it’s neither?

Or perhaps both?

Perhaps it's “both-and?”

What if purpose and passion naturally occur from doing...

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The Resolution Solution personal development Jan 05, 2022

I've been a personal development junkie since I was a young teenager. With a nagging sense that I could be and do more, I was drawn to self-help books, fantasy novels, and biographies of inventors and influencers. All provided promises, pathways, and programs for nurturing my potential.

And for a...

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Surrender personal development stoicism Jan 03, 2022

How are you?

There's abundant uncertainty in the world. What's your relationship with not knowing what's next? Have you considered surrender?

Surrender isn't giving up or giving in. Surrender is letting go of what was not yours in the first place.

What if, just for today, you let go of your...

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Thankfulness personal development Dec 29, 2021

I've written before about the power of practicing gratitude—appreciation for the simple, everyday conveniences, experiences, and pleasures bestowed upon us.

Today, I'm more interested in thankfulness.

What's the difference?

Admittedly, not much. Most of us use these terms interchangeably.

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The Gift of Presence personal development stoicism Dec 27, 2021

The life of a difference-maker is rewarding, for sure. It's also challenging. There are endless opportunities, distractions, interesting problems to solve, and connections to consider.

The irony is, how you lean into navigating these "challenge opportunities" is what makes the work we do so...

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Enoughness personal development Dec 22, 2021

Many forces conspire against our inner-narrative about our own worthiness.

Sure, there are the expectations promoted by society and the media. And then there's indoctrination by institutionalized education and occupation. But there are also evolutionary and biological imperatives driving our...

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