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Is it time to reset? personal development Jul 28, 2021

In sports, halftime is a scheduled pause in play. An opportunity for teams to reset–a time to rethink strategy and recalibrate tactics before resuming play. It's scheduled chronologically, midway in the action, but sometimes provides space for a timeless and even transformative moment.

As a...

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The Discipline of Delight by Design personal development storytelling Jul 26, 2021

What the heck does delight have to do with making a difference?

Plenty.

Human beings are hardwired to be attracted by and embrace delight. Unexpected pleasure or joy is what makes moments memorable, even mundane or challenging ones. 

Ever had an especially great server at a restaurant? My...

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The Grammar of Identity personal development Jul 21, 2021

The last time I wrote about identity, I addressed the perils of clinging to identity narratives. Today, I wonder if rethinking the grammar of identity might promote a healthier and more holistic way to think about who you are while holding space for who you aspire to be.

We most often...

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Overwhelm personal development Jul 19, 2021

When was the last time you experienced overwhelm?

For me, I negotiate with overwhelm on a daily (almost hourly) basis. In fact, I'm dancing with it right now as I try to write this. What do you say when you don't know what to say? What do you say when you can, in fact, say anything?

Here's...

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3 Tips for Living the Good Life personal development stoicism Jul 14, 2021

You're probably familiar (maybe painfully so) with my fondness for ancient wisdom. If so, you may have heard me reference the quote, "Know thyself."

This is the most well-known maxim inscribed above the entrance to the Temple of Apolo, where the ancient Greeks sought prophetic insight from the...

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Choose Your Story... personal development storytelling Jul 12, 2021

Human beings have always made sense of themselves, their circumstances, and each other through narrative. I'm telling myself a story about myself, about what's going on around me, about you, and even telling myself a story about the story you're telling yourself about me.

It all gets...

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Stepping Into Possibility personal development stoicism Jul 08, 2021

Embrace Uncertainty • Navigate Adversity • Make Things Better

Stillness in the Storm

Life in the ancient world was full of adversity. If you lived to adulthood, you likely endured war, famine, plague, natural disaster, or some combination of these.

And yet…

In antiquity, there...

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What is freedom really? personal development stoicism Jul 07, 2021

What is freedom really?

I find this question difficult to answer.

Many, including me, too often take freedom for granted. It's not just a privilege we enjoy. It's an entitlement promised by Declarations and protected by Constitutions.

And yet, many are not allowed to fully partake of these...

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Who You Are and What You Do personal development Jun 30, 2021

“Tell me with whom you consort, and I will tell you who you are.”—Goethe

Maybe you’ve seen the Jim Rohn quote about being the average of the five people you spend the most time with? How’s your score?

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not...

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The question isn't if... personal development Jun 23, 2021

The question isn't if you can make a difference. The question is if and when you will acknowledge and embrace the difference only you can make.

Maybe you're ready to start. Perhaps you've already started. Either way, you're likely complicit in impeding your own progress.

It's not your fault.

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The Identity Trap personal development Jun 21, 2021

To be clear, identity matters. Given the current reckoning around the unfair distribution of privilege, it's absolutely understandable and necessary to acknowledge and honor those who identify as members of historically marginalized populations.

Building identity is an essential and powerful...

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Why I run at the Cemetery personal development stoicism storytelling Jun 17, 2021
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