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Rethinking Authority personal development stoicism storytelling May 12, 2021

For good reason, many are questioning authority these days. For far too long, authority has been unfairly and unjustly distributed.

We should, and we must, cease this historical pattern and work together to extend privilege and opportunity to everyone, starting with those from whom it has been...

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The Best Teacher Ever personal development May 10, 2021

Imposter syndrome is getting a lot of attention these days. There's all kinds of advice on social media, blogs, and podcasts about how to beat it. Some even claim to have the secret to quitting or killing imposter syndrome.

I call "bullsh*t."

For the uninitiated, imposter syndrome is the feeling...

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Thought Leadership personal development May 05, 2021

It seems to me that being a thought leader requires just two things, a thought and a willingness to lead.

But is that really enough?

There are more than enough people sharing their thoughts. What's less clear is how much leadership is actually happening...

Leadership is the ability to lead....

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The Virtues of Anger personal development May 03, 2021

Anger is a many-splendored thing. Most often, we see it as dangerous and harmful–something to be curbed and avoided. I disagree (mostly).

Sure, cultivating and acting upon unhealthy and irrational anger is not a path to happiness or equanimity. At the same time, our prehistoric brain...

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Leading begins with believing. personal development Apr 28, 2021

Let’s start with clarifying terms...

By leadership, I do not mean authority. Transformational leadership does not depend on position. It’s a posture available to anyone who cares enough to commit to making things better through an endeavor that serves others.

And by...

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A Lever and a Place to Stand personal development Apr 26, 2021

"Give me a lever long enough and a place to stand and I will move the earth."–Archimedes

Making your mark in the world or a dent in the universe might feel impossible. I'd assert otherwise. Everyone one of us has the potential to make a difference. 

But how?

I'd argue that it begins...

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With and For personal development Apr 21, 2021

Difference-makers are generous disruptors.

Sure everything is fine just as it is. And, yet...

...things could be better.

And the way we make things better is together, to commit to a common cause and each other. Meaningful change for the better is an endeavor we do with and for each other.

Change...

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People are fascinating... personal development stoicism Apr 14, 2021

The world is full of people who malign, disparage, frustrate and ignore you. How do you handle that?

I’ve put up with a fair number of *ssholes in my time. Whiners, posers, liars, and assorted other bad actors are a daily diet in all of our life’s endeavors.

I used to really...

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Why do you do what you do? personal development storytelling Apr 12, 2021

Do you ever wonder if you could show up more fully in your life and make a bigger difference?

Me too.

The fear of dying with the difference only I can make still inside became very real to me when I nearly got run over while jogging across a crosswalk during my daily run to the cemetery and back....

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Be the thermostat... personal development stoicism Apr 07, 2021

Equanimity is one of my favorite words.

First of all, it's fun to say. Seriously. Say it aloud several times. It's a word that ping-pongs around your mouth like a pinball. It starts with hitting the back of your mouth, careens to the roof, and bounces off your closed lips back to the top...

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Origin Story personal development storytelling Apr 05, 2021

Origin stories are often told as if they were well-planned road trips. The truth is, most meaningful endeavors are born of chaos, confusion, challenge, or crisis.

The epiphany that ended my odyssey to define what and who Creative on Purpose is for came thanks to a misstep that almost...

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Second Act personal development Mar 31, 2021

It's frequently called a second act. In his book on the subject, David Brooks named it in the title, The Second Mountain. Fr. Richard Rohr calls it "the second half of life" in Falling Upward.

Whatever you call it, some of us at some point decide to move from making a living to living a...

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