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Five Ways to Turn Disagreements into Diamonds

1) Frame it as a discussion, as a search for understanding and mutually acceptable solutions; never as conflict. There is a REASON for this person’s opinion, position, or point of view. When folks feel listened…

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Questions

Morning Mr. Collier, I hope all is well with you. When you get a moment could you please answer the below questions? Thank you for…

Metta

Have you ever longed for “peace of mind”? For quiet contentment? To still the monkey chatter in your mind, to quiet your internal critic or…

The Art of Swordlessness

“If you have attained mastery of swordlessness, you will never lack for a sword. The opponent’s sword is your sword.” – Yagyū Munenori, 1571 –…

What would you tell your 30 year old self today?

Morning Mr. Collier; I hope all is well with you. When you get a moment would you mind answering a question? What would you tell…

Turning Adversity into Advantage

I am still humbled by how often I stumble, how frequently I fall short of my aspirations. Somehow I’d expected that as time passed, it…

Are Entrepreneurs Born or Made?

Sam Zell (founder of two largest American REITs; Equity Office and Equity Residential) was recently interviewed and asked if his children had followed him into…

Business Debt v. Personal Debt

Morning Mr. Collier; I hope all is well with you. When you get a moment would you mind answering the below questions? What’s the difference…

Questions on Wealth

What net worth would you consider a person to be wealthy? What monthly cash flow would you consider a person wealthy? Webster’s says wealth is…

5 Ways We Lie to Ourselves

Confirmation Bias: We look for evidence that confirms what we already believe and we discount that which makes us uncomfortable. Related to the Belief Bias;…

Beware the Halos or Horns Effect

Oh, we humans! We are SO full of cognitive bias (that’s psych speak for “jumping to conclusions”) and we are so often so unaware of…

The Magic Question That Will Change Your Life

So what is this magical question that can improve the quality of every relationship you are in, every product you produce, every service you deliver,…

Questions

How would you define financial freedom? Financial freedom is as much a frame of mind and an approach to life as it is state of…

Mentor’s Reply to Young Entrepreneur’s Questions (Part XIX)

Hello Mr. Collier, I hope all is well. When you get a moment could you please answer these? Would you agree that using all of…

Stop Lying… to Yourself

We like to think of ourselves as rational thinkers, coming to objective conclusions about the world around us. Truth be told, study after study has…

Who Runs Your Life?

Are you really free if you are bound by habits/desires you fail to muster the willpower to shake? Habits are a fixed way of thinking,…

The Undisciplined Pursuit of More

Do you know you? Really, really know yourself? Understand your drives, motivations, triggers, deepest longings, most hidden fears? How self-aware are you truly? How much…

Three Secrets to Unhappiness

Nurture Resentments Why rent space in your head to those that don’t love you, to thoughts that don’t serve you? One of my favorite affirmations…

The Full Glass

Proponents of optimism and positive thinking (of which I am unabashedly an advocate, see links below on the health benefits) tell us to see the…

Mentor’s Reply to Young Entrepreneur’s Questions (Part XVIII)

Good morning Mr. Collier, Here are some questions I have been pondering, when you get a moment could you please answer? Thank you for your…

Your Inner Life is Your Greatest Source of Strength

There is a voice inside your head that is constantly “on”, chattering away, talking to you. This voice has a personality, a world view, tendencies,…

What Triggers You?

You’ve lived with yourself for a good number of years but how well do you know yourself? Understand yourself? Do you REALLY know your motivations…

Coaching v. Micromanaging

Coaching: “Directing, instructing, and training to achieve some goal or develop specific skills.” Micromanaging: “Supervision with excessive/obsessive control or attention on details.” No leader, no…

Felt Any Zielschmerz Lately?

Zielschmerz is “the exhilarating dread of finally pursuing a lifelong dream, which requires you to put your true abilities out there to be tested on…

Beware the Dunning–Kruger Effect

The most dangerous person is the confident incompetent. Unfortunately, according to the Dunning–Kruger Effect, it is almost inevitable that the incompetent will be over-confident in…

What is Your Relationship Belief System?

People have many belief systems about relationships that powerfully affect the quality and length of their relationships. Interestingly, many of these beliefs are not consciously…