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Half Truths, Myths, and Magical Thinking

I ran across a statement the other day that gave me pause for I truly thought that, stand alone, it was a dangerous concept: “Hire amazing people and give them freedom and they will do…

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Seeking Failure Points

Every process, system, or human effort has multiple potential failure points, some more probable than others and some more crucial. I once worked as an…

Energy Management Trumps Time Management

What you focus on expands, thoughts held in mind attract in kind. Stop managing your time; start managing your focus, your thoughts, and your energy.…

The Phrase That De-Powers: “I’ll Try”

Trying isn’t doing. As Yoda said, “No! Try not. Do, or do not. There is no try.” Saying “I’ll try” is a weak response that does not create confidence; “I’ll try” is almost a pre-excuse for…

The Seduction of Role Suction

Role suction refers to the tendency to drop back into familiar roles either from childhood, or previous relationships or jobs. Common roles are the joker,…

News Flash: You Don’t Have to ACT the way you FEEL

Feelings are more transitory than we sometimes realize. Emotions are frequently like the rain and the sun; they come and they go. And just as…

Who holds your strings?

As in puppet strings; as in who is in control? The only good answer is “I do!” Yet even in the 7th decade of my…

Three Ways to Make Stress Your Ally

The impact of stress tends to follow an “Inverted U”: Some level is motivational and helpful however past a certain point, some folks experience the…

Objectivius Shinium Syndromus

Objectivius Shinium Syndromus or “Shiny Object Syndrome” (SOS) is the tendency to let a new idea or concept or venture capture your imagination to a…

Never Compare Your Inside to Others’ Outside

When I was younger, I used to wonder when I’d finally make it to the “Other Side”, that land of milk and honey, that place…

Can You Self-Distance?

“Self-distancing” is the ability to stand outside one’s self and gain perspective, to in essence take a psychological “time-out”. It’s your mother’s “count to 10…

Shunning Inferior Pleasures

I will leave each reader to define for themselves what constitutes “inferior pleasures” for them; principles are simple, application can be complex. Yet every one…

The Joys of Seeking Desirable Difficulty

Why would difficulty ever be desirable? Because in overcoming difficulty we grow stronger. Just as the athletic trains by lifting ever greater weights, so too…

Are you Running on Default Mode?

Default mode is taking the easy way out, the path of least resistance, accepting the status quo without question or meaningful demur. People tend to…

This is What I Do

How do you motivate yourself? How do you keep yourself going when you are tired, fatigued, falling behind? How do you tap into your best…

Q&A on the Path to Happiness and Success (Part 2)

Early Career According to your blog, you purchased your first income-producing property in the early 1970s. What year in college were you in when you…

Making Your Own Luck

Luck is the intersection of preparation and opportunity. Relentlessly increasing your skill sets (Preparation!) certainly increases the scope of the opportunities you can jump on;…

Preparing to Be Calm

Curbing my “intensity” has long been one of my personal/professionally growth goals and it is SO easy to fall for the “argue for your weakness…

Five Sure Fire Ways to Make Yourself Unhappy

1. Put Your Sense of Self-Worth into the hands of others. Never, ever let others define you or set your goals or priorities. “My Sense…

Best Reason Ever to Embrace Failure

Embrace Failure? Hug it? Love on it? What? Well, given that failure has occurred (and I assure you, it will occur again… and again… and…

Questions #1

Hello Mr. Collier, I hope all is well with you. When you have some time could you please answer the below questions? Thank you so…

Law School and General Time Management

Q: Mr. Collier, I have questions regarding general time management advice during law school. My goal is to continue on to law school at the…

Is Owning and Managing Residential Real Estate Still a Good Investment for Individuals?

Q: Sir, you started off by renting residential. Given the state of the modern residential real estate economy, do you think buying and renting residential is…

Staying Open

To maintain the civilized dialogue which is essential to a functioning democracy, avoid responding with ad hominem attacks on those whose views differ from yours,…

Q & A

Q: Your early educational background began with finance followed by an MBA; it’s clear you had business on your mind from the start. I was…

Hara Hachi Bu

When do you stop eating? What is your “cue”? Your internal or external signal? Many of us are on a “Sea/See” Food Diet: We see…