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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 – May 11, 1646 Often the application of power is not…

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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…

Programming Yourself for Failure

I hear people programming themselves for failure: consistent use of negative language, persistent choice of words that speak of defeat and failure before the battle…

Waste Your Spare Time = Derail Your Success

“I don’t have time” or “I couldn’t find the time” are some of the most common excuses for not moving forward. The truth is, we…

Single Greatest Reason

What would you say is the single greatest reason for your business achievements? Poverty is a great motivator! For an extended period of time as…

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,…

Stop Sorting Gravel

Stephen R. Covey, author of “7 Habits of Highly Effective People”, used a dramatic illustration to teach the value of time and energy management. Covey…

Practicing Ta eph’hemin, Ta ouk eph’hemin

Ta eph’hemin, ta ouk eph’hemin is a Stoic saying dating back two millennia which translates “What is up to us, what is not up to…

The 30/10 Promise

Give me 30 minutes a weekend and 10 minutes a day and I will promise you a transformed life. Heady claim, right? Well, I mean…

Staying in Control Even When You are Out of Control

Most of us tend to lose it every now and then; it’s part of being human. The key is to not lose it all when…

How Comfortable Are You with Being Uncomfortable?

Discussing certain topics, addressing troubling issues, doing a dreaded task: we all have them and all often require that we enter a zone of discomfort;…

A Quick and Easy (and All too Common) Way to Sabotage Success

How do folks sabotage themselves? They habitually engage in “Delay Discounting”. Huh? Delay discounting? What’s that? Delay discounting is what behavioral economists call the human…

You WILL Pay the Price…

Yes, we all get lucky now and then and something wonderful falls into our laps and that’s terrific. However, as a general rule, “wishing and…

How Often do you Engage in “Prosocial Deception”?

A “Prosocial Deception” is a falsehood spoken without the intent to harm i.e. a white lie: “minor or unimportant lie, especially one uttered in the interests…

How to Access Your Best Self?

We don’t always do as well as we know. The challenges of the day are often many; life gives us pop quizzes at the most…

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…

Why I Can’t Be at Peace Now

The mind, the ego, the subconscious often have multiple reasons why peace must be just around the corner (or difficult/impossible because of some past event)…

What Schadenfreude May Say

Schadenfreude is a German word usually defined as experiencing or taking pleasure in the misfortune of others and is derived from Schaden (“damage, misfortune”) and Freude (“joy”). Studies show that…

Don’t Let Your Pain Control You

Time heals all wounds… if we do not go back and re-wound ourselves by making the pains of the past the story of our lives,…

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…