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Reference Levels: Invisible Rules that Govern Your Behavior

Aware of it or not, we all have “Reference Levels” for all areas of our lives. Our Reference Levels powerfully impact our behavior, our actions…

The System Secret

I’ve long believed that a certain system —which almost any intelligent person can learn— works way better than the systems most people use [to understand…

Thinking is a Skill…Many are Unskilled and Don’t Know It

Simply because they have thoughts (i.e. words form) in their heads, most folks believe they know how to think. But if you define thinking as…

Powerfully Productive? Possible; Not Probable

Every hour of a meeting with eight people present represents an eight hour workday, the investment of a full “Man-Day”. Was value created or dissipated?…

CTS: The Little Difference That Makes a BIG Difference

“There is very little difference between people but that little difference makes a big difference.” – W. Clement Stone One little difference that makes a…

Think Smart, Think Systems: Solve the Problem, Then Fix the System

If you wish to truly make a difference in the world, if you wish to advance, it is not enough to solve the problem right…

The Risk You Can’t Afford Not To Take

“There is the risk you cannot afford to take and then there is the risk you cannot afford not to take.” – Peter Drucker, 1909-2005…

The Difference that Makes The Difference

A very smart investor (Howard Marks of Oaktree) once wrote a book titled “The Most Important Thing” which contained 17 chapters, each chapter titled… “The…

What is Your Belief System About Yourself?

What do you believe about yourself? Of what do you think you are capable? Who do you see yourself as? How do you see yourself…

There is This Place

And then it happens…  A morning dawns and you realize that all is good. All is as it should be.  Your mind is calm. Your…

Big Windshield, Small Rearview Mirror

There is a reason your car has a BIG windshield and a small rearview mirror: You are going forward, not backward! Where you are headed…

Buttons

“Most of us respond like machines when life or people push our buttons.   Freedom, wisdom, growth, maturity: they all lie in that space between…

“…does no wrong hereafter.”

In the context of forgiveness and redemption, Abe Lincoln once said, “I think it is enough if the man does no wrong hereafter.” In this internet…

Homophily

Homophily is “love of the same” and refers to the tendency of people to connect with others who are similar to them in status, values,…

Relationshopping

“Relationshopping” refers to the online shopping cart approach to dating, seeking love with the same mindset you shop for a car or new laptop: assessing…

The Downside of the Pursuit of Perfect Safety

Safety is a wonderful thing. I want to be safe, I want my family and loved ones to be safe. Heck, I’d love for the…

Getting Everything You Can Out of All You’ve Got

Too often we focus on our lacks, our weaknesses, on barriers that are in our way and thus flirt with creating a victim identity. If…

You Don’t Want to Hear This

You can do more, accomplish more. No matter how busy you are, there is always a way. A way to become better at doing what…

It’s a Daily Challenge for Me

“Daily challenge for me….much needed : ) Thanks!” was the response of a reader to the “I Can’t Have That” v. “I Don’t Want That”…

The Demon Within

Simona Halep, #1 ranked in women’s tennis, flamed out in the 1st round of the 2018 US Open in Flushing Meadows, losing in straight sets.…

What is Your VUCA Tolerance Score?

VUCA stands for “Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, and Ambiguity”. The term was introduced by the U.S. Army War College in the early 1990’s to refer to…

“I Can’t Have That” v. “I Don’t Want That”

How we choose to see the world powerfully impacts our responses. The way we interpret events, the worldviews we select as our own, all come…

Entrepreneur’s Blog: Part 7

Hello Mr. Collier, I hope life is going excellent for you! When you get some time, could you please answer the below questions? Thank you!…

4 Ways You Hold Yourself Back

1. Self-doubt. We tend to judge ourselves by our rough-hewn insides and others by their polished exteriors. You are greater than you know; you have…

5 Books to Change Your Life

What 5 books would you say have changed your life the most? 1. “How to Win Friends and Influence People” – Dale Carnegie (in early…

Entrepreneur’s Blog: Part 6

Good evening Mr. Collier, I hope life is treating you well. When you get a moment could you please answer the below question? Thank you…