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Self-Made v. Self-Sculpted

I am NOT a self-made man. Anyone with an ounce of humility and self-awareness knows, appreciates, and is deeply grateful for the help they have…

The Incredible Power of Humility

Our pride, Our stubbornness, Our dislike of asking for or even accepting offered help, Our unwillingness to change, to admit we may have been wrong,…

Seven Habits of Happy People

They monitor their self-talk; keep it positive, solution oriented. They choose companions in life that challenge them to be their best. They Release. They focus…

The Fluency Illusion

The Fluency Illusion is when we think we know something better than we really do, believing we have mastered a subject when really we have…

Have You Ever Fallen Prey to Motivated Reasoning?

Motivated Reasoning refers to the all too human ability to find “logical” reasons to do what we already want to do v. to find the…

Three Kinds of Intelligence and Why You Need All Three

IQ IQ is the most basic kind of intelligence and generally refers to math/verbal skills. While pretty much set at birth and first few years…

Acquire the Skillset to Make a Real Difference: Embrace Systems Thinking

A system is any group of things or people that interact or are interrelated or interdependent and thus form a much more complex whole. Systems…

Do You Know HOW to Think? 3 Smart Ways, One Dumb Way

Intentional Thinking is making a conscious decision to think about a subject, a situation, a topic usually with the goal of finding a solution or gaining needed…

Never Waste the Pain

Suffering will come into your life; grow from it, don’t waste it. Failure will happen; use it, learn from it, don’t waste it. Disappointments will…

Three Little Habits That Lead to BIG Success

Ask Questions Being curious keeps you in learning mode and is an excellent way to get noticed and to get people to open up to…

Alive Time Vs. Dead Time: Where Do You Spend (Invest?) Your Down Time?

We all have free time, down time, in between times. Sometimes they are just brief moments, sometimes they stretch on and on. What we do…

Keys to Unlocking the Amazing Magic of Affirmations

Affirmations work best via endless (and I do mean endless) repetition. Over and Over and Over again until they are DEEPLY implanted in your unconsciousness.…

The Subtle Weakness of Smart Groups

Interestingly, in the absence of a well-organized structure, effective processes, policies, and procedures and competent leadership, the IQ of any group, the more so with…

Success is Never On Sale

You always have to pay full price for success. Success is never half-price, never on discount. You won’t find success in the bargain bin or at…

Kissing the Wave

The phrase “Kissing the Wave” comes from a quote by the nineteenth-century British preacher Charles Spurgeon: “I have learned to kiss the wave that throws me against the Rock of Ages.”…

Seeing the Water

“Fish see water last” is a proverb which means we fail to notice, to be aware of, that which we are most familiar with, most…

What is your Success Set Point?

There is a theory that humans have a weight set point (or range of 5 to 10 lbs or even greater) at which our bodies…

The Joyous Freedom of a Scout Mindset

A Scout mindset is an open one, an attitude of courageous curiosity and endless exploration. A scout mindset can best be understood as the antithesis…

Limiting Beliefs, Liberating Truths

A “Liberating Truth” is any realization that the world is not as we thought it was; in essence an unshackling of mental chains. Liberating truths…

Three Things Expert Negotiators Do That You Don’t

Realize or not, we are all in the influence and persuasion business; we all negotiate to one degree or another. Thus, to create better relationships…

Details Create Success

“I believe in the basics: Attention to and perfection of, tiny details that might be commonly over-looked. They may seem trivial, even laughable, but they…

Understanding Understanding – The Expert Blind Spot

The “Expert Blind Spot” refers to the tendency to forget how much you know, how challenging a subject matter can be to a novice, to…

Many a False Step Is Made by Standing Still

Even when you are on the right track you’ll get run over if you just sit there. Doing nothing (aka Decision by Indecision) is still…

Base Metal into Gold; Weakness into Strength: Mental Alchemy

As far back as 300 AD, the ancients wrote of a “philosopher’s stone” that could transmute base metal into gold. Well, I can’t tell you how to spin gold…

You Can’t Hide You

Just like you cannot not communicate, you can’t hide you either. Your daily behavior teaches your values; every action reveals the belief system that motivates…

Know-it-All vs. Learn-it-All: Which Are You?

Few would out and out admit to being a know-it-all; the trap most fall for is far more subtle. We are justifiable proud of our…

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