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Exploding Wants

Exploding Wants

Have you ever found yourself trapped on a hedonic treadmill? Frantically exhausting yourself like a gerbil, seemingly never ever able to get ahead or keep…

May 9, 2024

Is it Still Your Biggest Rock?

‘Biggest Rock First’ refers to putting your most important priorities on your schedule first and then fitting other, lesser priorities in around them, a time/energy/life…

April 30, 2024

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”

The quote is by the poet Mary Oliver (1935-2019, Pulitzer Prize winner) and the elegant beauty of it always spoke volumes to me. I live…

April 23, 2024

Practice is a Skill

Or more fully stated: ‘effective practice is a learnable skillset’. It may sound like heresy, but not all practice is good practice or at least…

April 9, 2024

Will is a Skill

For many of us and for much of our lives we have absorbed the concept that willpower, along with its close cousin, self-discipline, is an…

April 4, 2024

Baker’s Dozen

Recently, I was asked: “What is the most valuable piece of advice you would give to anyone new at TCC who is looking to grow…

April 2, 2024

Only the Best Obsess

Obsession has gotten a bad name in some circles but directed and managed, it is the gift of the gods. I think of obsession (and…

March 21, 2024

Elevate Your Identity

Your identity, your self-concept, is who you think you are, the story you tell yourself about yourself as well as the standards you hold yourself…

February 29, 2024

Build the Chain

We are so much the product of our habits. So how to form habits that take us where we want to go? And break the…

February 13, 2024

You Are The Project

You are the most important project you will work on your entire life. Think of yourself as a work in progress; approach your life as…

February 8, 2024

Plan Your Future in Advance

Hey, the future is going to come and if you want a better future, you’d best start doing something about it today. The most basic…

February 6, 2024

The Intolerable Cost of Myopic Perfectionism

Myopic Perfectionism: An excessive focus on a single topic to the exclusion of other important topics; an obsessive interest or preoccupation with a particular subject…

January 16, 2024

Hoping to Match Up Against a Lazy Rabbit is Not a Plan

We all know the parable of the ‘Tortoise and the Hare’ where the turtle beats the rabbit because the rabbit takes a nap. While a…

January 11, 2024

It’s Never a Good Idea to Count on Prosperity Lasting Forever… Good Times Are in Part Opportunities to Save up for Bad Times

Okay, here is a crazy idea for the New Year… live beneath your income. That year-end raise you hopefully got? Stick it in your 401K…

January 2, 2024

Creating Change That Lasts Throughout the New Year

The life expectancy of most New Year’s Resolutions can be measured at best in days, some even mere hours. So how to create lasting change?…

December 28, 2023

This Quote is Only Half True

“Progress doesn’t come from early risers — progress is made by lazy men looking for easier ways to do things.” – Robert Heinlein Robert Heinlein…

December 19, 2023

Little is Large

Folks, there is no mystical key, no hidden secret, no big, concealed trick to success, happiness, or prosperity. Thomas Alva Edison’s famous saying applies in…

December 7, 2023

Boring, Boring, Boring

What gets a triple boring headline? The Path to Success. Yep, you heard me right: the pathway to the mountaintop is full of ordinary routine,…

September 12, 2023

Pressure is a Privilege

What does “pressure is a privilege” mean? Yes, it is a post-game quote from Novak Djokovic and the title of Billy Jean King’s memoir but…

July 27, 2023

Top 25% is the Top 1%

Everyone on Wall Street wants to be the “Alpha Dog”, the best of the best, top of the heap, the Top 1%. Well, I want…

July 25, 2023

The Easiest and yet the Hardest Thing

Rome was not built in a day and many an “overnight” success was decades in the making. We all have the same 24 hours; it…

July 20, 2023

Can You “See the Work”?

To “see the work” means can you see what needs to be done without being told. It further means do you have the ability to…

July 6, 2023

Did I Do My Best?

I was doing my early morning reading one day and this inquiry popped out at me. The question “Did I Do My Best?” resonated deeply…

June 6, 2023

Have You Talked to Your Future Self Lately?

We tend to put a lot of emphasis on our present self and label ourselves as this or that and in doing so we restrict…

May 23, 2023

Not to Do List

Distractions abound in life: detours and delays that fritter away our time and energy, beguiling diversions that dissipate our focus. A “Not to Do” list…

May 18, 2023

Forget “To-Do Lists”, Instead Create a “Success List”

The fatal flaw of “to-do” lists is that they tend to attract the mundane. When was the last time you had something earth-shattering on your…

May 16, 2023

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