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Extraordinary Comes From How You Do the Day-to-Day Ordinary

Extraordinary Comes From How You Do the Day-to-Day Ordinary

Most of us have heard the quote attributed to Aristotle: “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”…

May 21, 2024

What ill Discipline Adds to Our Plate

Folks, life is challenging enough without you defecting to the opposition. Yet all too many of us decline to follow the 3 Simplest Rules of…

May 14, 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

Who Told You it Would Be Easy?

And if someone ever did, why would you believe them? If it were easy, everyone would do it, so what’s the point? Where is the…

April 16, 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

Life is a Roll Call

Roll Call: The reading aloud of a list of names, and subsequent responses, to determine who is present or absent. Every day, the sun rises,…

March 26, 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

Fan the Spark, Guard the Flame

Within each of us lies both goodness and talent of some form, the ability to improve the world and to sculpt ourselves into our best…

March 14, 2024

Ask What You Can Do

During his inaugural speech on January 20, 1961, John F. Kennedy famously said: “Ask not what your country can do for you- ask what you…

February 20, 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

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

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

I Want to Be a Good Person, I Want to Be a Good Citizen… But How Best to Help?

Many kind souls have helped me along my way and I want to give back, in part out of a sense of duty, an obligation…

December 21, 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

Listless

One fine day recently I was feeling a bit off. In my search for the why and deeper self-awareness, I started to write out how…

October 26, 2023

Building Power in the Plateau

In every life, at some point of time, for some period of time, one’s motivation may fade, focus may blur, your drive gets stuck in…

October 24, 2023

Two Traits I Yearn to Find

First, high internal standards, motivation that springs bountifully unbidden from within, drive for excellence that wells up without having to summoned. Second, the willingness to…

October 19, 2023

Success Scares Me

Why do I find success scary? Because right behind success comes overconfidence. Call it what you will: resting on your laurels, calling it in instead…

October 17, 2023

Greatness is a Grind

By ‘grind’ I mean achieving (and maintaining) greatness is long, hard slog, a relentless repetition of the basics, day in and day out, a never-ending…

October 12, 2023

An Act of Far Greater Power

“Sometimes letting things go is an act of far greater power than hanging on or defending.” – Eckhart Tolle (A New Earth: Awakening to Your…

September 26, 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

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