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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…

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…

Upgrade Yourself: 3 High Leverage Ways

Taming the Monkey Mind One of the highest leverage points to upgrading yourself is to monitor your mind chatter, your internal self-talk, the constant ongoing…

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…

Safetyism

The term Safetyism comes from “The Coddling of the American Mind” and speaks to a culture unwilling to make ANY risk tradeoffs whatsoever i.e., not…

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…

Vivre Sans Temps Mort

“Vivre Sans Temps Mort” is French for “to live without wasted time.” The way we choose to spend our time defines who we are, how our…

Our Lives, Our Fortunes, And Our Sacred Honor

This July 4th, as we celebrate the 245th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, we would do well to pause and reflect on the extraordinary…

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…

The Talent Myth Mind Trap

All too many believe that talent is the key to success. WRONG! While certainly helpful, talent as an innate gift is not the primary driver…

Believe in Your Inner Hero

There is a hero inside of all of us. Yes, inside you and yes, inside me. There is a hero dormant within all of us, just waiting…

Critical Thinking Skills Career Hints

Targeted Activities v. Desired Results Targeted Activities are the WHAT and HOW of what you do to get to your Desired Result. Your Desired Result…

Tikkun Olam

Tikkun olam is a Hebrew phrase that is often translated as “repair the world”. In traditional Jewish teachings it is usually thought of as properly…

Beware Blur Words

Blur words or phrases are wording that is open to multiple meanings. Often blur words reflect the user’s interpretation of behavior that might have other…

Motivation is a Myth

Characterizing “motivation as a myth” is only a partial truth but it illustrates an important point. Too often folks describe their failure to do what…

Destitutus Ventis, Remos Adhibe

“Destitutus ventis, remos adhibe” is a Latin proverb that translates as “If the wind will not serve, take to the oars.” The most successful people…

5 Learnable Traits of Mentally Strong People

The discipline to master emotions ere they become your master. Harness and direct your emotions and they will be an incredible source of energy. Unchained,…

The Discipline of Essentialism

Essentialism is the discipline, the skill, the ability to sort out the vital few from the trivial many, casting aside all but the essential, saving, hoarding…

Bad gets worse when you try to ignore it

While it may be appropriate to be deliberate in your approach, to observe or monitor a problem for a while, one should rarely, if ever,…

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…

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…

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…

Hard Work Alone is Never Enough

Much has been made of the theory that it takes 10,000 hours of practice to master a skill. The idea was popularized by Malcolm Gladwell…

Learned Helplessness, Learned Effectiveness

Learned Helplessness is a mental belief that you are unable change a situation and a resulting unwillingness to continue trying; a sense of powerlessness that…

Dreams are Easy

Anyone can have a dream and anyone can daydream their life away. But are you willing to commit to a viable action plan to make…

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