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How is your life like your favorite painting? How is it different?

I have been thinking a lot about the creative process lately and how in the day-to-day rush to get things accomplished, we separate our creativity from the way we live our lives. Maybe that works if we are going for robot-like productivity. But it's terrible for our deepest, truest selves.

That's because we are all wired for creativity. And when we leave that out, we are leaving out a big part of who we are. We are leaving out …

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Hidden Patterns

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I have got something radical to say. We often don't make choices. We just follow the patterns that have had us survive and get by, and for a lot of people, that's what brought them to their current level of success. 

However, what most people don't realize is that is often where the pattern ends. It did its job, and it got them to a level of survival where they could be comfortable.  

This means, to get to the next level, a whole new pattern is required. 

In case you didn't notice, there is a…

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Celebrate Your Wins

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One of the best things about my work is that as my clients evolve, so do I. And that can sometimes be humbling. 

One of the things I talk about is celebrating our wins. It’s so important to do this AND... it’s something I’m still working on for myself. 

I will accomplish something that others would see as impressive and then notice the voice in my head that says, “Yeah, well… it is what it is. No big deal…Let’s move on to the next thing.” 

And that’s a trap because when we accomplish somethin…

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Fall Season Paradox

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The Fall Season is kind of a paradox for most of us. We begin gearing up for the holidays; there are social obligations and celebrations to attend, school is in full swing for those of us with kids, we start thinking about holiday gifts and get-togethers, we try to figure out how to balance work and life.

Around us, at least in my part of the country, Nature is slowing down. The leaves start to fall off the trees, and many plants go dormant to rest for the colder months, the weather cools down,…

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Connect with your Story and Use it to Propel Yourself Forward

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"The stories we tell literally make the world. If you want to change the world, you need to change your story." – Michael Margolis

As I started to interview people for my podcast, The Virtual Campfire, I realized how powerful our personal stories can be. Our past is not something to run away from; it is something to embrace, reconcile with, and use as a powerful lever to move us into the future. When you commit to understanding and owning your true story, you uncover things you never clearly un…

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Falling in Love with Learning: Begin with Inspiration

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"Learning begins with inspiration. It's the engine behind a student's motivation and the glue that makes ideas stick." – David Perell

Over the past few years, I have been delving deeper into the world of neuroscience and exploring how we learn. I have been fascinated with what I have uncovered and it has left me with more questions, which is good because it keeps the journey going. When I came across a recent essay by David Perell, titled How Learning Happens, I was taken back because he hit it…

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Life in Technicolor

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Have you ever had one of those moments where you looked around your life and realized the technicolor sense of aliveness you once knew now seems drab, gray, and monotone?

It is not time to panic. No one spends their entire lives in a state of perma-bliss. But it also doesn’t mean that we have to just wait and hope that some unicorn driving a magic bus will one day show up and offer us a ride.

The reality is that sometimes we get stuck behind windows, in offices, at desks, and on screens. Most …

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Are You Waiting For A Sign?

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Are you waiting for a sign? Are you looking for the light to turn green to let you know that now is finally the time to move forward on that book, that project, or that dream you have had? 

I have got some great news and some not-so-great news. Which one would you like first? 

Ok. “Not so great news” it is.  

Most people look back on their lives and realize they missed their window of opportunity because of a story that they didn’t have the money, the confidence, the skills, or the right envi…

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Give Me A Lever Long Enough...

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Warning: The following question can be frustrating for those who believe business has to be hard work.  

But… ‘What if it was easy?” Because the truth is that it doesn’t actually have to be hard. 

The Greek philosopher, Archimedes, said, “Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world.” 

You know, quotes like that don’t stick around for thousands of years if they don’t really nail it. 

Here’s an example from my own life.  

When I was younger, my d…

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The Matrix Paradox

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In the movie, The Matrix there’s a famous scene where Keanu Reeves says to Lawrence Fishburn, “Are you telling me I can dodge bullets?” and he replies, “I’m saying that when you’re ready... you won’t have to.” 

So, spoiler alert if you’re one of the very few people on the planet who have not seen this movie. There’s a scene near the end where Keanu slows a barrage of bullets until they stop in mid-air. 

We love stories like the Matrix because we secretly long for this kind of freedom and power…

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