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Make It A Masterpiece

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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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What is Your Little Island?

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This is Little Island NYC, an artificial island park in the Hudson River west of Manhattan in New York City. It sits on the site of the old Pier 54, which Hurricane Sandy destroyed in 2012. It was designed by Heatherwick Studio and primarily funded by billionaires Barry Diller and Diane von Fürstenberg.

Built on 132 concrete pilings, Little Island is a welcome addition as the city emerges from the pandemic and is starving to connect to nature and the arts, which are both on display here. My fir…

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Draw Inspiration From The World Around You

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This photo is from the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, La Jolla, California, and is an exhibit of Dale Chihuly's glass sculpture installation called The Sun and Black Niijima Floats.

Some of you might know this already, but I am a massive fan of the art of glass-blowing, and I have tried my hand at it a few times. Chihuly is one of my favorite glass artists because he effortlessly unites color, light, form, and space to deliver uniquely immersive experiences. Chihuly has completed ambiti…

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Gardeners Not Mechanics: How to Cultivate Change at Work

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I recently came across a book that intrigued me from the moment I read the title, Gardeners Not Mechanics: How to Cultivate Change at Work by Gary Lloyd. I thoroughly enjoyed the ideas that Gary shared creating lasting change and how to approach it. As Gary points out, gardeners cannot predict or control their environments. Instead, they must balance art and science, proceed through trial and error, then nourish and support their crop. Likewise, leaders seeking to effect change in their organiza…

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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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Inspiring Vision: Amy Genser

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This piece of art comes from multimedia artist Amy Genser who creates stunning depictions of ocean reefs using nothing but canvas, paint and rolled paper. She has an obsession with texture, pattern, and color. The natural world is a clear source for Amy’s work. She is fascinated by the flow of water, the organic irregularity of plants and flowers, rock formations, moss, and seaweed. Her artwork brings to mind aerial landscape views, satellite imagery, and cellular biological processes. Check out…

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When The Student Is Ready

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“When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.” 

If you have had the right person show up at just the right time in your life to guide you to the next level, then you know how profound this is experience can be.

However, until we are truly ready for that, it can be like the movie “Groundhog Day,” where the lessons keep repeating over and over and over until we finally get it. 

On my journey to being an executive in the life sciences industry, I remember how frustrated and constrained I …

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