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Are You Climbing the Right Mountain?

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Are you someone who has a lot of drive and passion for getting to the top of the mountain you are climbing? We rarely speak about the enormous population of people who get to the top of the mountain only to realize they gave everything they had only to summit the wrong peak.

One of the biggest mistakes people make is living in a state of constant "doing." If you are constantly doing, then your focus is all about climbing, making good time, getting to the next plateau, and, above all else, plant…

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Thinking about Boxes

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I was recently thinking about boxes. I wasn't just staring off into space daydreaming about cardboard boxes. That would be a little crazy!

I was thinking about the conceptual boxes we put ourselves and others in. 

It's part of our human design to label and categorize each other because doing so helps us navigate and make sense of the world. He's a hunter. She's a healer. They are bakers; you get it. On a survival level, this makes a lot of sense, but beyond that, it can actually limit our live…

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Buildings and Legacy

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I am a passionate world explorer, but there is one thing at the forefront of my itinerary when I travel to another country... architecture.

For some people, it's food; for others, it's museums, or maybe it's beaches. For me, it is definitely architecture.

In every culture around the world, there are buildings that are cornerstones of that society. They are part of the landscape of people's lives, and if they were suddenly gone, people would feel as if a part of them was missing.

From the Pyra…

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Kona Get Better

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Today I want to share something right from the heart. You see, we recently adopted our second puppy, Kona. Her name is inspired by our travels in Hawaii, which like her, is rich with color and full of life. I noticed the other night that she was very quiet and not her regular exuberant self, so I spent the night on the couch with her laying against my chest, but in the morning, she was moving slower, limping, and even throwing up. Oh boy!

There's a certain feeling that comes with caring for a g…

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Disrupt Yourself: Master Relentless Change and Speed Up Your Learning Curve

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When you disrupt yourself, you are walking into the unknown, exposing yourself to the risk of failure. Disrupt Yourself was published in 2015, but it is a book that is just as meaningful for our current times. Whitney Johnson applies Clayton Christensen’s concept of “disruptive innovation” to careers and personal development. She makes the compelling case that managing the S-curve of learning can help you make sense of and redefine your career path. The “S-curve” has slow growth at first, then e…

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Art Thinking: How to Carve Out Creative Space in a World of Schedules, Budgets, and Bosses – Amy Whitaker

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Art Thinking: How to Carve Out Creative Space in a World of Schedules, Budgets, and Bosses – Amy Whitaker

"If you are making a work of art in any field, you aren't going from point A to point B. You are inventing point B."

Amy Whitaker draws on art, psychology, science, business, and technology to help you generate new ideas in the practical world. She proposes using a mindset she calls "art thinking" to harness the joy and creative thought of making art with the structure and organiza…

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Step Into The Lab: Experiment Your Way to A New Life

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I can still remember my experience of being a pre-med student playing with expensive equipment, running experiments to test hypotheses, and seeing what I could discover. What I discovered was that I was more drawn to business, so I switched my major.

When I think about experiments now, I think about them from a completely different perspective. Our lives are our own personal research laboratory, and we need to continue to do more research until we figure out what is working and what isn't…

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Wayfinding

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Are you a Wayfinder? It took me most of my life to realize that I was a Wayfinder. 

A choice point came in my career where I trusted something inside myself over what everyone else said was the right direction, and it led me to discover a whole new quality of life and career.  

One example of a classic Wayfinder would be an ancient sailor who traversed the oceans, not by using maps but by noticing the subtleties of the world around them. 

They would pay careful attention to the wind, the temp…

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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…

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Bruce Lee Paradox

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As you could imagine, I'm often mistaken for Bruce Lee. Now, I know what you're thinking, Bruce Lee was not a bald man. But when it comes to leadership in the corporate arena, I have a particular methodology I call the Bruce Lee Paradox.

You see, most people think that the way to accomplish something great is with extreme force. But in reality, intention is far more powerful than force. 

Bruce talked about the one-inch punch. The power of it didn't come from the force, however. The power of it…

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