7 steps to find your purpose

August 04 2015

“How do I find my purpose?” I hear this one a lot.

It’s a big question, and in Western society, a lot of weight is placed on the answer. When I came across mine, I wasn’t looking. In fact, I had given up the pro/con lists and analysis charts, and I donated “What Color Is Your Parachute?” to the local bookstore. I very well understood what I did and…

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“It’s showtime.”

July 27 2015

Audible groans fill the train. A man with a bike is asked to move, and after refusing, a much taller man carries the bike to the back of the car. Reluctantly, the biker follows. Three performers fill the empty space and press play on a steady beat. Six pack abs curl around poles as the train lurches slowly towards Brooklyn. Flipping, stomping, twirling, hopping. A second dancer begins his routine, less steady than the…

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5 ways to be a great manager

July 21 2015

Managing people is hard. I think this is why there are so many bad bosses. Now that I’m leading a team of my own, I’ve realized how much skill goes into becoming a great manager.

While leadership traits may come naturally to some, managers can make the effort to create cohesive, hardworking teams and establish workplaces filled with satisfied employees.

Leaders are made, they are not born. They are made by hard…

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Excuses (If…then)

July 14 2015

When I have enough money, then I’ll volunteer my time.

When the kids are out of the house, then I’ll travel.

When I become famous, then I’ll write a book.

When I’m less busy, then I’ll start going to the gym.

Focus too much on when, and then may never happen. Focus on then, and when becomes less important. Our dreams are far too valuable to take a backseat to circumstance.

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Odds

July 08 2015

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15 links to supercharge your bookmark bar

June 30 2015

Mix it up. Read good writing. Read bad writing. Learn something new. Remember something old. Get inspired. A few of my bookmarked favorites (in no particular order):

  1. Alltop
  2. Fast Company
  3. :zenhabits
  4. Brain Pickings
  5. Derek Sivers
  6. Farnam Street
  7. Zig Ziglar
  8. Steven Pressfield
  9. David Lee
  10. McSweeney’s Internet Tendency
  11. Reid Hoffman
  12. Lifehacker
  13. ReadWrite

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Trying less, not more

June 26 2015

“Try is best” somehow evolved into “try harder.” If we don’t get the results we’ve set out for, it is a direct reflection of the work we’ve put forth. No success? You must’ve done something wrong. You didn’t reach the bar, you don’t measure up, you didn’t work HARD enough.

The irony is life seems to expand when you relax the muscles you’ve been stressing for so long. No only…

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It is better to earn a high salary or be happy?

June 18 2015

This is one of the questions I ask students as part of a broader English speaking exercise. “Do you think it is better to earn a high salary or be happy in your job?”

A pause always follows and eyes dart around the room before landing on empty notebooks. I give students a few moments to process before we begin.

Many friends and colleagues in America are on the quest…

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Ten times better

June 09 2015

A “little better” doesn’t cut it. You have to be much better. Much, much better. Ten times better.

This is how you separate yourself from the competition.
This is how you improve.
This is how you win.

Everything is crowded. The marketplace, the speaker lineup, the dating scene, the applicant pool.

In an age where your value corresponds to your ability to separate yourself from the rest, your focus must narrow…

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7 steps to creative inspiration (or, don’t live a boring life)

May 28 2015

1. Step outside of the familiar.
2. Feel uncomfortable (this is important).
3. Force self into new situation if need be.
4. Release any and all judgements, pretences.
5. Observe: watch movements and responses and reactions; notice your thoughts and behavior patterns; see outcomes as if you’re watching clouds pass in the sky.
6. Return to “old” but now seeing “new.”
7. Repeat often to bring fresh energy into your work, life, relationships.

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