You’re feeling dissatisfied, unsettled. You want better than what life is presenting to you. You want to provide for yourself and your family. Maybe you’d describe yourself as unhappy.
No matter where I’ve gone in the world (or who I’ve worked with: students, prisoners, corporate executives, entrepreneurs, monks), I’ve seen two typical responses to this situation.
Option A — Action Paralysis
What does this mean? Ideas aren’t in short supply,…
If you think your life’s purpose needs to hit you like a lightning bolt, you’ll overlook the little day-to-day things that fascinate you.
While fundraising for the Discover Outdoors Foundation, I learned Nepal is one of the poorest countries in the world. One quarter of its people live on less than $1 a day and barely half of them are literate. After some research and plenty of emails, I found a local agency that places volunteers in projects across the country. My bags are filled with crayons, games and animal balloons,…More...
A pivot can be one of the most powerful moves on the basketball court. Performed correctly, one step can leave an opponent grasping at air, move a player out of a sticky situation, and provide a better perspective of the game.
When I signed up to raise $9,000 for the Discover Outdoors Foundation, I figured it was going to be work, but I didn’t realize how much. Fundraising is hard. Really, really hard. And it takes more time and effort than you think. A few things I learned:
1. This will be a focused commitment.
You’re fooling yourself if you think people will simply hand over money. They…More...
- Decide to get it done. Commit. Go.
- Goals will keep you on track.
- Fears take on tricky disguises. Call them out or enlist the help of someone who can.
- Helping others is one of the best things you can do with your time.
- You will learn more traveling than sitting in a classroom.
- Relationships are containers for growth.
- Be kind.
- Laugh more.
- It’s OK to make mistakes.
- It’s OK to admit you’re wrong.
- It’s OK to say no.
- Sometimes you…
Your value is much more than a dollar amount. It’s your time, your emotional investment, your energy, your connections. It’s your life.
Your worth is not just about confidence. It’s your dreams, where you’re going, what you want. It’s knowing what you need to get there and asking for it, unapologetically and with conviction.
By recognizing your worth, you’re helping colleagues and partners understand your art and the value of the…More...
I’ve witnessed firsthand the business our education system has become.
I strongly advise anyone considering graduate school to carefully consider whether this investment is necessary in order to obtain the position and professional satisfaction they are looking for.
Many of the skills needed to thrive in our economy are not obtained in classrooms. You may want to consider these learning experiences before you sign your letter of intent:
- Volunteer. Help your local…
Several years ago, I made the transition from social worker to social curator. My time spent working in courtrooms and jail cells paved the way for boardroom negotiations and architecting group dynamics. When I tell people my story, questions ultimately focus on how I made this transition. Part curiosity, part plea for guidance, people want to know how it’s done, the best way to make the change,…More...
- Reevaluate your current goals and aspirations
- Consider what you wish you would have learned sooner (and teach yourself)
- Update your story so it accurately reflects who you are
- Take time to build and nourish your relationships
- Write thank you notes to those who have played important roles in your life
- Think about what risks you’ll take in the coming months
- Meet someone new
- Let serendipity work for you
- Read a book (or two) you keep meaning to
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