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How much are you paying to settle?

I read a book a while ago titled Stop Doing Stuff You Hate. While the concept is simple enough to understand, its implementation is actually much more difficult than you might imagine. Because most of us don’t know what we hate. And we don’t know what we love either. Not really. Not once you pull back the layers of expectations, obligations and responsibilities. And those could be deep because they’ve formed over the course of years. We have commitments. Real or otherwise, to ourselves, our loved ones and to society at large. Over the course of our lives, there have been an incomprehensible number of experiences that have happened to us or that we have witnessed. Each one has played...

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Happy Searching

“We are all participating in the ongoing creation of the universe.” - Rob Bell   The idea of God has been hijacked since the beginning of time by clergyman who want you to believe that they alone have the answers, by overbearing parents who want to scare their children into being controlled and by politicians who want you to believe they are somehow more righteous than their opponents. It has been used to coerce the masses into a harmful way of thinking rather than simply offering an alternative framework to the negativity of the world.  In fact, religion more often than not tells you what to do and not how to think at all, so it’s no surprise that a...

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Why do we squeeze the life out of our moments?

A while back I had set out to write a book called The Invictus Principle. Invictus is often referred to as the ability to master one’s own fate as described in the 1973 Ernest Henley poem carrying the same title. My thought process behind the book was to interview as many high performers as possible and tease out a formula that you and I could apply to our own lives. A three to five step process that if followed, would all but guarantee success in whatever your chosen pursuit happen to be. I wanted to know how we might learn to define our own parameters for a successful life and what formula might help us achieve whatever that is. An...

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What if this isn't the worst thing that has ever happened to you?

“For everything you have missed, you have gained something else.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson You have an ability to harbor two extremely different mindsets when dealing with adversity and while both are available to you, the one that you choose to adopt will make all of the difference in the world when it comes to your long term success. Often due to a lack of perspective, we have a propensity to get caught up in the mundane. We focus on things that really don’t matter in the broad sense of our lives and we allow our neurosis to dictate our emotional state. We obsess over things we can’t change and we become angry in the wake of a reality that doesn’t...

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Leverage the things that you love

20 years ago you and I would have conducted business on a very different landscape. The relevant conversations took place in person or over conference call. The way that others perceived you was nothing more than your reputation, work ethic and the way that you conducted yourself day to day. Even just a decade ago and we would have enjoyed the luxury of being able to avoid certain societal norms and business practices that today, mean the difference between success and failure. At the start of the century you could have objected to the notion of a personal profile. An online presence bearing all that you are too the world. Those were only for college kids, far below the class...

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