Month: March 2013

6 Dream-Killing Excuses to Avoid

Children overflow with plans for bold adventure, inspiring careers, and triumphant victories.  I’ve never met a seven-year-old who aspires to middle management or wishes they grew up to become a paper-pushing bureaucrat. As we mature, we dilute the potency of our dreams, learning to settle instead of lead.  We adults too often let fear impede […]

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Giver or Taker? Hero or Villain?

Gandhi was a giver.  So were Mother Theresa, Dr. King, and Thomas Edison.  They profoundly contributed to the world, leaving the place better than they found it.  Because they gave so much, they are revered and hold a special place in history. Bernie Madoff is a different story.  Same is true for the Enron guys, […]

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Get Lucky

Sure, we’d all love to win the lotto, possess prodigy-level talent, or be born into royalty.  The luck of the draw can seem painfully unfair as some are stricken with disease while others grab an oversized helping of fame and fortune, and then come back for seconds. Without question, there are many factors that we […]

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20 Questions

In our professional and personal pursuits, we’re often so focused on finding the answers that we fail to ask the right questions.  A sense of curiosity and wonder will allow you to zero in on your calling and seize your full potential. Remember the childhood game of 20 Questions?  Here are 20 that we should […]

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One Small Step

I recently sat down with a friend who was down on his luck.  His situation, which had been worsening for years, felt hopeless.   Like so many Americans, he was in a state of despair and just couldn’t get unstuck. When I asked him what he was doing to improve things, he rattled off a long […]

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