Tag: fear

Simulate to Stimulate

Pilots are required to invest hundreds of hours in simulated flight scenarios before taking command of a live aircraft. Race car simulators help drivers prepare for the unexpected, so that they’ll be fully ready for unforeseen circumstances. Astronauts first experience weightlessness in a simulation chamber so they can become accustomed to a gravity-free environment. Simulations are used by top performing […]

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The 7 Sins of Mediocrity

Since ancient times, we’ve been fascinated with the seven deadly sins that lead people astray. Gluttony, greed, and lust (among others) have certainly been the downfall of many. But lurking in the shadows lie traps just as sinister. While less overtly treacherous, these sins befall most of us at various times in our lives. They […]

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Flip The Fear

Abraham Lincoln worried constantly.  Steve Jobs was paranoid, sometime even delusional.  Jackson Pollack suffered intense anxiety. We often think the most accomplished people are fearless; possessing the courage of a Greek God.  Therefore, since you and I are afraid from time to time, we must be inferior beings, destined to a shallow and mediocre existence. […]

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When Your Fear Holds Back Your Creative Thinking

“I have an idea” vs. “I have a concern.” In meetings, what do you suppose the ratio is at your company between these two phrases? What do you think the ratio was five years ago? What is the ratio at Google? Facebook? Quicken Loans? It really got me thinking about where we are applying our […]

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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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Run Toward Your Fear

One day, a wise Zen master went to visit a remote mountain temple accompanied by a monk.  As the two approached the temple a pair of ferocious dogs began running toward them.  The dogs were barking and angry, sending fear down the spines of both men. The monk, who was still in training, saw the […]

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The Seven Deadly Sins of Creativity

Don’t let these Evil Seven poison your thinking and murder your imagination. Remain vigilant, and when these nefarious forces emerge, don’t wait for the authorities to arrive – take matters into your own hands.

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The Pike Syndrome

The pike is a fierce carnivorous fish that eats other smaller fish. They are cunning, mean, and always find a way to get their prey (sounds like some people I know who work on Wall Street, but I digress). Scientists conducted an experiment where they put a pike in a tank with many other smaller […]

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The Weekly Roundup – April 23, 2010

Overcoming your fears – 7 secrets from the ages All of us must deal with our fears, and often they are what stand between us and greatness – or at least making the attempt. Clink on this link to see what the experts have been saying for 2,000 years are the best ways to overcome […]

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