Make Monday matter

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If you choose to focus on the misery Monday may bring you, you’ll find it. The same is true for focusing on ways to generously make Monday matter.

The first word

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What if today was an opportunity to write the first word of the first sentence of the first paragraph on the first page of the first chapter in a new book? What would you do?

Maybe it’s not all that important after all

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Last December there were a lot of people who stood in long lines to be the first to see the newest Star Wars movie. A month later my wife and I were able to see the same film with no lines. A few months from now others will see it for the first time in the comfort of their own … Read More

How to never be afraid again

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The problem is not that the fear is an unavoidable part of being alive and doing your very best work, it’s that the fear has convinced you that you are the only one wrestling with it.

Stephen Shedletzky is here to serve

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After achieving early professional success, Stephen Shedletzky found himself unsatisfied and unwilling to do work he didn’t believe in. The tension that existed between his work and his values eventually led him to Simon Sinek, with whom he now works closely. In addition to affording Stephen an opportunity to do work he cares deeply about, Simon also acted as an … Read More

It’s time to finally lose the weight

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If you are serious about losing some weight in the new year, try these two sure-fire techniques: 1. Forgive others 2. Forgive yourself Carrying the weight of all the wrongs done to you is a self-perpetuating, self-defeating pursuit. So is carrying the weight of all your mistakes. You can choose to carry the weight and you can choose to not … Read More

Dan Cumberland on work and meaning

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Dan Cumberland never quite felt like he fit while growing up. Dan’s strengths and passions differed from that of his family and he spent many years trying to discover how his gifts could be married to work that would provide both income and meaning. This conversation will challenge you to rethink your ideas about whether we should be looking for … Read More

Heath Padgett lives in a van down by the river

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Heath Padgett does not, in fact, live in a van down by the river, but he does live in an RV. Fearing he would get stuck in a state of comfort and a year-long trip across the country – a bucket list item he and his wife shared – might never happen if they waited, Heath quit his job and … Read More

The best compliment you will ever receive

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People may salute your skills, praise your progress, evangelize your effectiveness, or laud your leadership, but nothing compares to someone touting your trustworthiness. Without a doubt, “I trust you,” is the best compliment you will ever receive.

The most difficult person you will ever have to manage

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There is a box in a cabinet in my office that is full of medication. Every time I get a card or an e-mail from someone that has been positively impacted by my work I drop it in the box so that I have concrete proof that I’m making a difference in the lives of the people around me on … Read More

Your legacy will not be about what you did for yourself

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Your legacy will not be about what you did for yourself. It just won’t. How might that knowledge influence the choices you make and the actions you take this week? (I was influenced to make a giant sign for my office to remind me of this every single day.)

Are you afraid of dying?

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My friend is afraid of dying. The fear of dying is probably not altogether rare, but the conversation I shared with my friend this week got me thinking. Fearing death seems like a bad thing because it often causes us to freeze, to play it safe, and to focus on scarcity. But there is also a lot of value in … Read More