crazy things we believe

Waves as big as you think they are?

(Disclaimer: this is a combination of a couple of recent conversations with similar threads – actual conversations were around time, money, work ethic, and recreation. Some creative license applied!) “Well, I guess it is true what they say, you can either have time or you can have money”. Me: “Are…

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choose joy

What an odd word to think about relating to work and the day to day of life. Joy. Joy. So often defined as pleasure and happiness, but I think oh, so much more. I went looking for definitions of JOY. Wikipedia – being joyful that some expectation or need has…

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learner’s mind, learner’s heart


Many of us find learning great fun, but learning can also be hard work. And, especially for those with years of expertise in another area, learning something new can be a bit (or more than a bit) intimidating. I’m one of those who fit nicely into the ‘life long learner’…

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carrying it with you

what you leave behind

I recently returned from a training session and was being asked all the typical questions – how’d it go, what did you learn, etc. And then, someone dropped a game-changer question. “Are you carrying it with you now?” boom. “Are you carrying it with you now?” A recognition internally and…

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blind spots

authenticity mirror

As I was driving the other day, I was internally venting my frustration over a person who could not or would not recognize that one of their behaviors was not only  getting in the way of their own success and growth, it also had a very negative impact on others…

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Perception ≠ Reality

Perception = Reality Well, not really. My perceptions feel real. And your perceptions feel just as real to you. The problem is that our perceptions are likely radically different. And it is very likely that neither of our perceptions are strongly rooted in reality. “We don’t see things as they are,” describes…

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mental autopilot

We have what some describe as ‘mental maps’ in our brain. These maps are built from past experiences and we often use them like autopilots to navigate life. We probably all know the feeling of taking the same route home from work, school, or the store. We don’t even think about…

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1 embrace life and change 2 copy

Change / chng.  It really should be a 4-letter word right? True quotes from people I know about times of change: What’s wrong with the way it is? Change is hard. I don’t want to change. What if I don’t like the change? I’m too (fill in the blank) to…

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when your life doesn’t fit in the box

boxes are for catching cats

there’s a dissonance when who you are or what you do doesn’t fit into the box You might encounter this when you fill out an application or a survey and you get to the demographics question and you’re some of this and some of that and checking other seems, well…

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10,000 hours

10,000 hours is the time estimated to become masters at something. Not just good or excellent, but those people who do something with such flow and beauty, that it is hard to see where the person stops and the activity begins. 10,000 hours is a lot of time 3 hours…

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