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Limits don’t set themselves

Someone must draw the line in the sand. But in fear of offending another, or being afraid of letting go of a past routine/habit, or denying there is a problem, we carry on with our daily hustle, avoiding confrontation and setting new limits. Too often we overcommit in the name of overachieving and then overlook…

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Crazy is better than common

Contrary to popular belief, budding entrepreneurs trying to make a name for themselves don’t suffer from a lack of resources. They suffer mainly from obscurity.  And by definition, obscurity always increases at the norm. Why? Because “common” literally means widespread – it’s the peak of the bell curve; the home of the majority. When categorized…

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What we see depends on where we stand

Two people are walking side by side down a bustling New York street. One walks ahead looking up and the other looking down. Although in the exact same environment, their impression and interpretation of the same city will be very different. And such is life. We don’t act based on an objective and universal interpretation…

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More effort does not equal more reward

Many people operate from an unwritten rule stating that a gargantuan, time-consuming task is a reliable indicator of both importance and future reward.   But this logic could not be more flawed – and it’s a very costly misconception. Spending a year on a painting does not guarantee it will be worth more than another completed…

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Superstition ends where new action begins

There are two human behaviors that perpetuate superstitions. Subconsciously seeking information that supports our beliefs Clinging to our routine behavior For these two primary reasons we are inclined to create overarching beliefs and general assumptions about what leads to success and failure – or anything in between. This is why so many different people can…

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Every person is a personal business

It is interesting to see how most people draw distinctively different lines between business and their private lifestyle. Personally, I see many striking similarities. Founding a company is merely a parallel to something more important: your “personal business.” A quality business requires adaptability, thriftiness, discretion, management, a degree of speculation, and resourcefulness.  Does a happy…

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Time is free, yet absolutely priceless

Assume, at the end of today, you had to invoice yourself for the tasks and activities you completed. What’s the grand total? The hourly rate? Most people struggle to answer these questions because the majority has no idea what their time is worth – they allow others  to decide for them.   Of course, this only…

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If you can’t, you must; if you must, you can

The word “can’t” has become a one-step-solution many people use to put their nagging inner-thoughts to rest. After all, once we declare that something cannot be done, there is no need to think about it or worry about it, right? We can justify our abdication and retreat with logic: “It’s out of my control.” “It’s…

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Opposite can mean opportunity

Too easily and too often we assume our perspectives are the best, most logical, and perhaps only way to interpret the world. But this train of thought is not only fallacious, but perilous. We shut doors of opportunity and growth that we didn’t even know existed. If doing things in the same way we have…

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Reality is a technicality

“Things don’t work that way in the real world” we’re implicitly and/or explicitly told. But even though advice about the “real world” may come with good intentions, it doesn’t make it accurate. Cautionary counsel is less about fact and more of an outward reflection of an inner belief or opinion based on personal points of…

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