Principles & Values

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The first rule of any game

You won’t win a game you don’t know you’re in. If you don’t know you’re in a game you’re won’t be familiar with the rules and you won’t be paying attention to the trends and nuances that spell opportunity for veteran player.

Here’s an example: In high school my older friends would tell me that I should learn “understand the system” and “recognize that it’s all a game.” At first, I thought this sounded great, but I really didn’t understand what it meant so I continued to follow the conventional advice, “just work hard.” …

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The unschedule

I like to set goals and achieve them. Making progress simply feels good. But I can’t say the process has always worked in my favor. Sometimes I get so focused on achieving my goals that I physically and emotionally wear myself out. Recently I’ve thought a lot about why this happens and I’ve realized something simple, but yet very profound…

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You don’t always have to buy what’s being sold

When everyone is entitled to their own opinion, you’re going to get a lot of opinions. And when estimates about the future cannot yet be proven, everyone wants to believe their idea is the correct one.

While it’s always important gather feedback and insight from others, it’s equally important to remember that you don’t always have to buy into it…

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Never settle. Stay uncommon.

Mediocrity has immense gravity pulling our ambitions to the mean. It’s not surprise, then, that the Mavericks who lead uncommon lives simply refuse to settle.

But even more interesting is that they refuse to even play the same game everyone else is playing. They rise above the noise because they’re not listening to it nor interested in it.

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I heart you

It’s Thanksgiving here in the United States… one of my favorite Holidays. Why? Because it urges us to do what is too often shrouded in the inertia of Western culture: Slow down and reflect. No physical gifts, only gratitude (ironically, one of the greatest gifts we can give ourselves, others, and the world).

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The real weapon that wins wars…

There have been countless circumstances through history that have proven newer and better tools do not guarantee success. Although important, tools, technology, connections, money, and even experience are often defeated in the face of directed passion…

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Fasci-nation – One nation under captivation

I’m not going to beat around the bush. The constant discussions, posts, and press about the upcoming presidential elections in the United States are really starting to wear on me. But the moment I feel like disconnecting or telling people to “cool it,” I realize this is actually quite an admirable and inspirational occurrence.

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In the equation of success, one element matters most…

No matter the circumstances, no matter the goal, the most important element in the equation of success is… you guessed it, YOU! This is not to say that the the greatest accomplishments are achieved single-handedly. Nor I am suggesting that the journey to success must be walked alone. In fact, I don’t believe either is an accurate description of success. Ever. …

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When mediocrity is intolerable, success is…

Some people tell me they doubt that they have the drive to work towards extraordinary results. I think this can be addressed by re-framing the issue.

Instead of getting hung up on being ‘successful’ (which often involves a new self-concept that intimates many), we can also develop an intolerance for a half effort, for cutting corners, and for average results.

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Wealth is having options

There are two ways I view this maxim:

Being grateful for what we have
Working towards creating more options in life

To point #1: If you’re reading this, you’re wealthy.

Many people on earth (not including you…

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Where the game-changers live

Without being somewhat grounded in reality, we become delusional. But when we become too focused on reality, we begin to forget the power we have to change it…

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