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Ships weren’t built for harbors

Like a ship in a marina, many people live their professional lives in a cubicle, docked up, tuned out, and turned off. It’s not that the cubicle itself is bad — it’s that the culture of cubicle can eventually restrict our ability to act and think outside of our current role, position, and skill set.

Staying in a harbor — any metaphoric harbor — for too long can make the open seas appear too terrifying to consider. We should be sure that we’re challenging ourselves to sail out of our safe, comfortable, and predictable environments to test our current abilities, to develop new skills, and reveal our often hidden potential.

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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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One of the most dangerous beliefs…

Repeating behaviors, routines, assumptions, and processes is attractive because, well, it’s easy. But pressing the “repeat” each day is short-sighted. Eventually, our results taper off to a plateau (or decline), we overlook opportunities that can improve our life, and our creative muscles dystrophy.

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The Maverick’s brain

We all know what a brain looks like. It’s an odd, wrinkly, lumpy collection of greyish-pink matter. For most people, this organ best serves as an auto-pilot device, helping them perform every-day functions.

To a Maverick, however, the brain is much more than that.

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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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You can’t live ON chaos, but you can thrive IN chaos.

Unless you live in an ivory tower, some chaos in life is inevitable. In a passing storm of chaos it is entirely possible to use the additional pressure to inspire resourcefulness and urgent action. In fact, the greatest leaders thrive under such circumstances. BUT no matter who you are, it’s impossible to live in chaos.

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Panic is not a strategy

We may not be able to predict everything, but we can predict that there will always be uncertainty — and for that very reason, we should have a plan in place for that uncertainty. While we cannot control every aspect of life, there is almost always something that can be done to strengthen ourselves mentally, physically, and emotionally.

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Always test the rope

When elephants are being trained to stay in one place at a very young age the trainers drive a stake deep in the ground and use a rope or chain that the elephant cannot break. After a few failed attempts to break free in the elephant’s youth, the elephant stops trying and never tests the rope again.

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People aren’t scalable. But ideas are.

It’s a natural goal to want to maximize resources. But sometimes pursuing “more” causes businesses and leaders to push ahead in the wrong places in the wrong ways. As much as we’d like to think people can continue to increase hours and maintain quality of output, it simply doesn’t work. As long as humans remain human there will be a point of diminishing returns.

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To say you’re not a leader…

We’re taught to compare ourselves to other people to gauge where we are and how we’re doing. It’s horrible advice. Simply because no two people are alike, we will always lose the game of comparison. Like the old saying goes, it’s apples to oranges…

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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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