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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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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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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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Dear fear: I quit!

Fear can serve a valuable purpose, but sometimes it merely holds us back from living the life we really want. In these cases, it’s completely okay to submit your letter of resignation.

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Dear doubt: I quit!

Doubt is a very human emotion and can, at times, serve a valuable purpose, but sometimes it merely holds us back from living the life we really want. In these cases, it’s completely okay to submit your letter of resignation.

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Dear guilt: I quit!

Guilt is a powerful, but ugly emotion. Sure, it can contribute to decision-making some would equate with discipline, but personally, I believe there are far more productive paths to self-control.

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Failure is cross-training

We should be optimistic in viewing our setbacks as preparation for future circumstances and opportunities that we cannot yet foresee.

In doing so, failure becomes cross training.

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The shape of balance

One’s dream life may not look the same to you, me, or society. And that’s okay – as long as the greater good benefits in some way too. I look at it this way: True balance is found when one’s lifestyle is both fulfilling and sustainable.

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