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The shortest answer is doing

It’s easy to make bold and impressive claims. This is why most people prefer to talk rather than do.  It’s been said many times, but despite its repetition, this age-old adage never loses value: Action speaks louder than words. Communicating with words may help set expectations, but only action builds character, reputation, and results. You…

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Innovators are collaborators not corroborators

We rely on innovation to address challenges and to make our lives more enjoyable. But innovation decreases and eventually ceases when change agents (that’s you): Become bystanders Decide to hoard their ideas The world is in need of anxious thinkers (not onlookers) who stimulate ideas through providing and sharing ideas. When people relieve themselves of…

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Don’t play the game, change the game

Every so often an individual’s curiosity, frustration, and/or inspiration urges them to break tradition and challenge the status quo.  It’s not about appeasing a subjective moral duty. It’s a drive to encourage others to revisit assumptions to avoid complacency, groupthink, or mediocrity. Sometimes these individuals speak a language that the majority immediately understands and other…

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Start small if starting big means waiting

But… What if I have access to more resources tomorrow? What if I have better information tomorrow? What if a bigger opportunity comes tomorrow? Stop it. Opportunity cost is not the problem. Opportunity cost is completely irrelevant if you’re busy waiting idle. Big things don’t happen overnight so don’t wait for ‘this fateful night’ to…

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Adventure matters more than efficiency

Peak efficiency is an admirable goal. After all, who wants to squander time, energy, and other resources when such waste can be avoided? My personal quest for efficiency has served me well; allowing me to do more than I ever thought possible.  But I have learned that such a quest also requires a word of…

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You can’t prove ‘new’

Outside of start-up ventures, we’re all, in a way, venture capitalists. We try to maintain a balance between analysis, prediction, and blind faith when deciding what to do and what to avoid – and then, of course, how diligently to do each. But the difference in people’s life paths is often determined by their own…

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The simple willingness to improvise is more vital, in the long run, than research

Research serves a purpose, but it doesn’t offer much when your plans and actions might change the data you’re researching. Big visions require a willingness to step forward without seeing the whole staircase. They demand resourcefulness, thinking on the spot, and adjusting direction in flight. Everything else is a distraction, an attempt to seek comfort…

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Challenges offer disproportionate rewards

In every challenge there lies an antithetical reward – a large, often unintended, opportunity. Why?  One reason is because the majority opts to avoid confrontation.  Thus the obvious consequence is that fewer people follow through.  The not so obvious consequence is the disproportionate reward for the few who do. The reason is simple: Most people…

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A willingness to be wrong creates a Wright

The Wright brothers didn’t fly on their first attempt. They failed countless times before successfully gliding above the earth.  In fact, many of their attempts could be viewed as downright embarrassing. In their day, even the concept of human flight was blasphemy. It was enough to put their psychological condition on trial. But thank God…

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The obvious is relative

Everyday we make numerous assumptions about how the world works to avoid information overload. However, what if many of those assumptions were incorrect? Author, Duncan Watts makes a very compelling case in his book, Everything is Obvious. In one example, he shares the following: A group of participants are asked, “Who would perform better in…

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He who cares less, wins

This concept is counter-intuitive and perhaps even antagonistic to those deeply involved in the world of self-help and the devout fundamentalists of the law of attraction movement. However, at times, there is a clear advantage to being emotionally removed from attaining a specific outcome. This is especially true in times of negotiation where a request…

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Panic is not a strategy

A while back I had a conversation with a doctor I have not forgotten. “Most patients look at professional help purely as a last resort,” he said, “meaning once the pain gets unbearable, they finally come in. Sometimes I can help, but other times, it’s God’s business at that point.  People are not very proactive…

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