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Immeasurable factors fuel measurable results

While some outcomes in life are clearly visible (savings account balance, weight, appearance, sales figures, etc.), many are not.  Sometimes to a fault, we place an exorbitant amount of attention on measurable metrics assuming what is most important can be measured. But in our dogged pursuit of what is quantifiable we often neglect what is…

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Distance changes circumstance

Solving problems is all about getting closer to the issue, right? Not necessarily. We often assume that those most familiar and most knowledgeable about a problem are the best people to solve it. Ironically, however, many insights do not result from increased research or more time spent analyzing. Sometimes it takes an outsider with a…

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Start with the ridiculous and work toward the reasonable

In the realm of negotiation, there is widely understood maxim: “He who proposes the first figure loses.” What is the reasoning behind this phrase? In fear of sounding ridiculous, the first person typically proposes what is (or might be near) a logical figure. What is not often understood is that all following conversations are framed…

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Imagination is more important than knowledge

Ideas in the creative economy are extremely valuable commodities. More than ever before, the world relies on human creativity to solve the many problems we have created, combat the threats of nature, refine elements of function and style, and simply make life more enjoyable.  What is the source of ideas? Imagination. Einstein once said: “Imagination…

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Balance is about prevention, not damage control

Why are so many people unpleasantly surprised when they feel unsatisfied or experience burn out? When viewed objectively, the cause is most often not a secret. We overextend. We overcommit. And we under-nourish our mind, body and spirit. Sadly, it seems to be human nature to wait until something is not working in our lives…

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Energy management trumps time management

It’s a very well known fact: There are only 24 hours in a day. This, of course, is a fixed limitation. Naturally, time management tends to take center stage for those seeking to become more productive. This is understandable and worthwhile, but also somewhat myopic because no matter what strategy takes hold, time still passes….

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Starting is not an event

There are various definitive milestones and waypoints in the process of accomplishing a goal, founding a company, creating a product, building a relationship, etc. But starting is not one of them. There is no single point of inception when initiating, acting upon, and starting an idea. One burst of inertia is never enough to get…

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A Stop sign does not mean turn back

Everyday we face various Stop signs. Not only in a car, but in our professional and personal lives as well. When someone gives us unfavorable feedback, or we lose support, or we lose funding, or something does not work out, we face a Stop sign. But many people take these encounters far too literally and…

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Common sense is a collection of prejudices

Albert Einstein was well known for bending conventional paradigms of thought. This served him well and made him one of the most innovative, forward-thinking men of all time. He once asserted, “Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen.” Once again, Einstein proposes a thought-provoking idea. Ironically, common sense is both essential…

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Creative flow comes from letting go

The value of “creative flow” cannot be underestimated. It’s a source or inspiration, imagination, and genius – things coveted by man for centuries. Despite some common beliefs, great ideas don’t arise from a deepset effort to expel intelligence, but rather a process of “expressing” thoughts and energy without self-scrutiny. The greatest encumbrance we face is,…

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The M4M ebook is finally here

After 4 years since the original Maxims for Mavericks book, I am finally releasing the new version with 95% new content. Best of all, I am giving the ebook away for FREE… at least for a while. – Get your FREE copy here: http://su.pr/7A5gvV As we are shift from an information economy to a creative…

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Leaders are emotional risk takers

Most attempts to avoid risk can be traced back to protecting one’s emotional state. There are numerous labels for negative feelings that could result from taking a risk: embarrassment, loss, pain, anger, jealousy, disappointment, loneliness, emptiness, insignificance, despair, and countless more. For many, these painful states of mind are enough to keep them in a…

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