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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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When you change the way you look at things…

What we see is not dependent on what is actually there to be seen — it’s entirely dependent is our perspective (Tweet this quote). This is why people can experience the same circumstances and have completely different observations and conclusions about what they experienced. Here is a short video documenting a very well-known example.

As much as we hate to admit it, our brains are easily fooled. Maybe this is why…

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Sleepwalking is a crime.

Of course, this has nothing to do with a nighttime sleep-disorder. However, it does have everything to do with mental daytime vacancy. The number of people who mindlessly navigate through life is staggering — especially at work. The imaginary switch on their back is permanently lodged in the off position. Not surprisingly this stifles productivity, creativity, motivation, passion, happiness, and the list goes on.

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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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Think outside of the box

We’ve all heard it before: Think outside of the box. But sometimes it’s good to see a visual cue in our environment that reminds us to do this more frequently. That’s why I created this piece (and Maxims 4 Mavericks).

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This is why ‘normal’ is average

By definition a ‘norm’ is common. Thus, being ‘normal’ means being common (Tweet this quote). It means thinking and doing in the same way as the majority. Yet, being ‘normal’ is still encouraged by society.

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This is the role of a linchpin

The greatest influencers appreciate reality as it stands today AND the ability they have to change it. These two aspects make them invaluable to the fate of their community, team, business, family, and their world.

Linchpins are those who play an invaluable role in the relationship of the ideal and the real. They not only help bridge this gap, they literally are the bridge.

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One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men…

“…No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man.” – Elbert Hubbard The age of outsourcing is well upon us. But it doesn’t mean you and/or your position are next in line for replacement. Not long ago, a billboard in Silicon Valley read: “1,000,000 people can do your job.  What makes you so special?”…

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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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Every person is a personal business

It is interesting to see how most people draw distinctively different lines between business and their private lifestyle. Personally, I see many striking similarities. Founding a company is merely a parallel to something more important: your “personal business.” A quality business requires adaptability, thriftiness, discretion, management, a degree of speculation, and resourcefulness.  Does a happy…

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