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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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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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Make a habit of questioning the answers

After a decade spent observing human behavior I’ve noticed some patterns that have led to a surprisingly simple theory of mine: The sources of our greatest problems are two fold: One, a lack of information and two, perhaps most importantly, a plethora of wrong information. Accordingly, we can divide the majority of the population into two camps:

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Be willing to work or be willing to be worked

Both the hammer and the nail appear on the job site, but one is at the mercy of the other. One is hammering and one is getting hammered. Technically speaking, this isn’t always negative. After all, nails are needed to build structures — but nails are rarely Mavericks. Why? …

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Ideas can’t grow in captivity

To protect ourselves from possible embarrassment, ridicule, or judgement, we often live life with a psychological lampshade. We hide our most audacious, crazy (and often most important) ideas from the world. But ideas can’t materialize when held captive in our minds. In fact, ideas multiply in value when they are freed, shared, talked about, and tested.

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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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Today’s lesson

Why does this lesson plan strike you as odd? Because in conventional education (chalkboard and all) there is so much structure we come to rely on teachers, leaders, scholars, and a predetermined program to “educate” us.

It’s no question that those who enjoy more, do more, and achieve more are those whose own daily lesson plan reads: “Educate myself.”

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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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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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