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You don’t always have to buy what’s being sold

When everyone is entitled to their own opinion, you’re going to get a lot of opinions. And when estimates about the future cannot yet be proven, everyone wants to believe their idea is the correct one.

While it’s always important gather feedback and insight from others, it’s equally important to remember that you don’t always have to buy into it…

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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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Depart from the ordinary.

I like heading the airport and following the departure signs. Not because I like sitting on planes, but because I like the idea of departing from the familiar and beginning a new adventure. Call me crazy, but I enjoy challenging predictable circumstances. It keeps life interesting and forces you to be mentally sharp and engaged. You certainly can’t live an “uncommon life” if your daily life becomes a common collection of routines…

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Ships weren’t built for harbors

Like a ship in a marina, many people live their professional lives in a cubicle, docked up, tuned out, and turned off. It’s not that the cubicle itself is bad — it’s that the culture of cubicle can eventually restrict our ability to act and think outside of our current role, position, and skill set.

Staying in a harbor — any metaphoric harbor — for too long can make the open seas appear too terrifying to consider. We should be sure that we’re challenging ourselves to sail out of our safe, comfortable, and predictable environments to test our current abilities, to develop new skills, and reveal our often hidden potential.

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One of the most dangerous beliefs…

Repeating behaviors, routines, assumptions, and processes is attractive because, well, it’s easy. But pressing the “repeat” each day is short-sighted. Eventually, our results taper off to a plateau (or decline), we overlook opportunities that can improve our life, and our creative muscles dystrophy.

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Living life with a face ‘half-full’

We’ve all heard the expression/question: “Is the glass half-empty or is it half-full?” Our response is intended to reveal the degree of optimism we live by. I think it’s a worthwhile question and I also believe our response represents more than just our psychological perspective… it impacts our physiology…

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In the equation of success, one element matters most…

No matter the circumstances, no matter the goal, the most important element in the equation of success is… you guessed it, YOU! This is not to say that the the greatest accomplishments are achieved single-handedly. Nor I am suggesting that the journey to success must be walked alone. In fact, I don’t believe either is an accurate description of success. Ever. …

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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.

There is stability in a controlled spin

Even amid an environment of constant change, some people thrive — and they do it with style. Instead of fighting the change, they embrace it. They acknowledge the gyration and seek the center point with the understanding that motion increases balance.

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There is stability in a controlled spin

Even amid an environment of constant change, some people thrive — and they do it with style. Instead of fighting the change, they embrace it. They acknowledge the gyration and seek the center point with the understanding that motion increases balance.

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To be, or not to be…

To “be” means living with your head up. It means being aware. It means dreaming (in the highest clouds) instead of diving (into the ground). It means sticking your neck out at times. It means facing your circumstances (and changing them). It means exposing yourself to the world (and the elements life presents).

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