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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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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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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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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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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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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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