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Failure is cross-training

We should be optimistic in viewing our setbacks as preparation for future circumstances and opportunities that we cannot yet foresee.

In doing so, failure becomes cross training.

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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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The pursuit of success can sting

The pursuit of success can be demanding, tough, painful, and tiring… but you know what? The Honey Badger doesn’t care. Nothing will stop it from attempting success.

What about you? How would traits of the Honey Badger increase success in your life?

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The icon of location independence

The limitations of geography are disappearing – and I could not be more excited! Give me an internet connection and I’m Marco Polo … in a business suit. 🙂

I guess it’s not ironic, then, that I’m posting this pop art image from London, 5,400 miles from my office in Manhattan Beach, CA.

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Stop, but please don’t park

Many of us face metaphoric Stop signs in life when we receive negative feedback, a poor result, lack of motivation, etc. and then just… Stop. But these Stop signs of life are not to be taken literally – they do not indicate a parking zone.

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Act like an adult, not a grown up

Sometimes it seems society’s goal is to produce conforming, non-inquisitive, and apathetic grown-ups. This, of course, is an excellent way to shun both fun and success from life.

The opposite of such a stoic existence is to embody the curiosity, liveliness, playfulness, and spontaneity of a child (and yes, these traits can co-exist with maturity).

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Make it personal

It seems that there is often an undeclared battle among start-ups and entrepreneurs to look more “professional” and “slick” than the next guy over. Desperate to be taken seriously and build credibility, entrepreneurs opt for a polished image to set them up for success. Ironically, they end up blending in the crowd.

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Beware of the herd

On one hand, rules and norms create social cohesion and order, but on the other, they breed conformity and complacency. Most social norms and rules were created with a purpose, but relevance is never permanent.

Don’t choose conformity and compliance over creativity because you’ll most likely end up somewhere (and someone) you don’t want to be. Let your intuition and creative inclinations be heard before you become part of the herd.

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More than one answer

This is my tribute of an unaccredited image that spread like wildfire on the internet way back in 2005… and yet I still have not forgotten it. It’s simple, it’s funny, and even though the teacher may not enjoy the same degree of laughter, in some strange way, it’s still, literally speaking, a correct response.

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NOpportunity

When the first thing I see is a road block or what appears to be a dead end, I derail my interpretation by labeling the situation as a ‘NOppertunity.’ These are simply circumstances whereby the no’s, can’ts, and don’ts are initially the most obvious aspects, but not the only ones.

Opportunity, by nature, is introverted. It won’t appear with flashing lights and boisterous music. Instead, the greatest opportunities are revealed to those who seek them.

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Perception is…

Too many people still view the world as ‘flat.’ They think in very limited, 2-dimensional terms.This is a shame, because it limits what is possible. To experience more you have to believe more exists.

If Christopher Columbus believed what the experts told him (“Young man, the world is flat. Sailing far to sea is a death wish!”) then he never would have left the shoreline and certainly never would have stumbled upon North America – a voyage and discovery that ironically completely changed human’s ‘perception’ of our world.

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Human rocket fuel

While writing a speech several years ago and reflecting on my entrepreneurial endeavors I noticed something interesting… Not one of my businesses began with a cliché spurt of inspiration. They were birthed as a result of my frustrations and willingness to create a solution.

The rush of inspiration is fun, fast, and extremely powerful, but a BIG mistake too many could-be Mavericks make is waiting to be swept up by a Hollywood injection of divine inspiration. And wait they do.

Budding entrepreneurs often underestimate the power of converting feelings of desperation into fuel for new action. Not satisfied with a product, service, market void, or comment someone made about you? Do something about it.

I’ll even be so bold to say that I believe inspiration is fleeting. Desperation makes for a much better long-term fuel if you have a clear goal in mind.

But whether it be inspiration or desperation, I just hope you’ll jump on board and light the rocket. Your life – and the world – will be better for it.

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