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Just Do The Damn Thing!

“Chop Wood, Carry Water” is an ancient Zen proverb. In other words…Do the damn thing! Just do the work in front of you always! Work is magic and the great equalizer…there is something beautiful about how simple brilliant work done over and over with concentration and faith can completely level the playing field. It’s not complicated…we decide what the goal is, define the strategy and simply put our head down and get to grinding! I love that those with less talent can simply decide to out work everyone who are both more gifted and talented, and that makes ALL the
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Stuck? Just Do This!

The next step is just that…the next step! I see it all the time…entrepreneurs who are flat out stuck, not moving, standing still. They don’t admit it right off the bat but I’ve grown used to seeing the signs and I can spot it during opening conversations with many business owners. The tragedy is that because everyone is so preoccupied with projecting success and total confidence you’re very reluctant to reveal that you’re stuck…you honestly don’t know what the next step is. There is no logic to what happens next it is all an evolutionary reaction…when there is doubt, there
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Thoughts Indeed Are Things!

It is so absolutely true! Here’s the thing though…amidst all of the easy platitudes, and courageous quotes (and they do have their place!), somtimes I really do think that there is a huge piece of this entrepreneurial lifestyle we leave out and it’s this…Yes it’s great to say “Have Courage!”…”Be Bold!”…”Don’t Take No for an Answer!”…but on those mornings when you just flat out aren’t feeling it and the idea of projecting that seems sooo far away, what do you do? Or let me ask you this…have you EVER in your life had that moment where you simultaneously were projecting
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Submission as a Value?

I wonder what would happen if you just submitted yourself to the process? Stop trying to determine the outcome so much of the time. Yes…hold the outcome as your intention but when you mentally grinnnnnnnnd on it you steal the joy of this moment. Fall in love with the process! Fall in love with controling what you can control. Fall in love with the journey. I am not talking about taking your foot off the gas pedal! I don’t mean for any of us to slack off! No way…we have good work to do. We have this world to make
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Culture Anyone?

Today many people talk quite a bit about corporate culture and they are absolutlely correct to do so. Culture within an organization is so so critical. So much so that I believe culture eats strategy for breakfast every day of the week! All of the strategizing in the world no matter how brilliant will fall on it’s face IF the culture within the organization does not support it! Most airlines “say” that customer service is their number one goal but when flights are running late, when stress is high that quote goes out the window! Employess become surly and seem
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Boldness Is a Virtue!

Boldness is an absolute MUST! Action is first for sure but BOLDNESS has got to be the follow up! Let’s please for Pete’s sake do away with the useless lesson of humility we were taught as children, it does not serve you well in the market place! Listen we as leaders and business owners have got to come to grips with the fact that we must always act with boldness. Now don’t make the mistake and get offended if you are an introvert…because I’m not saying you must be LOUD and  go around creating a scene…I’m TELLING you that you
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Rituals…Vodoo or Responsibility?

Good Monday Morning All! Let me ask you something…Are you a Monday morning person? Notice your internal temperature right now…did it change with that question? Did you roll your eyes? Did you groan inwardly? When I ask that question I really don’t care about Monday…really…what I’m really asking is are you AWAKE at all? Are you awake and really living in this moment pursuing your dreams, goals, enjoying dealing with challenges that make you grow, doing business with those you love being with? Or have you bought that horrible idea that only on the weekends are we living the good
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Anxiety is the Pretender’s Game!

“Anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, but only empties today of its strength” True story! So why is Anxiety the default button for so many? I have a theory and you’re probably not going to like my answer but I’m going to give it to you anyway. We all know on an intellectual level that Anxiety is an UTTERLY USELESS Emotional response to challenges, catastrophes and tough spots we sometimes find ourselves in. Yet knowing this, a large majority of us default to Anxiety as a response to our daily struggles . Why is this? The answer is
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Inspiration vs Action

There will be many many times you will not “FEEL” like doing what you need to do in order to win! You must learn to act regardless of our fleeting emotions. I see business owners everyday who have clearly gotten up that morning feeling the burden of deals gone wrong, the shame of mistakes made, & goals missed….they have decided “I just don’t feel like it today.” Feelings should be barometers, or the nerve center for our decisions not the govenor. They might alert us to issues we need to deal with but they should not be the determining factor
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Atlas, Value, Scarcity and a New Economy

With her masterpiece “Atlas Shrugged” Ayn Rand became a major paradigm shifter by challenging our beliefs about money, wealth, and production, and helped lead into into the embrace of a new economy. Her character Francisco d’Aconia over hears a party attendee remark on the belief that money is the root of all evil.
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