Because, You Know …

Teamwork

Kristin and I joined the YMCA four Januaries ago. Right about this time. It’s within walking distance of our house, for goodness sake. It couldn’t be more convenient. A no brainer. I pre-paid for the first year. Because, you know, discounts. And yet, for the entirety of 2015, between the two of us, I bet we used the facility five times? The following January, I made a commitment to actually get something out of it....
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The Truth About The Messy Middle

Success In The Messy Middle

My Christmas list this year was heavy on books. Go figure. If you know me, that’s like mentioning water is wet or the sky is blue. Even though I can buy them for myself throughout the year — and trust me, I do, in droves — for some reason I just can’t resist asking … for … more … books. The week between Christmas and New Years is actually my favorite time to read. Some people go on vacation, others completely check...
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An Uncommon Moment of Clarity

Steady Water

I was introduced to Tim Urban’s article, The Tail End, right about this time last year. A fascinating context of the brevity of life. Ours is nothing but a whisper in a much larger conversation. That article, of course, took on added significance, weeks later, when my father spent 17 days in ICU. And it was one of the first things I thought about this past weekend, when I had an uncommon moment of clarity....
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Following The Path Of ‘Why’

Path of Why

In his book Principles, Ray Dalio talks a lot about his belief that evolution is the single greatest force in the universe. He writes, “evolving is life’s greatest accomplishment and its greatest reward.” And that our goal should be to maximize our own personal evolution as we strive, fail, learn, adapt and grow. Along those same lines, I was listening to an interview the other day with Simon Sinek — heralded author of the books: Start With...
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May I Have Your Intention Please

May I Have Your Attention

Two years ago, late December 2015, while being interviewed on a podcast, I stated that my goal for 2016 was to become a more prolific and consistent producer of content. I’d pretty well dialed in the monthly newsletter but wanted to increase my frequency of communication. In other words, I wanted to become a better storyteller.  This weekly email, in fact, was one result of clearly stating that intention. And in two years time — almost 90...
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A Different Kind Of Currency

Different Currency

Welcome back from the land of food comas, stretchy pants and loosed belt buckles. I trust that you had a wonderful Thanksgiving break. I know we did. Kristin and I took the kiddos to the Hyatt Lost Pines resort for a one night stay, last Tuesday. It’s one of their absolute favorite places. Collin kept walking around the grounds saying, “I love this place. It’s so boootiful.” Ahh, the childhood innocence and gratitude.  Needless to...
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Never Too Old To Learn A New Language

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Are you familiar at all with the The Five Love Languages? It’s a 1995 New York Times Bestseller, written by Gary Chapman. If you hop over to Amazon, you’ll see 12,279 reviews of the book — more than 10,000 of them 5 stars. Pretty incredible! The root of it is that fulfillment and/or discontent in interpersonal relationships usually stems from the fact that people speak different languages. Not literally. But rather the way in which we prefer...
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