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How Fast or Slow is Success?

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Steve Martin, describing his success as a stand-up comedian, says, “The course was more plodding than heroic; I…took incremental steps studded with a few intuitive leaps.” If we believe we have to work hard, prove ourselves, do the right things in the right order, or pay our dues, then success will wait until we have done […]

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The Four Reasons We Get Stuck

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If any success for our organizations or ourselves seems elusive, then we benefit greatly if we can see what’s stopping us. Sometimes we get stuck because we don’t really know what it is we are after (or are afraid to specify it). Sometimes it’s because our buzz is too low; we are feeling bad, trying […]

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Who Do You Say You Are?

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The thoughts that most determine our success are the ones about who we think we are. If we find ourselves stuck, it’s likely because we somehow think we are the kind of people to get stuck here. To find ourselves unstuck, we simply imagine ourselves to be the kind of person who naturally has the […]

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Fail Your Way to Success

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Embracing failure is an oddly effective way to ultimately succeed. This does not mean just hoping everything goes well, winging it, ignoring it, or just bracing for impact. Embracing failure means adopting a system where we can test our assumptions (and we blindly make huge assumptions at work all the time) in a series of small, non-bet-the-farm experiments. […]

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The One Success Error We All Make

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To be successful, we must first define success. Looking inside ourselves for definitions of success leads to satisfaction, creativity, energy, happiness, and/or meaning. Looking outside leads to empty achievement, perpetual dissatisfaction, learned helplessness, burnout, superficiality, frustration, and regret. Ouch. We know this. We see how externally-defined success leads us and others to chase money, fame, […]

What to Do About Low-Buzz Organizations

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Some organizations buzz at such a low level that we can feel it as soon as we walk into their offices, shops, or buildings. We don’t have to witness the poorer performance, lower morale, or more questionable results; they seem to be somehow in the air. Happily, it only takes one of us to turn […]

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What Does Your Personal Indicator Say?

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Pause a moment. What physical sensations do you notice in response to this question: “If you could live the life and career of your dreams, what would it feel like?” Common feelings people report here include a buzz, tingling, warmth, lightness, or sensations of relief, release, or calm. They notice these sensations in their chest, […]

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Go Ahead and Define Success

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Part of making success simple is defining it–in clear and compelling terms–for yourself. Success has to be what you say it is and what is right for you. The problem is we usually fail to define success. We end up running our lives on vague, inherited tropes about position, consumption, limitations, and “the way things […]

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Tension, Impending Doom, and Success

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Finding success can seem a struggle because most of us carry around a coiled tension within. Afraid or unsure of what’s coming, we tense up defensively. We look over our shoulders, wait for some other shoe to drop, anticipate bad outcomes, or try to stave off some impending doom. At times we feel this tension strongly though often we experience […]

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Anchored Away

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The extent to which you spend your quiet time (heck, even your noisy time) with your thoughts and words focused on what is, was, or might be wrong or broken is the extent to which you anchor yourself away from the shores of success. The keel side of that is true, too: the extent to […]