Finally

Posted Posted in Leading, Well

Why do we sometimes get stuck in Groundhog Day situations? The same crap seems to happen over and over in our world, work, or lives. It’s because we are focused on being stuck, explaining why it sucks to be stuck, or seeking the reasons for being stuck. To finally get unstuck, tell a better, bigger […]

A picture of a simple farm gate

Gatekeeping

Posted Posted in Grows, Leading, Success, We

Most gatekeepers–those who would keep us out–are powerless. In the short term they throw up obstacles. But in the long term they’ve got nothing. Secretly they know it, are simply afraid, and deep down want us in. The only real gatekeeper–the one who can actually keep us out of anything–is inside us. Secretly we know […]

This is Success

Posted Posted in Career, Success, What

What does it mean to be successful? Most of us don’t really know. We kindasorta think it is about ticking certain boxes. We don’t know who set them out to be ticked or exactly which boxes we should tick. But we suspect they have something to do with having money, position, smarts, strength, safety, beauty, […]

Don’t Change the World

Posted Posted in Leading, Strategy, Success, What

Whether when musing about the news or choosing our next job/project, we can trip up thinking that we are here to change the world. We’re not. There’s something more delicious for us to do: change our world. The world is too distant, distracting, and depressing. It’s full of spiky obstacles, shiny objects, and competing ideologies. […]

I Double-Super-Secret Promise You

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It won’t work. It’s hard. I’m not good at that. They won’t do it. You gotta be lucky. The situation I’m looking for doesn’t exist. This is the way things are. It’s easy. People and situations line up to help. Others have done this or something like it; I bet we can, too. I may […]

Fall in Love with Your Vision

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So used to expecting things not to work out, we limit our vision of what think we or our businesses can achieve. Or, perhaps, we allow our vision to be swamped by “yeah buts” (thoughts of fear, uncertainty, doubt, worry, anger, regret, or guilt). Damn. What if, instead, we loved our vision? Imagine what would […]

Which Would You Rather?

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Which would you rather have: a book of formulas for success or the insight to let you shortcut the formulas? Yeah, me too.   In your corner, Mike PS: That’s why these notes are lighter on technique and heavier on the broader perspectives.   Today’s photo credit: fs999 White Beauty via photopin (license)