Busting It Wide Open

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Having strong relationships with others is one of the four pillars of simple success. (The others are having a compelling goal, getting stuff done in a natural flow, and replacing broken mental models with supportive ones.) Sometimes our important relationships stop being strong. Maybe we notice they annoy us. Or threaten us. Or maybe they […]


Quick Check

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Here is a quick check-in tool you can use to test the health of a project, venture, business, or career. Do I (or does everyone involved) have a clear, compelling (i.e. I/we really want to keep doing it), and complete understanding of the big-picture goals? Do all who matter (to this project, venture, business, or […]

Success is as Simple as This

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A major indicator of success anywhere is whether you really believe you will succeed. The problem is that most of us have the subtle habit (that is, you might not be completely aware of it) of thinking that it won’t work out. And oddly, that’s what happens: we don’t succeed. Some of us have the […]

Effectiveness Lists: The Barebone Edition

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We’ve seen how trying to do it all is impossible. And how the far better way is to select what you will do from the huge list of what you could do. In fact, the system I suggest can be simplified into this Barebone Edition of two lists and three repeating steps: Write down anything […]

Simply Said

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As I’ve been known to say, success is simple. And there are several ways to describe how to have success simply. Here’s one of my faves. Do what you can to add joy, freedom, and growth to your life and others lives. Careful, now. If you’re tempted to think you cannot do this in your […]

No Mystery

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Good business strategies and good career strategies are neither difficult nor mysterious. They share the same features. Your career or business strategy will be strong and meaningful if they employ a unique constellation of talents, yours or your business’s engage your or your business’s values and passions satisfy your needs, wants, or desires or those […]

One Way to Go

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As the name of this blog indicates, I think success is simple. It’s just not always that easy. Take for instance getting started with the Effectiveness Habits. You may want to replace old organization habits with ones you think would better serve you. But habits are sticky. To deal with old, sticky habits, your first […]