If You Won a Billion Dollars . . .

Come on admit it, are you thinking about what you would do if YOU won a billion dollars?  I know I am and, given the traffic on Facebook, lots of other people have too. That amount of money is far beyond the dreams of most of the smart, creative, hard working people I know.  Even very successful (or lucky) people with tens of millions of dollars don’t imagine having a …
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Finding Your Growing Edge

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Are you dreaming without acting or acting without dreaming? This time of year every blog post, magazine and talk show has a segment on New Year’s Resolutions.  And every year countless numbers of us set ourselves up to feel bad a year from now. Some never get around to making resolutions, or if they do, they’re vague – be healthier, get richer, work less, do more creative projects, travel more …
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A Lesson From My Grandfather

My grandfather was a small town surgeon, an effusive man and, to a five-year old girl, a bit intimidating.  Nevertheless, when he and my grandmother proposed taking me on the train to Chicago from Tennessee, I was beyond excited. One of the highlights was eating in the dining car.  Just like in the movies the car had tables covered with white linen napkins, silver place settings and sparkling glassware.  The …
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What Thomas Edison and A Four-Year Old Have in Common

My four-year old grandson Tee loves the breakfast smoothies I make with bananas and strawberries.  As I was peeling a banana with brown spots, preparing to pinch off a bruise, Tee said, “Stop Lizzie.  Papa says the brown spots are the sweetest.” This got me thinking about how we frame our experiences.  Most people (North Americans particularly) see brown on a banana as a blemish, something to be avoided.  But …
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What’s Next For You?

There are days when I feel like such a failure and feel like I just can’t answer the question: What Do I Do Next? Do I clean off my desk?  Finally follow up with non-urgent email?  Work on the book?  Design the next planning retreat?  The voices of all the experts ring in my ears, First things first.  Focus on the A priorities.  Quadrant 2 activities. Then there’s the other …
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