Yes, But…

When someone presents you with a new idea, a new possibility, how often does your response begin, “Yes, but…”? Of course, that “but” is always followed by a caveat, one doubt or another. You rarely say, “Yes but we need to get started on that right away.” Each and every...

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Prioritize Like Eisenhower

If you’re like most people, you have a lot to do. As fast as you get one thing done, five more things needing your attention “right away” have been dropped on you. Unanswered emails pile up, texts come in non-stop, the phone is ringing. And, if you’re like me,...

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Advice From Birmingham Jail

“Any law that uplifts human personality is just. Any law that degrades human personality is unjust.” I recently reread what is now known as Letter from Birmingham Jail, written by Martin Luther King, Jr. when he was serving time for participating in a nonviolent protest against segregation. Dr. King’s powerful...

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Recharging My Mind

Off on a Clarity Break to clear my mind, recharge, and return with new ideas and thoughts to ponder in missives to come. And don’t forget, you too need a Clarity Break to recharge. If you haven’t scheduled one this week, be sure to get it in your calendar before...

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Big Opportunity or Big Lie?

“She cast a hypnotic spell on even seasoned investors, honing an irresistible pitch about a little girl who was afraid of needles and who now wanted to improve the world by providing faster, better blood tests.” writes Roger Lowenstein in his New York Times review of John Carreyrou’s new...

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Failure Is Not Good

There have  been endless articles, books, and talks  espousing the value of failure to entrepreneurs as well as those working away inside companies big and small. Failure is generally portrayed as a not-too-unpleasant and necessary stepping stone to success; something to learn and grow from. I appreciate that you...

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Struggling Through The Pain

“I did not get to the point I am at by focusing on what would I enjoy doing. I got here by saying what pain am I willing to sustain?” A successful entrepreneur with whom I work shared with me these words of wisdom about his journey through several successful...

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Just Do It

I’m writing this as I sit on a deck on Whidbey Island, overlooking Puget Sound. While  daydreaming, listening to the birds, and contemplating the beautiful island scenery I got thinking about my recent missive, Will Anywhere Do? It occurs to me that there’s a counterpoint to knowing where you’re...

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