Good and Tired

There’s nothing as satisfying as being good tired. When you are good tired, you may have exhausted your energy, but you’d rarely complain “I’m exhausted!” Good tired is the result of making serious progress on accomplishing your work goals. Your life goals. Good tired can be physical: how you feel after vigorous sustained exercise. You…

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The Love Imperative

Loving what you do is radical. It’s also critical to success. After all, to experience success at work requires years of effort and energy. That can be hard to do if you’re miserable. The work will suffer, as will you. Loving your work doesn’t actually make work necessarily easier. It can still be difficult, challenging,…

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The Right Person

Have you ever had a bottle of wine and no corkscrew to open it? If you search on YouTube there are countless ways to get the job done — but nothing’s going to be less of a hassle than a corkscrew. It’s made for the job! And so it will always be a kitchen staple.…

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Setting the Temperature

I’m not sure when I decided that 68 degrees was the right setting for the thermostat. There were many years growing up when 72 was the default. One day in one home 68 became the number that stuck. Now that I’m working next to a very large window, I’ve noticed 68 leaves me chilly. This…

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As You Like It

I used to do something weird. In a typically-busy day, I’d think about how difficult it was to be so busy. How downtrodden I was! Most people who think similarly can blame their boss. However, having been self-employed for over 20 years, that scapegoat is far in the rear-view mirror. A happy thought skipped into…

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This Might Be a Lot

So, what is your lot in life? Is it predetermined, even allotted? Perhaps by genetics and early childhood experiences…but what about free will? I had a friend who — once a terrorist attack happened in her city — declared “The city is ruined for me now. I have to move.” I pointed out that, in…

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Want more mojo?

Last Thursday I saw this headline that got me thinking: I marveled at the thought. A deep well of mojo, suddenly run dry. Is that possible? How do you even know you’ve got mojo to lose? After consulting the dictionary and Google, I’ve settled on a definition for the word. Mojo is a magic power.…

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Deliberately More Fun and Profit

Sometimes, what may look like an impulsive decision is actually quite the opposite. The decision-maker has been considering the move for awhile, doing research, examining motivations, considering. Deliberating. Then, when the time is right (or, good enough…just not wrong), they implement the decision that has – in reality – been waiting in the wings. So,…

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From So-so to Sow! Sow!

One thing I know is you never know. I wrote an article about 10 years ago in an industry periodical. Someone cut it out, and it sat on his desk for 2 years. Eventually he called — asking if I could help him out. He’s now been a consulting client for more than 5 years.…

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What if the simplest of words is gold?

Want better outcomes in work? In life? Make better decisions. Hard to believe, but you knew one of the best ways to make better decisions at around age 2 or 3. It involved saying the simplest of words. Back when you were a wee thing, one simple word allowed you to learn…to soak up language…

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