Three pillars of profit

You have a powerful contribution to make but you aren't really profiting to the degree you know you can. Profit goes deeper than dollars.

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Contribution

What's your contribution? What is your offer to us? What do you bring to this tribe, to our team, to this project or goal?

We're not interested in picking you and we're not as interested in paying for your time as we once were. We want to know if you're willing to pick yourself, to be the person who...

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People in costume get 10% off today only

clarity Oct 31, 2018

Today is Halloween.

The holiday originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and don costumes to ward off ghosts. This day marked the end of summer and the harvest and the beginning of the dark, cold winter, a time of year that was often associated with human death. 

We love and celebrate this holiday, I think because it gives us permission. Permission to drop one costume and try on another. To be something different.

Most of us...

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What is authentic leadership?

leadership Oct 29, 2018

Society has phrases like “Be yourself”. “Stick to your roots”. “Don’t forget where you came from”.

Have you ever stopped to think about who you really are? Where is this thing you call the self? Maybe this thing self doesn’t exist, it’s merely you clinging to an identity built up of stories about the past. 

And this is tricky because this identity is wrapped up in your gifts and talents, everything that's gotten you to where you...

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Stop seeking truth, use this instead

distinctions leadership Oct 22, 2018

Before I begin telling you what I think, I want to establish that I am a “dumb shit” who doesn’t know much relative to what I need to know. Whatever success I’ve had in life has more to do with my knowing how to deal with my not knowing than anything I know. - Ray Dalio, Principles

Hold both arms and hands in front of you, thumbs out. Which one makes an "L"? That's not an answer as much as a distinction, relative to any current perspective.

Answers are...

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Forget your dreams, do this instead

habits results spirit Oct 21, 2018

My business is doing well, but I want to be truly financially free. 

I need to lose 10lbs.

My team is smart and capable. I wish they listened to me and produced better work. 

These things, they are never the end goal. These are means to an end. 

Think of the something you desire in life right now. Write it down. What would it mean about you if you got what you wanted? 

Financial freedom means I believe I am worthy of abundance and prosperity.

Losing 10lbs...

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Four frogs on a log...

inspiration results Oct 20, 2018

Four frogs on a log. Three decide to jump off. How many frogs are left on the log?

We make decisions and choices all of the time. Some are big. Some small. Most we are not entirely aware of. 

Human nature craves reasons, especially when the choices and decisions of others affect us.  

Explanations open the door to interpretation. Interpretation opens the door to misunderstanding. This is inevitable. Bias is real. 

Leadership doesn't need reasons though. Only...

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Creation and problem solving

leadership Oct 19, 2018

The fundamental distinction between creation and problem-solving is simple.

In problem-solving we fight to make something we don't like cease to exist. In creation, we imagine what might be and bring it to exist for the first time. 

Problems, judgment, criticism, resistance, these things can't occupy the nature of creation. There is no standard upon which to compare. Only experience. 

Most of the time though, we work and operate somewhere in the...

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On relationships

Uncategorized Jul 20, 2018

They're messy. They're hard work and take time to develop. Not just some, all of them. 

When we compare ourselves to others we reject ourselves. In that moment, we are defined by the breadth of that comparison rather than the extraordinary and infinite uniqueness that makes us who we are.

Paradoxically though, it's precisely the hard work that makes them worth it. 

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Sharpening the knife

Uncategorized Jun 30, 2018

The experience of climbing rocks and mountains is a deliberate one, each move, each decision intentional. It is an experience of presence. With intention and clarity, when stakes are high, the mind sharpens.

A sharp mind, much the same as a sharp knife, is a safe one because it goes where you want it to. 

Going up is optional. Coming down is not. But the sharpness persists. 

“You cannot stay on the summit forever; you have to come down again. So why bother in the first...

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Time will say...

Uncategorized Jun 29, 2018

Musings on living in the moment...

The winds must come from somewhere when they blow,
There must be reasons why the leaves decay;
Time will say nothing but I told you so.

W. H. AUDEN

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