Taking Initiative: The Difference Between Success and Failure

My wife Kathleen and I had the opportunity to meet with Tina Konkin recently. She’s an internationally known speaker, counselor, and coach on the subject of relationships. As a result, she’s been on major networks, spoken at national conferences, and helped thousands of couples heal broken relationships. We were discussing some potential television projects with Tina, when she said something that I realized applies to so many other areas of life – including

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How Well Do You Do Your Job?

I Mean, Really?

Sometimes blogs don’t have to be long. When I met Seth Godin, and he gave me a wonderful endorsement for one of my books, I learned from Seth just how short – but powerful – his blog posts can be. Books, speeches, advertising copy, sermons, and other writing are similar – length doesn’t necessarily mean insight, creativity, or depth. In fact, Mark Twain was quoted saying,

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Remove Risk, and You Remove Great Performance

Stop Worrying About Risk and Start Embracing It

We hear a lot about “safe spaces” today, but the desire to avoid risk in life is found just about everywhere.  For university faculty members, “tenure” usually refers to job security.  Essentially, it’s about a senior professor’s contractual right not to be fired without just cause.  More directly, it’s a guarantee that a teacher won’t be fired for speaking out or teaching controversial ideas.  Essentially, the core values of tenure are academic freedom, and it’s supposed to give teachers an incentive to stretch their thinking.  However,

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How To Overcome The Five Greatest Fears

What are you afraid of? You may not be a wimp, but the truth is, everyone is afraid of something. And chances are, when you get to the root of your fear, you start discovering what’s holding you back. It doesn’t matter if you’re rich, poor, successful, unsuccessful, famous or not famous, fear is a problem for everyone. David Sanford has written that the five greatest fears of professional people are:

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Life’s Loaded Question: Do We Really Have a Destiny?

The issue of destiny is loaded question. Nearly everyone wants to believe in the concept. Atheists may believe that there’s no God, no purpose, and no point to life, but it’s pretty tough living that philosophy out in the day-to-day trenches. The idea of destiny gives us a reason to go on, motivation that our lives matter beyond PTA meetings, job reviews, and visits to the local coffee shop. The Christian tradition teaches that

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Catalysts – Critical People to Innovation

I’ve been thinking a lot about “catalysts” lately, so I pulled this short post from my archives. What are “catalysts?” A catalyst is a person who isn’t necessarily a great innovator, original thinker, or iconoclast, but someone who by his or her very passion, are able to rally other people to a great cause.  They encourage innovators to

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How to Become a Game Changer

When I think of “Game Changers” I always think of Michael Jordan.  It comes from two things:  First, when there was time for only one shot that had to be made, his teammates knew to get the ball to Michael.  And second, in that same situation, Michael WANTED the ball.  He had the confidence to make the shot.  MIchael was unique because even in the middle of a game, he could shift the momentum simply by his attitude, his skill, and his leadership.  The question is:

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