My New Year Message for 2014: Choose your mountain to die on.

Like I said in my first book, “Ignore Everybody”, everybody was has their own private Mount Everest they were put on this earth to climb. Some people go their who lives without ever finding their Mount Everest, their own mountain. Real life gets in the way: Jobs, family, Monday Night Football, retail therapy, taking selfies on […]

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“Outrageous Fortune”: Why “Culture” In Business Matters.

[When companies get too successful to fast, this often happens...] Does this ever happen to you? A person that you’ve known forever, maybe since you were kids, suddenly becomes very wealthy? Winning the lottery , inheritance, bought out by Google, etc.? And then suddenly, it changes them? They start acting all weird? They suddenly get all […]

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pat kane: “no ‘occupation’ or ‘vocation’ or ‘craft’ or ‘sector’ is ever going to be stable and predictable ever again.”

["Nightmare", which I sent out in the newsletter recently. You can buy the print here etc.] [Today's guest blog post comes from Pat Kane.] “No ‘occupation’ or ‘vocation’ or ‘craft’ or ‘sector’ is ever going to be stable and predictable ever again.” The first phrase that came into my head considering the title ‘remember who […]

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be yourself. remembering what’s important.

[Today's guest post comes from BL Ochman.] Be Yourself. Remembering what’s important. By B.L. Ochman Three times in the past 10 years, I have faced down death. Once from illness, once by being hit by a car, and once running through the cloud of debris as the Towers fell on 9/11. Shoulda been dead each […]

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building bridges between aspiration and consummation

[Today’s guest post comes from Brian Solis, author of a new book that I’m currently reading, "Engage!"] Building Bridges Between Aspiration and Consummation Several years ago, I was re-introduced to a famous quote. While I had long forgotten the words, I believe that they had subconsciously inspired me. I was much younger when they initially […]

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you, less than

[Today's guest post comes from Pam Slim.] You, Less Than. I still remember the smell of damp ivy from a recent rain as I stood in the backyard, waiting for my Dad to take my picture. It was 1971 and I was five years old. I was wearing a brightly colored knit vest, a present […]

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“it’s not normal”

['Gun", which I sent out in the newsletter recently. You can buy the print here etc.] [Today's guest blog post comes from JP Rangaswami.] It’s Not Normal Maybe it is a consequence of when I was born (1957) and where I grew up (Calcutta), but from a very young age I’ve believed in some things. […]

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“eventually, you need to start being you. and then– you need to get really good at it.”

["Echo Chamber", which I sent out in the newsletter recently. You can buy the print here etc.] [Today's guest post comes from Faris Yakob.] You never know what you’re going to be famous for. In the case of Polonius Lord Chamberlain to King Claudius in what is arguably the best known play in the world […]

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remember yourself

["Love Without Harmony". Part of The "Love" Series etc.] [Today's guest post comes from Mark McGuinness.] Remember Yourself “Remember yourself always and everywhere.” These words were inscribed on the walls of the study house of the Institute for the Harmonious Development of Man at the Château Le Prieuré, Fontainebleau-Avon, the home of the esoteric teacher […]

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are you a “waker”?

["I Choose This Life", which I sent out in the newsletter recently. You can buy the print here etc.] Are you a “Waker”? If the answer is no, I’m sorry to hear that. Wakers are my favorite people. A waker is someone who is very good at waking other people up from their metaphorical slumber. […]

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His work acknowledges the absurdity of workaday life, while also encouraging employees to respond with passion, creativity, and non-conformity...   MacLeod’s work is undeniably an improvement over the office schlock of yore. At its best, it’s more honest, and more cognizant of the entrepreneurial psyche, while still retaining some idealism.

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