A Good One

In a conversation with a colleague, we discussed the possibilities of moving to a different position within the organization. The new position is potentially cut-throat and very political. Like crabs in a bucket, the ones in this job don’t care about climbing over their workmates to get to the top. In the words of my […]

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Good, not Perfect

In his book Open, Andre Agassi wrote about the time he struggled the most on the tennis court. Trying to be perfect, he realized he was making more mistakes. It was not until he finally let go of trying to be perfect and instead concentrated on being good, that he found his greatest success. Cleanthes, […]

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Three Simple Things for Fulfillment

What does it mean to do the useful thing? This is the thing that needs to be done. It is the thing that will in some way, shape, or form add value to your life or the lives of those around you. It is not always pleasant, but it is useful. And in truth, that […]

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Developed in Darkness

Who are you when you are by yourself? When nobody’s looking, are you the same person? In times past, only villains wore masks. Today, almost everybody has one on. The masks hide our identities. But in truth, they really show us who we are. Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. […]

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Seek to Understand

Yes indeed, I am going to Bob Dylan for a little insight into justice. Making snap judgments is almost natural. From an intuition standpoint, it may even be evolutionary. But is it always right? A predisposition based on upbringing, cultural norms, and the popular opinion of others is probably even less correct. The easy way […]

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What Is Right and Important

Disciplining yourself to do what you know is right and important… Maybe it is a part of our nature. It could be innate or just developed over the course of our early years. Heck, it might have even been a consequence of our ancestors eating the fruit from the tree of good and evil. We […]

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When Nobody’s Looking

1984. Big Brother is always watching. Back in 1949 when George Orwell wrote this, it was really science fiction. Now this fiction has become reality. Can you go anywhere without being seen, noticed, or recorded? Between your phone, the satellites, and anybody else looking to make a viral video, there is a chance you are […]

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The Crowd You Run With

Consider for a moment the people you spend the most time with. Are they elevating you, holding you down, or is it completely neutral? Now consider these words from Jim Rohn: You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with. Are you averaging up or are you averaging down? The […]

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Do It Now, Not Tomorrow

What are the things we put off? You know, the things we know we should do just not right now. Exercise Eat better Read Study Clean up If you think about it, this list for some of us could go on forever. So many things that we should do and can do, but we put […]

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Strive For Good

We try and we fail to: Stop making bad choices Stop being lazy Stop being dishonest Stop giving up when times are tough Stop being unfaithful Stop being pessimistic Stop being so selfish It could be that our approach is wrong. Rather than trying to stop all the bad things we’re doing, and then beating […]

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