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Hard Work Needs Something Else

“Today is life – the only life you are sure of.  Make the most of today.  Get interested in something.  Shake yourself awake.  Develop a hobby.  Let the winds of enthusiasm sweep through you.  [...]

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Work Hard, Not Just Smart

“I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.” – Thomas Jefferson It wasn’t too long ago that this topic came up (read this), but it’s still relevant.  I was fortunate enough to [...]

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Getting Change Started

“Knowing is not enough; we must apply.  Willing is not enough; we must do.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe One of the most frustrating things about the world is the number of people who know what [...]

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You’re Driving the Car

“Destiny is a name often given in retrospect to choices that had dramatic consequences.” – J.K. Rowling I’ve had the opportunity recently to visit with a number of leaders who are nearing the end [...]

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Full Speed & Focused

“The unforgivable crime is soft hitting.  Do not hit at all if it can be avoided; but never hit softly.” – Theodore Roosevelt When I visit with leaders, rarely do I find them to be lacking in [...]

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What Are You Actually Doing?

“Make every detail perfect, and limit the number of details to perfect.” – Jack Dorsey It’s been mentioned in this space previously (here and here, for example) that focus is one of the most [...]

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Plan for the Unplanned

“Expecting life to treat you well because you are a good person is like expecting an angry bull not to charge because you are a vegetarian.” – Shari R. Barr Humans are interesting creatures.  [...]

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Fear Can’t Stop You

“Courage is the capacity to confront what can be imagined.” – Leo Rosten I spend most of my time with business leaders talking about the future. While every business or industry has some unique [...]

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Get Going

“A good plan implemented today is better than a perfect plan implemented tomorrow.” – George S. Patton One of the struggles of leading in today’s world is the feeling that you don’t always have [...]

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Don’t Tell Me How Hard You’re Working

“The extra mile is a vast, unpopulated wasteland.” – Jeff Haden Most people you meet like to talk about how hard they work. They talk about putting in a lot of hours, about their terrific work [...]