Why The Routine?

Something strange happens through repetition.  Something hidden breaks free.  We know there is magic in ordinary, simple, everyday things.  The first time a child learns that what he sees and hears and experiences, every day, is an illusion containing deeper mysteries, is when he discovers the strangeness of his own name. One day, for no…

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How To Beat Anxiety

The only thing I can control is how hard I work at something I believe is good. After law school a lawyer I know told me studying was a great stress reliever.  I’m sorry, what?  I was prepping for the California bar exam.  Wouldn’t half a day of Seinfeld reruns be a better stress reliever? …

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Good Fiction Is More Important Than Ever

This time it’s different.  The next time you think you’ve been here before, remember that you haven’t.  It’s different this time.  This goes whether you are satisfied or disappointed to be where you are.  Maybe you are making a career move, or facing illness, or losing something important, or gaining something wonderful, or whatever is…

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Maybe This Is True

“If change happens easily, it’s easily undone.  This is good when it is good and bad when it is bad.” “Health should not be squandered.  Each day of health is a gift to be taken advantage of.  If you don’t extend your line of battle on good days what will you do on bad ones?”…

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God Fearing

It is one thing to tell a story.  It is another thing for anyone to listen to your story.  Telling true stories is when you hold up a mirror to your audience.  How then do we discover truth?  How are discoveries made?; the same way Columbus made them; with experimentation, exploration, and innovation (in business). …

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Stealing Fear

Your work needs a theme.  So find your fear.  This is hard.  Find out what you’re afraid of then dramatize that.  That is your theme. If you can’t think of one steal one until it’s yours now. Fear is one thing.  Identifying that fear is another.  Clarify and solidify a few fears and then dramatize…

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“Follow Your Bliss”

Winter is back.  I remember the 90’s and the camo jump-suits that served as our second skin.  We were rarely outside without one.  The idea was to read the temperature and then get dressed for that level of cold.  Then put a jump-suit over that as you head out the door. They had the old…

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Believe In The Experiment

Believe In The Experiment A baby was born out of wedlock in the Caribbean.  To the child everything was interesting.  The child became a restless young adult.  The young man, in his early teens, was the type of employee business people dream of; always figuring out ways to make things operate more smoothly; never reaching…

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Your Authentic Self

Your Authentic Self Stories create and lose unimaginable wealth.  Stories start, fight, win, and lose wars.  Stories build and destroy whole cultures.  Stories inspire, and stories heal.  How can I learn the art of story? Copy The Pros In James Mitchener’s book “Poland” he recounts that nation’s birth.  Births are necessarily painful, in all forms….

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It’s Jerry’s World

It’s Jerry’s World Rare people make incredibly difficult things look incredibly easy.  In one episode, Seinfeld attempts to impugn an entire continent, with utter impunity.  And he pulls it off; makes it look easy. Jerry Seinfeld was being interviewed on stage last week.  They asked him if anything like “Seinfeld” could ever happen again.  Would…

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