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The Seeker and The Servant

“Becoming is a lifelong quest,” the leader said. “We are imperfect beings but the wisdom that is revealed in the very act of service can guide us toward life’s sunset, with great power in our hands and peace in our hearts. This is The Ultimate Truth.”

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Staying Positive in a Negative World
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Staying Positive in a Negative World

Our planet is populated with both bad and good people. Our job is to do what we can to bring those in darkness into the light. Ben Ferencz shows us that taking whatever action we can to alleviate suffering is the most powerful way to stay positive in a negative world.

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How to be Indispensable

Deconstruct every great achievement and you will find a linchpin at the center; that one indispensable person with the vision and the skills to make the dream real. Many of their names are familiar. Warren Buffett, Oprah Winfrey, Elon Musk and Melinda Gates are household names. But every undertaking, no matter how big or small has a linchpin. It’s true…

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The Trouble With Paradigms

A paradigm can either protect us from harm or blind us to danger. Re-validating that which we believe to be true is the only way to know the difference. Our paradigms are built on points of pain and pleasure that inject our minds with assumptions. And we know what can happen when we assume. Take the difficult conversation going on…

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Outsmarting Artificial Intelligence
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Outsmarting Artificial Intelligence

As artificial intelligence becomes more deeply embedded in our daily life will it outsmart us? Only if we let it. “AI” – Artificial Intelligence is the concept of creating a machine that is smart enough to think and act like a human being. We’ve seen it on screen thanks to the intelligent mind of Steven Spielberg. It’s invading our homes…

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The Stockdale Paradox
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Monday Motivator: The Stockdale Paradox

By Scott Westerman Deal directly with your current unpleasant reality but never lose faith that you will prevail. This is the essence of the Stockdale Paradox. It can change your life. Whenever I get the chance to lead a new team, the first book I share with them is Jim Collins’ “Good to Great”. In it, Jim and his gifted…

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Monday Motivator: Lessons and Learnings

5 years ago, I wrote “The Last Monday Motivator“. Today, I’m back in the saddle again with some learnings and lessons.. In the interim a lot has changed. People are more addicted than ever to our devices, the Internet, to Netflix, to Facebook. The list of things competing for our time and attention is a long one. A year ago,…

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Resolutions I’ll try to keep

Sydney J. Harris wrote for the Chicago Daily News and, later, the Chicago Sun-Times. He also authored 11 books and a syndicated column, Strictly Personal, that was regular reading for me when I was growing up. In 1980, he penned a New Year’s message focusing on those resolutions we love to make and so easily break. My friend, Russ White,…

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Doing things for the right reasons

By Scott Westerman “Always question your motivation. Why you decide to do something is much more important than what you ultimately do.” What are the factors that impact the decisions you make in life? Are you in pursuit of purpose or personal glory? This has been on my mind lately as I’ve witnessed several incidents where chasing status and ego…

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When it’s time for a change..

By Scott Westerman “The Only Thing That Is Constant Is Change” ~Heraclituse  It’s impossible to stay in your comfort zone long without getting uncomfortable. Watch a satellite image of the inexorable progression of the weather across our continent and you begin to get a sense for the truth in the old saying that the only constant is change. Resist it…

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