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Holding your happiness hostage

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Over the years, I’ve told a lot of friends that I want to write books. I always viewed it as this privileged achievement that I would work my way up to. First, I generate a strong economic engine in my business, which will afford me more time and space, and THAT was when I could write my first book. And …

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Making commitments

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One of the best books I’ve read over the last few years is James Clear’s Atomic Habits. It really struck a chord too – it sold over 1 million copies and was on the New York Times Best Seller list for 12 straight months. I think one of the more subtle reasons it really struck a chord is our desire for …

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Make something remarkable

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I’ve invested a LOT of time into making stuff over the last three years. I’ve produced somewhere north of 500 published articles, 150 podcast episodes, a documentary, and however you want to quantify what I’ve put out on social media. But, naturally, I’ll look at that time investment  from time to time and wonder, “What was that all for?” Look, …

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Decision-making and way-finding

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Decision-making has always been a core part of conversation within the Unreal Collective Accelerator – and that’s only become more evident over the last several weeks. During uncertain times, each decision comes with more weight. The stakes feel higher, we ask more questions, and we waffle a lot more. I think we assign too much weight to decisions.  We tell ourselves …

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Asset, Boundary, Narrative Analysis

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When I quit my job a few years ago, one of the first things I did was invest in Seth Godin’s altMBA program. It was a good experience, but a couple of lessons really stand the test of time. One of those lessons and exercises is what he called an “Asset, Boundary, Narrative (ABN) Analysis.” Sounds like some boring homework …

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The difference between a cocktail and running shoes

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My knees hurt. I’m not a doctor, but I’d guess that it’s a combination of my age, the extra few pounds I’ve packed on this winter, and my running shoes. I’ve been thinking about buying new running shoes for months. A friend of mine once told me, “Don’t be cheap on anything that comes between you and the ground.” He …

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Climb your own mountain

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This week I met with incoming members of the Unreal Collective Accelerator and worked through 1-on-1 roadmapping exercises for our 12 weeks together. In one of those conversations, my client told me that he already has enough work committed throughout the year to be more than comfortable financially, so he was thinking about what comes next. He went on to …

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How to solve a puzzle

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Ever since Mallory and I visited Joshua Tree back in November, we’ve gotten more interested in puzzles – and I’m talking about literal jigsaw puzzles. Over Christmas, we picked out a 1000-piece puzzle and were pretty quickly overwhelmed. When you first look at the box and you see the photo, you think, “Oh wow this is going to be fun!” …