“Used to Be” Isn’t a Plan for the Future

I used to be…a nuclear chemist, computer room technician, fitness center attendant, youth pastor, editor-in-chief, ghostwriter, medical school instructional technologist, etc. Those “used to be” stories, however, don’t have to define my future. In fact, those stories are simply ingredients in a future that is still under development. For as disconnected as those stories are,…

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What Would Einstein Say to You?

I’ve often wondered what it would have been like to have a conversation with Albert Einstein. Einstein didn’t view himself as a genius; he did, however, acknowledge his inquisitive persistence. Einstein stuck with problems long after other people gave up. He found solutions because he viewed failure as progress and the skepticism of others as…

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Clarity Wants You to Say “That’s Not What I Do”

“That’s not what I do.” Those words bounced around the room after I spoke them to a potential client. Immediately there was a feeling of “uh oh.” I placed a boundary around my services that I previously had resisted. I built a wall that separated my potential clients from those I wouldn’t help. Was this…

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Dreaming of Something More? Try This!

Most people I know dream of something more—more business, more time, more money, more margin, more friends, and so forth. Dreaming isn’t a bad idea. In fact, it’s a smart thing to do. However, just dreaming isn’t enough. In his book, Put Your Dream to the Test, John Maxwell said, “[Most people] possess a vague…

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You Can’t Make a Living in the Middle

Think for a moment about your area of expertise. You know you aren’t the only person who does what you do. Regardless of your niche, there are more people doing what you do than you realize. Some are big players. They get a lot of publicity. They are guests on podcasts. They deliver keynote presentations…

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What the Past Six Months Say About You

Six months down. Six months to go. Are you where you thought you’d be when the year began? Here’s what I know. I’m exactly where my thinking and actions brought me. I couldn’t have predicted everything that’s happened this year and I can’t predict what will happen in the months to come. But I can…

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