Strength Comes from Overcoming Challenges

I believe confidence comes from overcoming challenges. I developed this as a core belief while training in and teaching jujitsu. I noticed a lot of new students came seeking to learn jujitsu, but couldn’t perform techniques right away and quit within a few weeks. They were embarrassed by their perceived failure. Some, however, stuck with

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If Aristotle Ran General Motors

Centuries ago, Aristotle wrote about the four transcendent virtues — Truth, Beauty, Goodness and Unity. He said these virtues were necessary to achieve good for the individual and society. Author Tom Morris put Aristotle’s philosophies to the test in his book, “If Aristotle Ran General Motors” to see if these four transcendent virtues can be applied to our business world today. Morris claims that

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The Path of Least Resistance — It’s Downhill

I often see people follow the “easy” path in life.  The “path of least resistance.” They avoid hard work. They avoid responsibility. They get by doing as little as they possibly can in every situation. They may survive for a while.  They may fool people for a while.  They may charm people for a while. 

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Encouraging “Flow”

We all have a lot on our plates these days. Email, cell phones, texts, instant messages, Tweets, and Facebook, all allow constant and instant access to us.  This is supposed to increase production, and it does, at times. It also dramatically decreases production on items that require concentration, focus and time to solve issues.  It

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If You Are The Smartest Person in the Room … Find a New Room

“If you’re the smartest person in the room … find a new room.” I heard this saying the other day, and it brought a smile to my face.  It illustrates the thought process of a person that will have success in life. Successful and strong people crave and seek out other strong people.  They want

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Evolutionary Change vs. Revolutionary Change

I often talk about Evolutionary change vs. Revolutionary change. All products and companies need to change to survive. They need to get better, cheaper and faster at what they already do today. An effective company develops ways to evolve over time.  Your competition is also evolving.  They do not sit around and do nothing, as much

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Entitlement in Society (Part 3): Diminishes Quality of Life

“From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs,” a slogan Karl Marx popularized.  This is not a new enlightened idea; it’s the basis of communist philosophy.  It sounds almost identical to what I am hearing in the CNN article “Are Jobs Obsolete?” , which prompted this three part blog series. It’s

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