Jon Acuff’s WDS Keynote – 3 Vital Takeaways

Last weekend, Chris Guillebeau’s WDS conference welcomed 3,000 global citizens living remarkable lives in a conventional world to downtown Portland, Oregon.

World records were made. Ideas, insight and inspiration were shared. (And, I’m now on a first name basis with Bacon. So…success.)

Perspective changing thinkers, doers, leaders, writers, digital media outlaws, magicians, founders and entrepreneurs all gave the participants much to consider.

Here are my favorite takeaways from Saturday morning’s first keynote speaker, best-selling author, Jon Acuff.

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Two Questions You Must Answer Today

How you answer two simple questions will lead you down two very different paths in your career.

The first path is filled with growth, clarity and fulfillment.
The second path is a thorn-filled trail of misused time and energy.

1) Is there someone (at work or school) who encourages your development? 

2) Do you have the opportunity to do what you do best every day?

If you can’t answer yes to either question, that’s ok—for now.

You’re not alone. Millions of people can’t answer yes to both questions.

As Gallup Executive Director Brandon Busteed demonstrates in his commencement speech at Augustana College, getting these questions right is crucial to your success.

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“Pretty Good Syndrome” – First You Have to Diagnose It. Then You Have to Kill It.

I could tweet out my margin notes from the first 100 pages of “The Choose Yourself Guide to Wealth”, but it would take a really long time and my Twitter hand would shrivel up into a gnarly case of de Quervain’s tendinitis.

So, if you’re not yet familiar with James Altucher, you need to change that.

There are few modern writers who will challenge your old ways of thinking and spur you to improved outcomes better than Altucher.

Discover if you’ve caught a dangerous strain of “Pretty Good Syndrome” and how his latest can help you begin to cure yourself…

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Mastering the Light Saber — Why You Need a Coach [1 of 3 Part Series]

Socrates coached Plato. Plato coached Aristotle. Obi-Wan coached Luke.

The first two helped invent western philosophy. The third rocked a sweet brown hoodie, was a legendary Jedi Master and mentored the peace keeper of the galaxy, ‘ol Luke Skywalker.

So, stop and think: Who is your trusted sounding board on these important decisions? Who is helping you grow and focus your talents and abilities?

Who’s your Obi-Wan?

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2015–The Year Talent Management Strategy Changes

If best-selling talent specialist Marcus Buckingham and HR thought leader Jason Averbook prevail, talent management will look very different and vastly improved compared to 2014.

In a recent thought-provoking webinar (now posted for all here), Buckingham and Averbook urged viewers to get ahead of five key fast-moving trends to better engage their organization’s talent. Not only are these trends currently changing the talent management landscape, they are rapidly evolving as well:

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True Wellbeing Requires Attention to Five Key Elements

Is your career on fire? Congratulations, but you’re still only one out of five…

What about your social life, physical fitness, financial stability or engagement with your local community?

Do people mistake your beach body for Shawn T of Insanity workout fame? Cool…

However, do you actually enjoy what you do every day, have solid, meaningful relationships and properly manage your finances?

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