TCU Legend LaDainian Tomlinson: Success Secrets in Work and Life

What are the secret ingredients to a successful personal and professional life? How do we cut through the noise and the naysayers to stay focused on our goals?

LaDainian Tomlinson, TCU Hall of Famer and the NFL’s 5th all-time leading rusher, spoke to the TCU Alumni Association in Dallas on Friday.

Here are just a few key insights from LT’s Q&A:

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How Dan Ariely Turned Tragedy Into Discovery

The Fire and The Aftermath
At 17, Dan Ariely, Duke Psychology professor and best-selling author, was badly injured in a magnesium fire at a graduation ceremony in Israel. 70% of his body was covered with burns.

As anyone can imagine, severe burn rehabilitation treatment is intensely painful. The process involves enduring a daily soaking bath, removal of bandages and the excruciating scraping away of the patient’s dead skin.

Was there any way for this young student to achieve some sort of respite and distraction from the agonizing treatments?

The daily bandage removal was torture. Why did the nurses have to so rapidly rip the bandages from his wounded body?

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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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New Year’s Resolutions: “Yes, No or Absolutely Not?…”

Actually, how about “Absolutely, Yes.”

Think of it this way. If you can commit to making it through a month or two doing something to improve your life, why not? As we know, studies show fulfilling a resolution for an entire year is rarely achieved. An entire year is definitely a big commitment.

However…if you pick one or two goals and achieve those goals through, say, the end of February, you’ve lived a better life for 1/6 of your year! Sounds a bit less daunting now, right? 16.67% of your year gets you through February. Easy.

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Jason McElwain Story (2:27)

This clip never gets old. What a moment. Guts + Tenacity = Victory. Have an amazing Thursday.

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3 Things I Learned from the Timely Life of Aaron Dennison

The ingenuity and cleverness of our forefathers and foremothers never ceases to amaze.

Aaron Lufkin Dennison, one of our many ground-breaking American pioneers, was recently highlighted on Steven Johnson’s super cool show, “How We Got To Now.” Dennison’s ability to see two different things and combine them with a slight twist is an excellent example for all who create and innovate.

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Is Your Life a Tinder Fire, a Campfire or a Bonfire?

It’s been said that someone who doesn’t read might as well be illiterate—he’s no better off than the man who can’t.

In the same way, neglecting your natural talents denies your friends, family, colleagues and, most importantly, yourself, from achieving your full potential.

Let’s break this down.

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