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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3 More James Altucher Tips to Choose Yourself and Boost Your Wellbeing

A few weeks ago, we mashed-up James Altucher’s “Choose Yourself” mindset with Tom Rath’s jarring research about our tragicomically low levels of wellbeing. (Rewind here.)

Rath diagnoses our wellbeing which needs improvement. Altucher offers a vaccine.

Read on for three more key takeaways from the middle third of Altucher’s “Choose Yourself Guide to Wealth.”

Improving your physical, financial, social, community and career wellbeing may depend on it.

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A Good Coach Is Your Secret Weapon [3 of 3 Part Series]

We know from our previous two posts that a good coach helps you discover, grow and focus your natural talents (H/t Obi Wan). A good coach is also a powerful sounding board for helping you assess where you are and how you will achieve your goals (H/t Angelo Dundee).

Put another way, a coach brings out the best in you in different ways–partly internal and partly external.

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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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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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College Football Season is Finally Here. What’s Your Home Field Advantage?

Saturday + Fall = College Football
Bring on the tailgating, rivalries and College GameDay. The bands, fight songs, and pre-game rituals. The undergrads and alumni, the old timers and the new generation.

It’s football season.

Fans can’t wait to cheer on their team at their home stadium. Every big play is magnified by the thunderous applause and support of the home team’s fans. This psychological edge is no small thing. In fact, it’s a powerful advantage.

Question: Are you playing life on your home field? Let’s discuss.

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What do the double front somersault, Switch 720 and freestyle backflip have in common?

If you’re like me, any of these stunts would earn you a one-way ticket to six months in a full body cast, compliments of “questionable extreme sports decisions”.

Instead, you watch in amazement as skilled platform divers, skiers and motocross champs perform incredible athletic feats of balance and precision.

As Steven Kotler investigates in his book, “The Rise of the Superhuman,” most people viewed these feats as unattainable.

Impossible. Unachievable. Each trick was its own mythical Four-minute Mile.

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