Overcoming the Inertia of Human Nature

If it is true that history repeats itself and there is nothing new under the sun, why then do you insist on judging your circumstances and others? Can you simply observe without interpolating, comparing, drawing conclusions, or asking yourself “How can I get the most out of this?” Can you watch and listen objectively, act …

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Borrowed Greatness

In a world governed by men who are naked and ashamed, success is measured by material prosperity, physical prowess, and the size of one’s tribe. Rather than valuing that which distinguishes him in the natural world – his ability to perfect reason and embody virtue – his highest aim is to accumulate the trappings of …

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Getting Back to Why

I shared a fabulous TED talk given by Simon Sinek in one of my meetings earlier this week and I wanted to make sure that you had a chance to hear it too. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LeAkYuMDVGY Purpose is inextricably linked to fulfillment. Lose sight of the first and you'll lose out on the second. "Make your work …

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Refiner’s Fire

If you're anything like me you've cherished the opportunity to be in the company of those people who by means of their very presence compel refinement. You've no doubt encountered such people, that is, those who carry about them an inspiriting atmosphere which acts as a refiner's fire as you draw near unto them. The …

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Duty-First

"The things that will destroy America are prosperity-at-any-price, peace-at-any-price, safety-first instead of duty-first, the love of soft living, and the get-rich-quick theory of life." - Theodore Roosevelt Call it a midwestern bias, but to my mind the most important quality of the American spirit is the notion of "duty-first." Moreover, the degree to which an …

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Souls of Deep Thinkers

The Ocean's Song by Victor Hugo We walked amongst the ruins famed in story  Of Rozel-Tower,  And saw the boundless waters stretch in glory  And heave in power.  O Ocean vast! We heard thy song with wonder,  Whilst waves marked time.  "Appear, O Truth!" thou sang'st with tone of thunder,  "And shine sublime!" The world's …

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