If jobs were pointless…can you say, “meow?”

If jobs were pointless, what would you do? The question seems a little absurd, but the rapidly advancing capabilities of AI would seem to indicate that it is a very real, and not too distant, possibility. How would you occupy your time creatively? What would motivate you if working for a living we’re not longer …

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The Spirit of Ownership

In my professional career I have noticed that there are two types of people: those who approach everything as owners and those who face their life’s work as hirelings. The former develop habits that make them ideal candidates for actual ownership and they also tend to position themselves in relation to the opportunities that come …

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Short but Sweet

Sometimes the shortest conversations yield the most abundant harvests. I had two such conversations yesterday and it is my pleasure to give a snippet of each, along with my resultant realizations, in hopes that your lives are enriched in the sharing. The first conversation was with a woman who was filled with an infectious spirit …

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The Right Door

"You never know till you try to reach them how accessible men are; but you must approach each man by the right door." ~ Henry Ward Beecher Office dynamics are fascinating. Put a bunch of unrelated people together in a pressure cooker environment and you have a recipe for a complex blend of interpersonal relationships. …

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Labor with Purpose

"All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence." ~ Martin Luther King, Jr. One of my most important discoveries early in life was that doing work that uplifts humanity is more fulfilling than any other form of employment. Exactly what jobs and industries fall into that category …

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The Art of Manliness: The Secret of Great Men

If you are a guy who wishes he were more of a gentleman, I would highly encourage you to visit The Art of Manliness, an uncommonly rich online resource that aims to "reviv[e] the lost art of manliness." I have found it to be tremendously useful in my pursuit of ongoing refinement and I must …

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Mislabeled, Misbranded and Misunderstood

You have no doubt heard the stereotypes about the members of Generations X and Y, the large majority of them negative, condescending and mean-spirited. "They are lazy, undisciplined and unprofessional." Or perhaps "they are self-absorbed, incapable of making decisions and unmotivated." While I am sure that many younger people fit the stereotype, many that I …

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What’s new?

A friend of mine likes to ask "What's new" when he sees someone for the first time each day. I've noticed that most people answer "nothing much" or "same old same old" and rarely do they elaborate on what is actually new in their lives. Whether or not the question is intended to be rhetorical …

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Labor and Rest

I've observed over the years that people tend to be happiest when they are being productive. That said, the balance between labor and rest is one that strikes me as particularly important. This balance is an elusive one as most people who are productive tend to be "go-getters" or "Type A" personalities, famous for their …

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