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10
Oct

Shin Lin, the magician who won America’s Got Talent this year, so perfected his craft that he made me believe in magic. It was extreme dedication on display… an obsession with extraordinary results. When UC Berkeley professor Morton Hansen extensively researched the behaviors of top performers, he discovered that they: have fewer goals, and obsess like […]

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27
Sep

When asked about her success as a 30-year journalist and international reporter, Christiane Amanpour reflected, “I report the news without fear or favor.” She was echoing Adolph S. Ochs who, in 1896 upon assuming control of The New York Times, declared in the editorial page: “It will be my earnest aim that The New York Times… […]

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20
Sep

According to University of Maryland Professor Robert Povine’s research on laughter, the higher up on a group’s hierarchy, the less we laugh. In other words, leaders don’t laugh much. But we should and here’s why… Povine’s research reveals that laughter is not about humor. It’s about social bonding. We bond when we laugh together. Studies […]

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13
Sep

Jerk. That’s how I described the New Cashier when I left the store. He couldn’t help me, didn’t try, and was rude. When I returned the next day, I made a snide comment about the Jerk to my Favorite Cashier who said, “Oh! That’s Sam. This is his first job out of college. He’s a […]

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06
Sep

Every September on my birthday, I purposely reflect on my past year: adventures, accomplishments, challenges, disappointments, joys, and relationships. Management guru Peter Drucker would have approved, “Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action.” Sports teams review footage of their games. Actors watch their performances. Artists step […]

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30
Aug

Ted Murphy, founder of marketing software company IZEA, was interviewed recently for an INC Magazine article on how to push yourself to the next level. His advice? Streak Running. Murphy runs 1 mile every day, rain or shine. Murphy reflects, “I’ve been Streak Running since 2015… 1,200 days straight. Streak Running creates a psychological bond […]

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16
Aug

I just completed my Banff to Yellowstone bike ride: 13 days on a bike cycling over 800 miles and climbing over 28,000 feet of mountains. The scenery was stunning. The Canadian Rockies were incredible. Montana was breathtaking. Crossing the Continental Divide on a bike was a literal and figurative high. Upon reflection, the secret to […]

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