The psychology of suffering…

“We must learn to reawaken and keep ourselves awake,” Henry David Thoreau wrote in contemplating what it really means to be awake, adding: “Only one in a million is awake enough for effective intellectual exertion, only one in a hundred million to a poetic or divine life.” That’s what legendary philosopher and founding father of modern psychology William James (JanuaryContinue reading “The psychology of suffering…”

Have you become pinned beneath the boulder of your own reputation?

This is not an original thought but then if you read BIG MAGIC by Elizabeth Gilbert you will realize that two or more of us can in fact have the same thought/discovery what scientists call multiple discovery – a term used whenever two or more scientists in different parts of the world come up withContinue reading “Have you become pinned beneath the boulder of your own reputation?”

What Are You Willing to Risk?

Have you ever planned something – visualized exactly how it was going to unfold and then experience something totally beyond your control? That’s how it was for me when I met Arnold Best. We were meeting at half past one at Rituals in St. Ann’s. I got there about quarter after to settle myself andContinue reading “What Are You Willing to Risk?”

Putting Greater Emphasis on Self-examination vs Self-celebration

This graphic by Hugh MacLeod got me thinking. ( I love receiving Hugh’s emails. They always make me think. If you want to see what I mean, check out his blog here.) With this image Hugh talked about the trouble with success…it was exhausting. The he said… But we put on a brave face anyway, andContinue reading “Putting Greater Emphasis on Self-examination vs Self-celebration”

The Real Story of How Good Ideas Become Great Businesses

The archetype of the solo genius is so pervasive in the way people talk about and think about extraordinary success that it obscures the real story of how good ideas become great businesses. – The Self Made Billionaire Effect by John Sviokla and Mitch Cohen. When contemplating the lives of those we consider successful, weContinue reading “The Real Story of How Good Ideas Become Great Businesses”

The Importance of Developing Inspirational Dissatisfaction

Life is short. And uncertain. It is like a drop of water skittering around on a lotus leaf. You never know when it will drop off the edge and disappear. So each day is far too precious to waste. And each day that you are not radiantly alive and brimming with cheer is a day wasted.

Sprinkles Are For Winners

I love this advertisement. Every time I see it I always laugh BUT it also serves as a gentle reminder that I should not just settle for good if I could do better! The vast majority of us today rarely achieve better than mediocrity.  We would all love to be wildly successful yet 80% ofContinue reading “Sprinkles Are For Winners”

You Will NEVER Succeed If….

First things first: how would you describe success? What needs to be happen for you to feel successful or feel like a success? Believe it or not, much of the potential for success in your life depends upon two things: Your ability to effectively function physically, mentally, and emotionally and How well you balance whereContinue reading “You Will NEVER Succeed If….”

It’s So Important to Acknowledge and Celebrate Your Progress

In his book “Daily Readings for your Best Life Now”, Joel Osteen talks about a famous mountain climbing resort in the Swiss Alps, catering to businesses that encourage their employees to hike up the mountains and trails together. The goal is to build camaraderie and to teach teamwork. Although it is about an eight-hour trekContinue reading “It’s So Important to Acknowledge and Celebrate Your Progress”