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May 2022

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1: “If you get your visual on the whiteboard, it dominates the meeting,” comments Northwestern Professor Steve Franconeri in Esther Choi’s Let the Story Do the Work.

When we learn how to anchor our presentations with solid visuals, we dramatically increase our effectiveness as communicators.

As human beings, we all have five senses, but “more than 50 percent of the cortex, the surface of the brain, is devoted to … continue reading

Take a look around the next time when you go into a Starbucks. Everyone is seated at their table, looking at their phones. Their bodies are hunched over in the shape of a “C”.

Not good, says philosopher Brian Johnson. Our breath is a life force, he believes. This way of sitting constricts our breathing.  

Healthy cells need oxygen. Oxygen is cell fuel. When we compress our bodies, we … continue reading

“What is the ultimate quantification of success? For me, it’s not how much time you spend doing what you love. It’s how little time you spend doing what you hate.”

-Casey Neistat

1: Tony Caldwell was stressed and burned out at work.  

Tony had a knack for developing insurance agencies in the insurance distribution space. Like many entrepreneurs, he knew his business cold. Backward and forward. Inside and out.

And … continue reading

On April 1 of 2018, everything changed for Paul Heiss.

1: Paul is a successful entrepreneur. He is the founder of IBCC Industries, a metal casting company based in China that employs more than 700 people. “For decades, IBCC Industries has provided value to clients by turning scrap metal into parts for trucks, tractors, and highly engineered mechanical machinery,” write Dan Sullivan and Dr. Benjamin Hardy in Who Not How: continue reading

“These young guys are playing checkers. I’m out there playing chess,” NBA superstar Kobe Bryant once remarked.

1: Many of us are playing checkers, Dan Sullivan and Benjamin Hardy write in Who Not How: The Formula to Achieve Bigger Goals Through Accelerating Teamwork.

Why? Because when a new challenge or opportunity comes our way, we ask, “How?” As in: “How can I do this?”

A better approach? Learn to … continue reading

Lars Ulrich moved to Orange County, California, when he was a teenager.  “At the time, he was obsessed with the new wave of British heavy metal, which included bands like Saxon, Iron Maiden, and Def Leppard,” write Dan Sullivan and Dr. Benjamin Hardy in Who Not How: The Formula to Achieve Bigger Goals Through Accelerating Teamwork.

1: Lars wasn’t like the other kids at his high school.  “There were … continue reading

1: Tony Horton is the founder of the wildly popular P90X fitness series. He is one ultra-fit individual.

So, what are our assumptions about Tony? Number one: This guy obviously loves to work out.

Actually, he doesn’t.  

In fact, he tracks how he feels before starting his workout. He says, depending on the day, three different voices show up in his head:  

o 21% of the time, the voice says: … continue reading

1: Earlier this week, we looked at how General Charles De Gaulle, one man with courage, made a majority.

“It’s inspiring,” writes Ryan Holiday in Courage is Calling.  “It’s also dangerous.”

What if the person is wrong?  Or an egomaniac?  What if their cause isn’t just?  

“This is how despots are made and murderous regimes are built.  This is how religious sects become doomsday cults,” writes Ryan.  One person “can just … continue reading

“What keeps you up at night?” Marine Corps General James Mattis was once asked by a television reporter, Ryan Holiday recounts in Courage is Calling: Fortune Favors the Brave.

“I keep people awake at night,” he replied.  

1: That is the answer of every warrior.  Before and since.  “A philosophy of offense.  Of initiative.  Of intimidating the enemy rather than being intimidated, of striking fear—striking, period—rather than being struck by it,” writes Ryan.… continue reading

In June 1944, more than two million Allied troops landed in France. By August, Paris was liberated. “It had been four long years in the desert, a darkness endured into a bright dawn,” writes Ryan Holiday in Courage Is Calling: Fortune Favors the Brave.

1: “Paris! Paris outraged! Paris broken! Paris martyred! But Paris liberated!” proclaimed General Charles de Gaulle, the leader of the French resistance. Yesterday, … continue reading