The Role of Fear in Success: Uncovering What We Need to Do

Eleanor Roosevelt said to do one thing every day that scares you. Tim Ferriss said a person’s success can usually be measured by the number of uncomfortable conversations he or she is willing to have. Some anonymous voice of the past or ancient idiom said that all growth happens outside of our comfort zones. You get my drift… The point is this: Fear, in its simplest form, is an insufficient reason not to do something. In fact, Fear is all the more reason to do it. Because that Fear you’re feeling means you have yet to master the task at … [Read more...]

How to Make Responsible Career Decisions (and Why It’s Not What You Think)

Let’s talk about responsibility for a minute… especially responsibility as it pertains to our careers, and the decisions we make. Because I believe that advice on what’s responsible or irresponsible gets thrown around a lot, and portrayed as truths rather than the guidelines they really are. I think the most in-your-face “truth” is that we should never leave our job without another job or source of income lined up; that it’s irresponsible. I’m not debating that this is good advice or that there are many circumstances where you should … [Read more...]

Three Personality Traits That Make Good Managers Great

Knowing your stuff is essential as a manager, but it won’t take you from good to great. Great management transcends competencies; it’s also about how you make your employees feel. Great managers have empathy. Empathy. Man, it’s so important. I could write a million posts on why I think empathy is one of the most critical traits to cultivate… not just in management but in Life. Empathy is a huge component of emotional intelligence, yet it’s an undervalued trait in fast-paced work environments. Unfortunately, most organizations will turn a … [Read more...]

Balinese Reggae in the Rain… A Lesson In Simplicity.

Buddharupa in Bali

“Yes, I could have reached the same conclusions without ever leaving Brazil, but just like Santiago, the Shepard boy in one of my books, sometimes you have to travel a long way to find what is near…” ~Paulo Coelho It was early November and I found myself in the fisherman’s village of Amed, Bali. Having just arrived in country, I felt fatigued but excited to be in an unknown place, and I had wandered to a local warung for a dinner of grilled fish. The tables were arranged neatly on an outdoor deck, and as I sat there in stillness I could … [Read more...]