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Double Your Income Now!

I stopped in to see my friend the other morning. He owns a little shop in the downtown where I live. He seemed rushed and reluctant to shoot the shit with me. Usually he welcomed me into his shop and and we would sit and b.s. until the first customer had to knock on...

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Never Go Back To Work After Vacation

The worst part of vacation is returning and heading back to work. I just listened to the audiobook, Vagabonding by Rolf Potts. It's a philosophy book disguised as a travel book.  As I drove my family to spend a week in Chicago I listened as Potts described...

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Make Starving A Game

So, I've been eating a Vegan Diet for the last week now. It's a little difficult and it requires thought. And that's why I love it. I used to work for a guy who was on a diet so restrictive that it actually made the dieter's body temperature drop a couple...

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Need Motivation? Write Your Own Obituary!

A great story about artist's motivation comes from the life of the artist Salvador Dali... or, maybe it was some other genius. Really doesn't matter - we'll just say it was Dali.  It seems that, in his family, Salvador was actually Salvador #2.  Salvador...

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Caring

Sitting in a Chicago cafe looking out the window at a young man sweeping the sidewalk. He's getting each and every tiny piece of trash and cigarette butt out of each crack with his small, black broom to get every tiny crumb and fragment of paper. I'm impressed by both...

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Finalizing a Rough Draft Life

It occurred to me that I'm a Rough Draft guy than a Final Draft type. I'm someone who prefers thinking of himself as an idea guy, a concept person but who has trouble digging down to the details. For example, I've come back to edit this post and others months after I...

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Sitting Sucks: Redefine Your Sitting Solution

Sitting: Finding a Healthy Alternative So, while we're rethinking how the world fits us and how we fit the world, let's get real basic. Many of us make a living sitting in front of a computer and now that the medical experts of the world have determined that the...

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Your Mornings Are Yours: Take ’em Back.

I have successfully taken back my mornings. Now, I don’t mean I’ve taken them back in a Tim Ferriss kind of way. Shit, I haven’t organized my mornings! But I do own them again. What that means is that no one tells me where to be or when to be there in the morning. It...

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Time Management: Balance Goals with Down Time

Short Term Goals and Down Time Make for a Happy, Productive Worker "A project or task will expand to fill the time allotted to complete it." That's one version of Parkinson's Law. It is routinely stated in ways to suggest that bureaucracies, job scopes, tasks -...

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7 Things to Do Other than Waiting

If you’re like me you hate waiting. You’ve taken some action on the notion that had been simmering in your head. You made your move. You put it out there. You put the project proposal in the mail. You’ve finally scribbled the last item on the to-do list. You hung up...

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When Your Kid Teaches You To Follow Your Bliss

Follow Your Bliss Like a Kid I like to think of myself as the kind of guy who’s all about "follow your bliss" and open to other people’s crazy dreams. In fact, I would go so far as to say that I like to think that I sometimes relish creating awkward-feeling situations...

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A Blog About How to Achieve Work Life Balance

Achieving Work-Life Balance: Changing Lifestyle and Perspective The quest for work life balance begins by looking around and wondering: When are my work and life going more accurately reflect the ideas I have in my head? Is this much of my Life really supposed to be...

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My Morning Routine, Productivity Be Damned

The Morning Routine I Just Discovered I Have Tim Ferriss and Pat Flynn (two of my favorite podcasters) agree of the importance of the morning routine. Productivity begins in the morning and your routine sets the tone for your day in many ways: nutrition, exercise,...

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Paying Taxes is Patriotic

I paid my taxes yesterday - yes, right on Tax Day. I owed a lot this year and had to write big checks from a bank account that is now pretty much depleted. And I know there are a lot of people, many of my friends among them, who would expect me to come over to their...

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Wanderlust: Follow Your Bliss… again and again

Follow Your Bliss? What Bliss? Through his books Joseph Campbell told me: “follow your bliss.” Some complain that they don’t know what their bliss is. I would suspect that most of us have a thousand things that we could love to pursue; it’s just a matter of focusing...

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Be a Hack not an Expert

I like to do a little of this and a little of that. Not too much of any one thing. I'm curious about and interested in a lot of things - in grade school they labeled this “easily distracted” these days I might be medicated. I dreamed of a lifestyle where I wouldn’t...

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Deaths Waiting Room

I have an elderly friend who lately every time I see him is complaining about getting older. He doesn't complain in the lighthearted way that people usually complain about getting older. He seems genuinely troubled by where he is and even more so by where he's going....

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The Space Between The Notes: The Pause Principle

Whatever path you choose, you will eventually hit a wall. Artists and writers know these obstacles and they call them “blocks.” Our natural inclination when we’re being blocked is to push against, to assault, to throw all our weight against these perceived barriers....

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Wanting What You Have

The transitions we're aiming for can ultimately be summed up in one word, right? Happiness. We are trying to scratch an elusive itch. Contentment might be another word for it.  Enjoyment of life or even Fun might be other ways to put it. The most important and...

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