Nothing dumbs down and dampens creativity like wasting it in the pursuit of mediocrity. Attempt epic things that are so intoxicating they pull you toward them. It may or may not be work that changes the world, but it better change your state. It should bring you joy, ignite your passion, or bring you harmony.
No matter what field you’re in, there always seems to be a usual way of doing things, accepted practices, and conventional beliefs. But how often are conventional beliefs simply an excuse to avoid the really difficult work of critical thinking?
A lot of people ask me how I’m so successful with connecting with my tribe via social media. It’s a great question, because it lets us explore how useful social media can be – and how to utilize it without broadcasting endless pitches to people, but actually engage them and provide true value.
We often talk about the difference between management and leadership. So how about if you take it one level higher and stop trying to manage your time and start leading it?
Hard to believe I’m writing another post about an abusive professional athlete, but if you believe in living by the principles of prosperity, there are more serious issues to be talked about here. Namely our responsibility as an enlightened society, to protect those who are not able to protect themselves.
Every situation, no matter how negative or horrific, offers us learning lessons and teachable moments. The latest scandal about the Ray Rice elevator video is a case in point. But what I see from most of the media, public officials, and social media is missing the mark. People are talking about the length of the suspension, if and when the NFL saw the tape, and whether Roger Goodell should keep his job. I believe in all the rush to judgment, kneejerk reactions, and media exploitation of the situation, the real issues – the issues we should be talking about as a society – have been lost in the hysteria. So what are they?
Someone posts an ice bucket challenge video on their Facebook page to raise funds and awareness to fight ALS and you rebuke them because water is precious in Africa, question whether they spent two dollars buying the ice, or tell them they will rot and burn in hell because some research involves stem cells…
For most people and companies, the biggest obstacle they face is thinking it is safe to play it safe. And nothing could be further from the truth. The rules have changed, and playing things safe is actually the riskiest thing you can do today.
What makes a novel gripping, a blog post empowering, or puts the poetic in poetry?
People look to leaders because they want someone who challenges them to have a higher vision and strive to accomplish more, whether for themselves or a noble purpose. If the thing you endeavor to do doesn’t hurt a little, involve risk, or scare you – it’s probably not a goal worthy of you.