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    Improvisation Is The Thing

    I recently moved and as part of this effort I’ve become painfully aware of a few things.

    One — My tools are scattered.

    Two — The places I used store “stuff” no longer exist.

    Three — I need to create new shelves, workspaces, and mentally geocached locations.

    Although this was not the first time I’ve …

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    Pay Attention

    We’ve heard this since time immemorial.

    From the time we were in kindergarten and first grade all the way through college and into our professional careers.

    Pay Attention

    One of my favorite movies is “Inside Man” where the main character Dalton Russell, played by Clive Owen, says something near the end of the movie.

    He …

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    Yes, Education is The Way Forward

    No matter where you are in your career you know things.

    You actually know a lot more than you think.

    Sometimes we get down on ourselves for not knowing about X or Y or Z.

    The fact is that we know so many things that if we wrote them all down we’d be writing for …

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    No One Makes Time…

    How many times have you heard …

    Sorry, I just can’t find the time.

    Or, something like that.

    Guess What?

    No one finds time. No one makes time.

    You prioritize time.

    Show me your calendar and I’ll tell you what you prioritize

    This is an old adage that I believe becomes more and more true …

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    Are you a Body, a Brain or a Business Partner?

    When you are looking for a job you should know which one you want to be. Perhaps you are all three. In fact, most of us are.

    Perhaps you have been one or the other for much of your career. Think back to your first jobs … fast food, delivery services, retail store, etc. I’ve …

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    Just Answer The Question

    We all know that politicians are incapable of answering the question being asked.

    But, you don’t need to take your queues from politicians.

    Even if you ARE a politician you should seek to …

    Just Answer The Question

    Consider:

    When was the last time you answered the question that was asked of you?

    Think about …

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    Admit It… You NEED Help

    For some the very idea of asking for help is tantamount to admitting failure.

    Hint: It’s NOT!

    There is no shame in asking for help.

    Whether it’s asking for directions or asking for clarification.

    Just Ask!

    When you ask for help you will stand out in your career. People will know you take the time …

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    What FWP Are You Trying to Solve?

    Where FWP means First World Problem.

    If you aren’t solving a FWP you might be wasting your time.

    Sure, there are inventors and innovators out there making things you never knew you needed.

    Think iPod (and before that the Sony Walkman).

    But, for most people that are willing to spend their hard earned money they …

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    Why You Should Be Concerned About Time Famine

    The struggle is real.

    And, it’s getting worse every day.

    The struggle I’m talking about is … The battle with time.

    Time Famine noun. Across a society, a lack of free or leisure time. c2004 via Double-Tongued Dictionary

    Like Land … They’re Not Making Any More Time

    While this is not 100% true about land …

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    Why You Should Document Your Failures

    Do you do this today?

    Do you take the time to document your failures?

    Or, do you sweep past them?

    My recommendation … take the time!

    It’s not to memorialize them or make them part of your LinkedIn profile (but, they may be useful for interviews and mentoring). Rather, document your failures to learn from …

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