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    Using the SDP Scale to Evaluate Yourself and Others

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    There are no simple tests to know when you will be successful at something. However, there are a few factors that can be applied to create what I call the SDP Scale that may help you get a better feel for what will likely lead to success.

    The SDP Scale

    It’s simple in it’s elegance, …

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    Is Someone Getting the Best of You?

    Every day we wake up we have a choice. We can choose to plod through the day or not. We can choose to go thru the motions or not. We can choose to do our best work or not. I tend to fall into the last point here. Sure, there are days when you are tired and things …

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    Comparing The Perfect Option to The Best Option

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    Can you afford perfection? Do you need to?

    I was talking with someone the other day and they said the following: Too many people want to hold out for The Perfect Option and they never finish. Instead they should be focusing on The Best Option. Where they can get something done and move on to the …

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    Networking just to Network does NOT make Sense

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    Why do you show up for social events? Peer pressure, because your boss or friend told you to, or just because there was an event. If you answered yes to any of these you may be doing it wrong.

    Networking for the sake of networking does not make sense. Going to events is fine, but …

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    Three Words About Your Future: Responsible, Respectful and Realistic

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    Incoming freshmen. Heed these words.

    Why?

    Career, Contacts and Optics. More on these later, but keep in mind that the way you handle yourself will define your current and future success.

    Of course, this likely does not come as a surprise to most people.

    I had the privilege and pleasure of dropping off our son …

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    You Can’t Control How Lucky You Are

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    You can’t control where you were born. You can’t control when you were born. You also can’t control what natural intelligence you are born with. However, there are some things you CAN control. You can control how hard you work.

    You Can’t Control How Lucky You Are

    There is a common line of thinking that …

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    What Stand Up Paddling can Teach us about Business

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    Summer is winding down… at least in the Northern Hemisphere. Did you get to try Stand Up Paddle boarding this summer? Or as it’s also known SUP. Did you see anyone out SUP’ing on any of the local waterways near you? If you did perhaps you thought about a few ways that Stand Up Paddle boarding aligns and …

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    One Simple Tip to Make it Easier to Engage

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    I don’t know about you, but there are times when I just want to pick up the phone and call someone. Just today I wanted to call a colleague to do a quick check-in on something. But, I was stopped dead in my tracks.

    What Stopped Me?

    It was something simple. Something so easy to …

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    What We Can Learn from The LLWS

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    For the past two weeks the Little League World Series (LLWS) has been going on in Williamsport, PA. For those that missed it I will not spoil it for you.  You can get all the stats here. Like with every LLWS there are a few breakout teams and a few breakout stars that really make the event …

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    Take Ten Minutes a Day to do NOTHING

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    Most people start the day running in high gear and they never let up until the end of the day. Sometimes not even then. Their brains are still going 100 miles an hour as they try and get some sleep just so they can do it all over again the next day.

    That’s not a good …

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