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    How Making Toast can make you a Problem Solver


    Take 3 minutes and draw how you make toast.

    Grab a pen and paper and start drawing. Don’t use words. Just your artistic skills.

    Draw the steps you would use to make toast. Have some fun with it. For this initial 3 minute exercise do this solo. For the next time you do this consider …

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    Five Things about Business I’ve learned from Mountain Biking


    Even if you have never ridden a mountain bike I think these tips might be helpful to you.

    Pro Tip: If you have ever ridden a bike you can ride a mountain bike.

    Some might say, but it’s too hard or there might be obstacles that I won’t be able to navigate.

    Guess what? This …

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    What Got You Here Won’t Get You There


    It’s probably not a surprise to you that you need to keep learning throughout your entire life.

    While the mode and pace of learning will change over time it is critical to know how to learn, unlearn and relearn. As I wrote about in this post Unlearning Your Way to Success there is a need …

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    Is Barter Ready for a Comeback?


    Have you ever traded for something?

    Perhaps it was a stick of gum in elementary school.

    Perhaps it was for someone to mow your lawn or paint your house or perhaps do your homework.

    Barter is ready for a comeback.

    bar·ter  ˈbärdər/ The exchange (goods or services) for other goods or services without using money.…

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    The Only Three Words You Need to Know


    Imagine you had the perfect response to a pesky question right at the tip of your tongue.

    For example, when someone asks if you think you can start a business, run a marathon or win a lucrative contract?

    When a pesky question like this is made of you here are 3 simple words to put …

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    Unlearning Your Way to Success


    Quick – What’s the last thing you unlearned?

    It’s a hard thing to do.

    But you must try.

    Unlearning is a Critical Skill

    Just as learning is a critical skill it is also important to know how to unlearn. To know how to let go of something.

    “The illiterate of the 21st century will not …

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    If it didn’t happen by 19… that’s OK


    What did you come up with when you were 19 years old?

    Did it change the world?

    In case you missed it Microsoft just turned 40.

    Bill Gates was just 19 when he and Paul Allen founded the company. Whether you are a fan of Microsoft or not the vision and execution of their vision …

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    The Joy of a Checklist


    Are you a list maker?

    Do you live by your lists?

    How many lists do you have going right now?

    If you are like most people you have at least two lists. One for work stuff and one for personal stuff. How often do these lists overlap?

    For most of recorded history there has been …

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    How long should you sit on your Kingdom?


    After all your hard work.

    Isn’t it time to sit back and relax?

    It’s so compelling to think about it. It’s so alluring, but don’t go there … It’s a Trap!

    Today I was listening to Marc Benioff. Founder and CEO of Salesforce. The pioneer in the “No Software” movement. He was asked about some …

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    You were just hit by a bus, now what?


    What is your bus coefficient?

    Meaning, if you were to suddenly be removed from your role what would happen.

    Imagine that metaphorically you were just hit by a bus.

    What are you going to do now? What will happen to your projects? What will happen with your team?

    Of course, I hope you weren’t really …

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