Do Something Different

Operating outside the box of life is all about trying something different. Yes, it may or may not work, but that is what creativity is all about. The enemy of creativity is patterns and routines, and when we get stuck in them, we resist change and struggle with fear. Here are some examples: A real…

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Rip Off the Rear-view Mirror

It’s time to stop looking back, having regrets, and trying to change the past. This is time we will never get back and the more we focus on the past the less we are focused on the here and now. What is your biggest regret? What do you wish you could have over? Imagine how…

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“Orville Wright Did Not Have A Pilot’s License”

Orville Wright was out on the plains of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina trying to get a pile of metal, bolts, and wings up into the air and fly. He didn’t ask for anyone permission, wait to get a certification, or receive a diploma, he just did it. His mindset which was about experimentation, exploration, and…

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Search Engine Mindset

Search Engine Mentality

Our thought processes are shaped by our search engine tendencies. What you search for on Google/ Facebook or any other online site tracks our every movement and puts together an algorithm of our tendencies. For example, if you like to buy gold coins and visit those websites you will see banner ads on your social…

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Wasted Energy- 66.6 Hours of It

Productivity blogger, Merlin Mann, calculated that on average we work an 8 hour day, 50 weeks per year, and check our email every 5 minutes- just to see if anything new is in there- we check our email 24,000 times a year. That isn’t responding to emails, that is only checking to see if we…

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Abandon Auto Pilot

I had a conversation with a client and it was fierce! Over lunch, my client told me that I wasn’t as good as a presenter as I was two years ago when she saw me present, “Smash the Box.” She said, “The keynote address you did lacked energy, audience interaction and the overall tone was…

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Labels- Holding us Captive

The words we use to describe ourselves is powerful and has a direct impact on our confidence, self-esteem and mindset. Many of us receive labels from our days in schools which could include: • Loser • Class Clown • Underachiever • Bully • Victim • Weak • Nerd The question we need to ask ourselves…

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Unbalance= Success

I had an “Unplanned Collaboration” with Ken Lazar (Principal) at Ability Professional Staffing and he said: “People who strive for balance in their lives are boring.” “Balance is over-rated.” “People who place total energies in either their work life or personal life for short periods of time do REMARKABLE things.” Balance is a powerful word…

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Contrarians “Smash the Box”

Contrarian thinkers question, debate, and challenge conventional wisdom. They have a greater chance of breaking free from the herd mentality by taking the opposite sides of issues, taking risks, and allowing him or herself to think and act different. Contrarian thinkers are trailblazers in business. They are the polarizing visionaries who are just as likely…

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Being in the “Box”= Comfort

I presented “Smash the Box” a couple of weeks ago and during the Q & A session a woman made the comment that being in the box is comfortable and safe for a lot of people and that isn’t a bad thing. And then a man in the group said, “But being in the box…

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The Bricks Keep People Out

Randy Pausch, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon gave a presentation called, the “Last Lecture” when he was recently diagnosed with terminal cancer. During the presentation he talks about how bricks (barriers) keep people from achieving their dreams. A question he poses to us is how bad do you want it? Those who want…

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Alethephobia*

I talked to a company this week about creating a culture of innovation in the workplace and Alethephobia- being scared of the truth. During that address we did a Q & A session and I asked the audience why are we scared to have truthful and honest discussions with co-workers, managers, friends and family? Here…

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