Where’s the Treasure?

One skill I had to learn as an entrepreneur was to invest in real opportunities, not dead ends. This can include opportunities for financial gain, but it can also include personal and professional growth opportunities, educational opportunities, creative opportunities, social opportunities, adventure opportunities, travel opportunities, and more. Where there’s a genuine opportunity, there’s a decent…

Life’s Big Ask

Perhaps you have a big ask to make of life. This may include your goals, desires, and intentions. Now what does life indicate that it wants from you? What is life’s big ask of you? One of life’s big asks of me was: I’m gonna inspire you with a bunch of cool ideas about personal growth. Publish…

Entitlement

A common way that people get stuck, especially in business, is that they feel entitled to success before they’ve invested in really earning it. Maybe you did well in school. Maybe you’ve been told that you’re smart or creative. Maybe you began with some advantages that made you feel like you’re already ahead of the…

Your Relationship with Failure

Here are some quotes from J.K. Rowling about the fear of failure: Part of the reason there were seven years between having the idea for Philosopher’s Stone and getting it published, was that I kept putting the manuscript away for months at a time, convinced it was rubbish. Fear of failure is the saddest reason…

Are You Seeking the Approval of Your Limiting Beliefs?

You don’t have to overcome limiting beliefs in order to take action. Thinking that you need to get all your beliefs in order is really just a delay tactic, isn’t it? Fixing your beliefs is an unnecessary prerequisite for action. Thinking that you need to fix your beliefs first is akin to convincing a doubtful…

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My Strengths (According to Reader Feedback)

Earlier this week I invited my blog readers and customers to share what they considered to be my strengths, and now I’ll share the results with you. First, I appreciate the feedback. There were many different answers and perspectives, so I looked for patterns to condense the key ideas into a meaningful list. The subheadings…

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Create and Share

Many people who want to earn a living from creative work get stuck trying to figure out a business model. Meanwhile they’re not actually doing much creating. They’re waiting for clarity. Waiting for clarity is a waste of time. So is trying to figure out the perfect transition plan in advance. It’s easier to find…

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Self-Absorption

One trap that many personal development enthusiasts fall into is becoming overly self-absorbed, which severely limits their results in the long run. Working on your own problems and challenges can be rewarding when you start getting results that matter to you. Maybe you adopt a new habit like becoming an early riser, and it feels…

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