It seems like everyone is on the internet today! How can you possibly get noticed in the crowd? That was the question asked recently by a Live Deliberately viewer.
Building on the idea that the best way to stand out is to be the best here's my advice:
For the next couple of months Live Deliberately will be all about answering the questions that you have submitted.
Here's the first one: "What should you do when you make progress: academically, physically, spiritually, but you keep sliding back and you're not sure what to do?"
Watch the video to hear the answer.
Will you take a minute to listen to me? Good. I promise this won’t take long, but take a moment and consider what I am about to say.
All this busy, all this rushing, all this frantic, all this last minute, all this go, go, go, all this smoke and noise, do you know what it’s for?Read More
Passionate about your political views, but not sure how to effectively share them when it seems like the only way to talk politics is through screaming and insults?
There is a better way.
I was trying to get a picture of the rainbow and wasn’t expecting the lightning. We rarely expect the lighting.
I like to look at this picture because it illustrates so much. You can look at this picture and see two very different things.Read More
Let me introduce you to two individuals. They are fictional, but based very much on real people. In fact, you may recognize them in people you see every day. Busy Joe (BJ) and Productive Jim (PJ) have a lot in common. They both came from similar family backgrounds and did fine academically and socially in high school. They both went to college and earned a degree, graduating with a solid GPA. Both of them graduated with the same major. Both of them landed starting level jobs at the same company on the same day within a few weeks of their college graduation.
They are both very hard workers, but their careers are going in very different directions.Read More
Recently a colleague and I were talking about a project that we work on together. We laughed at how bad we were at doing what we are doing when we first started doing it and we marveled at how easier it is to do what we do now and how much better it is.
I commented that if we had known all that we needed to know to make it work and how hard it would be we would have never started. But we did start. And now we are much better and we have accomplished much.
That conversation reminded me of this important Live Deliberately video from the archive.
With current political discourse looking like a cage match and ample evidence that our past wasn’t much different is there any hope for a decent political conversation and is it worth the effort?Read More
Everyone talks about academics and good grades and high GPAs and awesome test scores as the success metrics of life. It's easy to conclude that academic knowledge and the ability to do great in school is the most important skill out there. Get good grades, get into a great college, get great grades, get a great job, live happily ever after.
I disagree. The best path to happily ever after is a path that you travel with a group and that means one of the most important set of skills you can have is how to find and form great communities.
Things were going great! New opportunities were popping up everywhere! I hated to go to bed at night and was excited to get up in the morning! Then things weren’t going great. Nothing was working. It felt like being alive was a chore and took constant effort. I couldn’t wait to crawl in bed each night and when the alarm clock went off it felt like the bell of dread. Can you relate? Have you ever felt like that?Read More
Hey you! Yeah you! You think your ideas matter, right? Well, your ideas are dead unless you do this.
It’s the subject that everyone loves to complain about, nobody really wants to do anything about it, and most people are self-confessed hypocrites on the subject. We all know we are technology obsessed and technology enslaved. We whine about how everyone posts stupid stuff on Facebook, but we spend hours reading about that stupid stuff and then wonder where the time went? We rage about the stupidity of the driver in front of us on the phone and then glance down to read the latest text that just came in. While meeting a friend for lunch we make fun of the couple at the table across from us that are both absorbed in their phones, then interrupt our conversation and ask our friend to wait while we take the call that just came in.Read More
Here are three things I learned at APEX: The Unconvention last week that I want to share with all those who attended the event. If you didn’t attend these points are still relevant, both in your everyday life and for when you have your next big event or experience.Read More
My oldest daughter had a birthday recently. Not just any birthday. A 16th birthday. It has been more than a decade and a half since I became a parent. In more than a decade and a half you should be able to learn something, so after her birthday I sat down to reflect on what I have learned since I picked up the title of "Dad." Here are some of the things that came to mind:Read More
Here’s a basic life principle that is foundational for work: At the end of the day you always work with people. No matter what work you are doing the most important thing about whatever you are doing is how what you are doing affects people. Let’s consider some of the basic ways our work affects people.Read More
In last week’s post I argued the formula for intellectual success is QEMCI (Quickly and Effectively Master Complicated Information). In a world of unmerciful change the constant reality is disruption. Disruption causes problems, and problems need solutions. The people who are able to bring practical intelligence to these problems are the people who will become problem solvers. A key trait of practical intelligence is the ability to quickly learn new things. This brings us to the question. How does one go about learning how to quickly and effectively master complicated information? Like most things it starts with practice.Read More