#13 – “I don’t know” is an acceptable answer

This is #13 in the series, “50 Ideas Worth Fighting For.” Actually, it’s not just an acceptable answer, it’s often a great one. It is wonderfully counterintuitive that the ability to say “I don’t know” comes from self-confidence. It is self-assurance in what we do know that allows us the ability to be more curious,Continue reading “#13 – “I don’t know” is an acceptable answer”

#12 – Never Be Afraid to Reinvent Yourself

This is #12 in the series, “50 Ideas Worth Fighting For.” I took a new job last fall. I call it a “real” job because after the wonderful variety of  consulting work I’ve done for the last 7 years, as compelling and rewarding as that has been, it feels great to come to an officeContinue reading “#12 – Never Be Afraid to Reinvent Yourself”

#11 – There is no “There”

This is #11 in the series, “50 Ideas Worth Fighting For” There is no “there.” There is only next. In the domain of human development and learning, arrival is a myth. Awareness and action are the currency of the realm. It’s a currency that cannot buy completion or entitlement to a finish line. It canContinue reading “#11 – There is no “There””

#10 – “Development” is a Verb

This is #10 in the series, “50 Ideas Worth Fighting For.” Development is an action. Like any effective action it requires insight and planning (reflection) to precede it but, at its core, development is about forward movement and progress. This is not to convey an image of “leaps and bounds” but of an active progressionContinue reading “#10 – “Development” is a Verb”

Poem for a Sunday Morning

What You Missed That Day You Were Absent from Fourth Grade  {Brad Aaron Modlin} Mrs. Nelson explained how to stand still and listen to the wind, how to find meaning in pumping gas, how peeling potatoes can be a form of prayer. She took questions on how not to feel lost in the dark. AfterContinue reading “Poem for a Sunday Morning”

#7 – Get Moving

This is #7 in the series, “50 Ideas Worth Fighting For.” I feel an energized anticipation when I am getting ready to move. I feel engaged – challenged, curious, motivated – when I am in motion. I feel rejuvenated, refreshed, stimulated, creative, purposeful, accomplished, and unstoppable when I return and come to rest again. SomeContinue reading “#7 – Get Moving”

#4 – Know Your Strengths

Between now and March 22, I am happy to share “50 Ideas Worth Fighting For.” What are you doing when you are at your best? What are you doing when you feel the most accomplished, competent and confident? What are you doing when you feel energized, when time flies by, when your work is notContinue reading “#4 – Know Your Strengths”

#3 – Know Your Values

Between now and March 22, I am happy to share “50 Ideas Worth Fighting For.” Our values guide our decision-making. Clear values make it possible for us to assess any significant question (Should I move there? Take that job? Work with/for those people? Build a stronger relationship with this person? Fight for this idea? SpendContinue reading “#3 – Know Your Values”

#2 – Change Starts Within

Between now and March 22, I am happy to share “50 Ideas Worth Fighting For.” If I could only write about one thing it would be this: all meaningful, sustainable change starts from within. For so many years I blamed my parents, my bosses, my siblings, my friends, my children, and even perfect strangers forContinue reading “#2 – Change Starts Within”

#1 – Read More Poetry

Between now and March 22, I am happy to share “50 Ideas Worth Fighting For.” “Poetry is language against which we have no defenses.” {David Whyte} Do you know that feeling, that feeling of something being so overwhelmingly right and clear that you have no words to describe it? That’s what poetry’s for. Do youContinue reading “#1 – Read More Poetry”