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Strength to Carry With You

Sometimes the best results come when we don't look for them head-on. Arguing to prove a point? My best resolutions come from ignoring whether I'm right or wrong, assuming great intentions, and seeking to understand and accept before saying anything more. Meditating to get calm? It never works for me.

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"Where there is no standard, there can be no kaizen."

On defining standards so that they are lightweight, easier to hit, and draw us in rather than pushing us away.

"Where there is no standard, there can be no kaizen."
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How Much is Coaching Worth?

The question “How much is coaching worth?” should be inverted. Instead, ask, “How do I find a coach who helps me get the most value from my life?”

How Much is Coaching Worth?
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Advising vs Deep Coaching — Which One Is for You and Why?

"What is coaching?" – "How do I find a coach?" - "What kind of coaching do I need?" – "How do I know if I should hire you?" I often get these questions from friends, readers, and potential clients. This article explores these questions to clarify what I do for readers and

Advising vs Deep Coaching — Which One Is for You and Why?
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Why Do You Write?

One of my friends is the CTO of a successful tech company and a diligent reader. I was texting with him earlier this week and asked him what he might like to read in my newsletter in the future. Instead of naming a work or development topic, he surprised me

Why Do You Write?
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How to Redefine a Field

Last night I sent an exercise to a client that may be useful for you. First, some context on this person: He has achieved top 10 in the world status in more than one area.He struggles to push himself.It's time for him to become number one and redefine

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Asking for What You Want Is a Superpower

When you want something do you ask for it or do you just hope it will show up? Here's a famous story: In the late 1960's a twelve-year-old Steve Jobs cold-called Bill Hewlett, the founder of Hewlett-Packard, to ask for spare electronic parts for a frequency counter Steve was building.

Asking for What You Want Is a Superpower
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Don't Delay Thinking

A guy I used to work with called me a few weeks ago to ask about coaching and if it could work for him. I started to ask him questions about himself. I asked him what he wanted his life to be like and he said "I really need to

Don't Delay Thinking
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Learning to Love 35mm Lenses

Heads up, this article is from 2014. It's on my website because a lot of people still come to read it, but it's old and outdated!When I started taking pictures the conventional wisdom was to always use a 50mm equivalent lens (on a full frame camera or film). I

Learning to Love 35mm Lenses
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Review: The Tom Bihn Daylight Pack

Phnom Penh, Cambodia* Two months ago I asked Tom Bihn if they could send me one of their new Daylight backpacks to review in Japan. They graciously mailed a bag across the ocean to Kyoto and I've been using it full time since then. The burnt orange Daylight pack as