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4 Questions that Define a Useful Idea

Good ideas aren’t necessarily useful. Any idea that you can’t act on today is a glamourous distraction. Useful ideas are actionable today. A bucket full of good ideas is paralyzing. Choose a mission… Continue reading

3 Things We Get Wrong About Humility

Humility and I stand beside each other like strangers on an elevator. We glance sideways, but we don’t stand close. The only thing I say is, “Have a good day,” when I step… Continue reading

Dear Dan – I Feel Caught Between the Boss and Fellow Employees

Dear Dan, I wonder if you could provide me some guidance with what I call “The curse of the middleman.” I’m a member of two teams. The team of leaders that run our… Continue reading

You Have More Than you Think – Turkey’s Revenge

We were poor college students, over 1,600 miles from home, when my wife and I celebrated our first Thanksgiving. I’ll never forget how proud we felt to host Dave Tricky, a fellow student,… Continue reading

Thieves of Thankfulness – Why Cynics Struggle with Gratitude

Research indicates the top three thieves of thankfulness are narcissism, cynicism, and envy/materialism. Narcissism tops the list. Second on the list is cynicism. The original cynic philosopher, Antisthenes, taught in a gymnasium outside… Continue reading

Thieves of Thankfulness – 3 Traits That Inhibit Gratitude

I searched, “What’s good about ingratitude,” and the article at the top of the page was titled, “14 Health Benefits of Practicing Gratitude According to Science.” I searched, “Benefits of ingratitude,” and the… Continue reading