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Failure is an important part of success. Hockey great Wayne Gretzky once said “You’ll always miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” How true. This true statement recognizes that people are seriously afraid to fail. Similarly, people are seriously afraid to have someone tell them they failed or did something incorrectly. The fact is that most people are afraid of criticism, even when it is constructive criticism.

Because of this a large percentage of the population would rather live in a bubble where they do enough to get by, but not take risks that can lead them to another level
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This morning I was clearing out old email and found a link to video from a number of years ago. The video is titled “Millennials Show Us What “Old” Looks Like” ( I was reminded about what I thought when I first saw it years ago, which is the big picture idea that people judge others based on their own biases and lack of knowledge. It could be based on age, as in the video, or on appearance or some other shallow reason that has nothing to do with who the person is. We all do it even
Continue Reading Unraveling Conscious and Unconscious Bias Through Personal Connection

We all have values we live and work by whether or not we actually spend the time to think about it. Stopping to consider the behaviors needed to meet your values is an important exercise because values are abstract concepts such as quality, timeliness, or integrity. On the other hand, behaviors are concrete actions we each take or don’t take.

I saw one definition of values as “a person’s principles or standards of behavior; one’s judgment of what is important in life.” Whatever values you have require certain behaviors to meet your values. The flipside is that there are many
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Some of you may be asking, what does he mean? Some of you may be saying, “work/life balance, I’ve got it!” Others are saying “Good luck on that!” I’m focusing on the importance of focusing on this balance whether or not you actually achieve it. That focus gives you an chance and hopefully allows you to make plans, take a mental health day, or an actual vacation.

I say the goal of work/life balance is unachievable because it’s similar to having the right amount of work each day. It’s a myth while still being a goal that has substantial benefits.
Continue Reading Work/life balance is a constant yet unachievable goal

Celebrating anniversaries and milestones in business is more than just a tradition; it’s a strategic practice that fosters a sense of accomplishment, unity, and motivation within the company. They serve as significant markers of progress, reminding owners and employees alike of their journey together and the goals they’ve achieved. Recognizing milestones acknowledges the hard work and dedication of the team and reinforces a positive company culture centered around achievement and growth. It’s an opportunity to reflect on past successes, learn from challenges, and set new targets for the future.

For a law firm, commemorating anniversaries and milestones holds particular importance.
Continue Reading Celebrate good times, come on!

Elevating the performance of those around you versus solely focusing on your own results is a critical distinction in personal and professional development. When you prioritize lifting others, you contribute to a collaborative environment where everyone’s strengths are utilized to their fullest potential. This approach fosters teamwork, enhances morale, and ultimately leads to greater overall success for all. By empowering and supporting those around you, you create a ripple effect of positive influence that extends far beyond your individual achievements.

In many contexts, the ethos of elevating others aligns with effective leadership. True leaders understand that their success is intertwined
Continue Reading Do you elevate the performance of the people around you or only your own results?

“Frequently wrong, but never in doubt” captures the essence of confidence without competence. It characterizes individuals who assert their opinions and judgments with unwavering certainty, even when those assertions are proven to be incorrect. This phrase often conveys a sense of arrogance or hubris, where individuals prioritize their own convictions over factual accuracy or critical thinking. It highlights the danger of overconfidence and the importance of humility in acknowledging one’s limitations and the potential for error.

In many contexts, this phrase can be applied to situations where individuals exhibit a tendency to confidently assert their beliefs despite lacking sufficient knowledge
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When you think about radical thinkers you often think of people who inhabit the fringes of society, where their unconventional ideas are free to flourish away from the constraints of mainstream thought. You may think of people found in various domains, from academia and technology hubs to grassroots movements and avant-garde artistic circles. These types of people add value to your team or business and also are found in more mainstream businesses including law firms, hospitals, or even at a hardware shop; it’s not what you do, but how you approach it. These are people who think differently than and
Continue Reading Do you have a radical thinker on your team and, if not, why?

Inspiration does not come when it’s convenient. Inspiration does not care about the time of day, your schedule, or if you’re busy at the moment. When it come it comes and you need to pay attention. If you don’t, it’s to your own detriment.

Being open to inspiration when it strikes is like keeping the windows of your mind open to let in the fresh breeze of creativity. It’s about being receptive to those moments of insight and clarity that can unexpectedly sweep over you, often when you least expect it. Inspiration has a way of finding you in the
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Hope is a powerful force that drives all of us in all facets of our lives. In the realm of business, hope often manifests as the belief in innovation and the potential for growth. Entrepreneurs embark on new ventures with the hope of creating something meaningful and impactful. This hope fuels their persistence in the face of challenges, driving them to push boundaries and seek solutions. It’s this optimism that underpins the entrepreneurial spirit, inspiring people to take risks and pursue their dreams.

Hope is closely tied to resilience. In times of uncertainty or adversity, hope provides you the strength
Continue Reading What gives you hope?

Facing challenges and high-stakes situations is a sign of opportunity and growth rather than a burden. Viewing pressure as a privilege suggests that those who experience pressure are in a position where they have the chance to achieve something meaningful or significant. This mindset shifts the perspective on pressure from being a negative force to being a positive motivator. When you recognize pressure as a privilege, you embrace the opportunity to excel under challenging circumstances, pushing yourself beyond your comfort zone and realizing your full potential.

Embracing the privilege of pressure requires a mindset shift that reframes challenges as opportunities
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Brevity in communications is a fundamental skill that enhances clarity and impact. It involves expressing ideas concisely without sacrificing meaning or depth. By using precise language and avoiding unnecessary words, brevity ensures that readers or listeners grasp the intended message quickly and effectively. In a world where attention spans seem not to exist, brevity becomes even more crucial for engaging and retaining your audience’s interest. Whether it’s crafting an email, drafting a report, having a conversation, or making a presentation, the ability to convey information succinctly is highly valued. If you ignore the importance of brevity, your words, which you
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Learning to accept compliments graciously in a professional setting is not only a matter of politeness but also a skill that can enhance your interpersonal relationships and boost morale within the workplace. When receiving compliments, it’s essential for you to respond with genuine gratitude while maintaining professionalism. One effective approach is to simply say “thank you” with a smile, acknowledging the kind words without deflecting or downplaying the praise. This shows appreciation for the recognition while maintaining humility and confidence. Additionally, it can be beneficial to reciprocate the sentiment by acknowledging the efforts of others or expressing gratitude for teamwork,
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When you let a thought, an insecurity, or something you think you can’t do block your progress towards a goal, whether in your career or in your personal life, it is one manner of letting what stands in the way become the way. If you choose to look at the other side of that coin and embrace the principle of “what stands in the way becomes the way” it means you’re embracing obstacles as opportunities for growth and transformation. Instead of avoiding or resisting challenges, you focus on having a mindset that encourages you to confront adversity head-on and recognize
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When I say study minimalism, I’m referring to the value in adopting a lifestyle philosophy that encourages you to declutter your life and focus on quality over quantity. By embracing minimalism, you eliminate the excess and prioritize what truly adds value. This approach extends beyond physical possessions to encompass time, relationships, and even professional pursuits. The point is that by simplifying and streamlining, you can make more room for the things that truly matter to you.

In the pursuit of a minimalist lifestyle, one key aspect is decluttering physical spaces. This involves letting go of unnecessary possessions, freeing up space
Continue Reading Study minimalism: Make more room for good things in your life

Playing offense in your professional life is adopting a proactive mindset that seeks opportunities and takes decisive actions to achieve one’s goals. It involves being assertive, innovative, and forward-thinking in your approach to setting goals, taking on challenges, and making opportunities. When you play offense, you are not merely reacting to circumstances but actively shaping them to your advantage. This mindset can yield substantial dividends for your career.

One significant benefit of playing offense is the ability to seize opportunities before they become apparent to others. By staying ahead of the curve, you position yourself to capitalize on emerging trends
Continue Reading Playing offense in your professional life will pay dividends