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Stay Human

Talent and technology enhance each other, but they can't replace each other. Skill and hard work can improve technology and technology, in turn, can empower our skills and diligence so that we can make better and better stuff, more by the day.

The temptation is to rely on technology to replace our skill. Good stories don't result from algorithms or automated production processes. Machines can't invent wit or charm—only well-timed playbacks of real human wit at best.

Don't let tech become your crutch. Put away your GPS and learn the lay of your land. That's how trend-setters get found.

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Break the Glass

Most problems persist because people don't want anything better. Sure, on the surface we could say that problems persist because people won't do anything about them, but people don't do anything about their problems because their problems are the best they ever think they can have.

Actually, everyone's own glass ceiling is mere imagination.

Do you think every conversation must end with someone storming out of the room? Do you think projects won't finish or people won't learn? What imaginary limits do you place on yourself? If you can't imagine your life and stuff being better, they never will be.

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Alpha & Beta

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LHBKwCjyt_Q

The "alpha male" and "beta male" roles in society and family are worlds apart. Alpha males and alpha females need each other. In the past, women were expected to take a "beta female" role; today, it's men's turn—probably something like bad karma or the sowing and reaping of weeds come back to haunt them.

The "alpha" doesn't need to oppress others, only to stand his or her own ground. Laying down, playing the slave—men and women who allow themselves to be crammed into the "beta" role become concerned with the opinions of others. Don't join them, be alpha.

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Ignore the Wind

Danger is coming, sooner or later. Bowing and bending is no way to keep danger at bay any more than being nice and friendly will make a mouse appear less appetizing to a hawk. Face it; danger will arrive anyway. It's best to be ready.

Stand your guard. Don't run the failing popularity race. Stay home and stay strong. Be smart. Balance your spending. Stay in a budget. Train and learn. Keep your infrastructure in repair and your needs in supply. Aggressively expand unity among your allies. And, don't spend one second being concerned about the opinions of your predators.

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Patience of Ground

There rests a line to walk between the extremes of standing in defiance and kowtowing to demands. That line is best called "nature".

As you stand your ground for something—so you don't fall for just anything—there's no need to assert yourself on the ground of others. Do what you reasonably can to accommodate for other's brokenness and folly—it's called forbearance. But, don't overdue "help" to the point of enabling.

Patiently study your direction, your purpose, your methods. By knowing who you are and where you are going and not going, gentle help and refusal thereof wisely follows.

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Live Statickly

An "-er" worldview always seeks to compare something to something else. If your goal is to be "better", no doubt everyone else will eventually think that you think you are better than everyone else—and the truth will be that you probably won't be.

With taxes and politics its "higher vs lower"; neither is attainable. "Lower" taxes isn't a number; it is a direction, not a destination, so, by definition, it can never succeed; same with "higher" taxes.

Rather than trying to be "more" or "less", just be you and your best. Choose clear goals, reach them, then choose another.

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Higher Picture

The bigger picture trumps most problems. If you're having trouble, think big. But, there is a picture even higher than the "big picture" we often think of.

God is constantly and proactively transforming Earth into something amazing. The more we focus our efforts on "amazing transformation", the more worthwhile any of our efforts will be. This is true of nations, families, businesses, and everything between.

When a society perseverates on an inbred, self-focused culture, business, religion, or entertainment, health and economics decay. But, macro to individual, when we escalate foundational transformation at our core being, life abounds in uncountable magnitude.

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Go Time

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vc4DY3d7CyA

It never feels like the "right time" to step out onto the field. Every athlete wishes for more preparation. Every coach longs for "one more practice". Good athletes may know that they are ready, but it indicates overconfidence for one to hope to not be more ready than one is.

When it's showtime, show.

Wars aren't won and businesses aren't built by people who are ready; they are won and built by people who aren't ready, but who take on the odds anyway.

If you have a choice, prepare. But, when the time calls your name, get in the game.

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Blossom Your Art

Art must be shared. No one can learn and grow in any artistic work without putting the artwork out for the world to enjoy.

Dance, paint, built, design, invent, display, show, explain, imagine, perform—whatever your sector, make your work known. Flowers and blossoms don't grow on trees and plants to keep bees and nature enthusiasts away. The fruits of the blossoms, just the same, were meant to be shared and enjoyed.

When the world gives feedback on your work, accept it. You will certainly need to improve somewhere, somehow. But, if you never share, you'll never know—none will.

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The Art of Defense en Masse

Facing a flood of confrontation is no easy task. It's not a normal task either.

Staring down a sea of opponents trying to boil your hide would be enough to paralyze most ordinary people and deserves a number among experience-enhanced skills. It takes know-how. It takes guts, wits, and spine.

If you've never dealt with a plurality of daily adversity, you won't know how to handle the unwritten quarter of the job description for executive leadership. This is why many "professional" executives fail—they only have experience in the written job description. Once conflict starts, all written strategies are irrelevant.

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Hold Your Win

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cux8gMWF0mo

The other guy is just as scared as you are.

He may be your enemy. He may be your ally. You may have one of each—or thousands. Whomever the other guy may be, remember that you're both terrified to face the fight.

Stand your ground. Don't fear the enemy as much as he wants you to. If he is overconfident then he's more likely to lose. Your allies need you just the same. Be there for them. Be reliable. Be dependable. Be where you need to be in order to help your friends. Don't move; stay where you'll win.

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Charm Knocks

Some doors only open when you push on them. It can be rude to ask for a free gift, but some things require request. Know the difference.

When it is time to knock on the door, knock gently and kindly. Wait until answered. Knock again if no one hears. If no one is home, go away and come back to knock again another day.

Shut doors open with two keys: patience and charm. You have to keep knocking, but you must also smile while you wait. You never know who may be inside looking out, deciding before giving an answer.

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Take Your Leap

Don't wait always. Waiting and calculating can be good, but not when the oceans open up a way forward.

Sometimes you'll have to interpret signs in the universe spoken without words. A sunny day and a break in your schedule might mean you need to take a walk outside. Who knows where your journey could lead. A bold knock, a new friend, a changed law—anything could open one path into another. But, you'll only know if you keep walking.

So, consider the invitations given in nature's native language. Watch for circumstance as they explain an open invitation, then accept.

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Fame Quests

Today presents too many quests for fame. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, MySpace, Snapchat, Linkedin, YouTube, Pinterest, Tumblr—the many corners of the sprawling social "bragosphere" have everyday, average, ordinary people hungry for fame.

We grow up being told to watch the TV. Then, the TV tells us to try to be famous like the people trying to be famous on shows like "Star Search" or "Britain's Got Talent". But, fame doesn't always seem to turn out so well. Just ask any of the actors who played Anakin Skywalker.

Don't seek fame; seek to build your character first. When worthy, you'll shine.

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