EMBRACE THE WOBBLE™

The Key to a Stable and Balanced Life

If we accept that chaos is the “new normal” and that “VUCA” (Volatility–Uncertainty–Complexity–Ambiguity) is a reasonable framework to recognize the nature of the conditions that we operate in, then that begs a question: “How can we best operate in this VUCA environment?” I believe that EMBRACE THE WOBBLE™ will unfold as an extraordinary solution to a stable and balanced life.

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YOURSELF TO BLAME by Mayme White Miller

The Power of a Single Poem

The experience, education, and training I’ve had in my life continually highlighted the significance of a sense of personal responsibility. I’ve been far from perfect, but I actively attempt to counter the trap of blaming others. This is a valuable key to keep us focused on our purpose, goals and objectives, rather than the conditions of the journey.

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VUCA

The chaotic "new normal"

We are constantly reminded just how fast-paced life is… and that the rapidity of life and change will only increase. Additionally, that chaos is the “new normal.” Does a simple framework to recognize the nature of the conditions that we operate in exist? Can it help us better cope with, or even thrive in, these conditions. Well, the one that I use is “VUCA”.

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Be Brave

... and Lead From Your Current Position®

The world is calling out for you to LEAD FROM YOUR CURRENT POSITION®… BE BRAVE!

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4 Key Lessons from “A Message to Garcia”

Do the thing...

One of the most published articles in history, “A Message to Garcia” (by Elbert Hubbard) highlights several great challenges and lessons of life. There are four key lessons that I would like to discuss:  three of those lessons are key points from the author and the fourth is one that will assist you as you LEAD FROM YOUR CURRENT POSITION®

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My 10 Favorite TED (and TEDx) Talks

#1 Juliet Doherty--"Be Great!"

It still amazes me how many people have not heard of TED or TEDx. TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. Meanwhile, independently run TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world.

Here are my 10 Favorite TED or TEDx Talks:

  1. Juliet Doherty: Be Great!
  2. Joi Ito: Want to innovate? Become a “now-ist”
  3. Steve Jobs: How to live before you die
  4. Sir Ken Robinson: How schools kill creativity
  5. Brene Brown: The power of vulnerability
  6. Elizabeth Gilbert: Your elusive creative genius
  7. Jill Bolte Taylor: Stroke of insight
  8. Daniel Pink: The puzzle of motivation
  9. John Wooden: The difference between winning and succeeding
  10. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi: Flow, the secret to happiness

I hope you will find some spark of inspiration in these talks. Please share your favorites and help spread these ideas.

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DISCUSSION QUESTION:  What are some of your favorite TED or TEDx Talks and why?

8 Questions You Can Use to Provide Clarity on Your Journey

THE PERSONAL BRAND EQUITY EVALUATION by Tom Peters

There are many tips, lists, and tools to help you navigate through life. One tool that I’ve used, since it’s introduction by Tom Peters in 1996, is THE PERSONAL BRAND EQUITY EVALUATION. Tom outlines eight simple and thought-provoking questions that you can use to provide clarity on your journey.

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The LFYCP® One Week Challenge

“The Top 4 Questions You Should Ask Yourself Every Day to LEAD FROM YOUR CURRENT POSITION®”

I’d like to provide you with a basic framework that will help you refocus and achieve extraordinary results each an every day. I call this framework: “The Top 4 Questions You Should Ask Yourself Every Day to LEAD FROM YOUR CURRENT POSITION®”. The world is calling out for your genius, but the noise and clutter of your world may deafen that call.

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A Pep Talk

from Kid President to You!

A pep talk that is worth viewing every day!

 

It’s everybody’s duty to give the world a reason to dance.”  Kid President

 

I think we all need a pep talk.

The world needs you. Stop being boring! Yeah, YOU! Boring is easy. Everybody can be boring whether you’re good or not.

Life is not a game, people! Life isn’t a cereal either. Well, it is a cereal. And if life was a game, aren’t we on the same team? I mean, really right? I’m on your team. Be on my team.

This is life, people! We got air coming free to your nose. You got heartbeat… (boom boom…) that means you got to do something.

A poem, “two roads diverged in the woods… and I took the road less traveled…” And it hurt, man! Really bad! Rocks! Thorns! and Glass! my… broke! waahh! Not cool, Robert Frost! But what if there really were two paths? I want to be in the one that leads to awesome.

It’s like that dude Journey said, “Don’t stop believing… unless your dream is stupid”, then you should give up your dream. I think that’s how it goes. You better dream to keep going. Keep going, keep going, and keep going.

What if Michael Jordan had quit? Well, he did quit. No, he retired. Yeah. Yes, he retired. But before that, in high school. What if he quit when he didn’t make the team? He would never make Space Jam and I love Space Jam. What will be your Space Jam?

What will you create to make the world awesome? Nothing if you keep sitting there! That’s why I’m talking to you today. This is your time! This is my time! It’s OUR time!

We can make every day better for each other. If we’re all on the same team, let’s start acting like it. We got work to do. We can cry about it or we can dance about it.

We were made to be awesome. Let’s get out there. I don’t know everything. I’m just a kid but I know this, it’s everybody’s duty to give the world a reason to dance so get to it!

You just been pep talked! Create something that will make the world awesome. Play ball!

 

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