The 2 Simple Rules of “Action”

You want to do great work in the world. Wonderful! We need you to do great work; there are many challenges in the world, some of which you are meant to solve, and to solve them you’ll need to work—hard. In fact, the only way you’re going to have the impact you’re meant to have…

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Little by Little…

I just came back from my second bout with the leftovers from what some weather networks have deemed to be one of the worst snowstorm of the year (in the Ottawa, Canada region). I must have burnt 2000 calories plowing the snow. Yesterday, when I left home for church, my driveway and most streets were…

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You’re Going Somewhere Important, and You’re Late

I woke up late on exam day. Oh. My. Gosh. My alarm clock didn’t go off; I was late for my final exam. I leap out of bed, went through an abridged version of my morning routine, got dressed in record time, and I was out the door with one idea in mind: get to…

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Motivation: Give it Your Best Shot!

Listen up! You’re meant to do great work in the world. I believe it. You have great abilities that can serve others and help make the world a better place. But doing anything significant requires that you “put yourself out there” and take some risks. This can be frightening; you may fail and make a fool…

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Fight Your Own Fights…

This week was a little challenging for me. Among other things, my 3 older kids were hit by the flu or by a cold (I’m never sure which one it is). With a newborn in the house, this is not cool… My house is now a concert hall where the kids are coughing in unison. Fortunately,…

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Mindset – I am…

I am… fill in the blank. I am a man. I am a woman. I am white. I am black. I am fat. I am skinny. I am short. I am tall… I am a husband. I am a wife. I am a son. I am a daughter. I am an uncle. I am an…

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Productivity: Shoot the Ball Through the Hoop

Last weekend, I was sitting on the sidelines of a basketball court, watching my son’s basketball team play. At one point of the game, my son’s team took more than 15 consecutive shots to the basket without scoring once. There was a couple of “ball hits the rim”, a couple of backboards, and a couple…

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Goal Setting: A Simple Formula

Goal setting doesn’t have to be complicated. In fact, I believe goal setting should quite simple and easy. The hard part isn’t setting the goal; it’s achieving the goal—and that’s really where the rubber meets the road. Thus, most of your time and energy shouldn’t be invested in setting the goal, but in achieving it.…

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Time Management – “Waiting Time”

People sometimes ask me, “With such a filled life, where do you find time to read all the books you read?” Here’s the answer. I leverage “waiting time”—and I’ve been doing so for years now. “Waiting time” is the time I spend waiting for something, someone or to get somewhere. For instance, when I bring…

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Focus on What Matters Most

The person who learns to focus on the right activities will achieve great things in his or her life. It’s that simple. I say “learn” intentionally. Many of us grew up (and are still) in an environment filled with distractions—i.e. an infinite number of TV channels, the Internet, now social media platforms, etc. This overdose…

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