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How to Change Your Career to Align Your Passion, Purpose and Profession

Thinking of changing careers? Starting your own business? Making your side hustle your main hustle? Talk to someone who’s been there and done that, or better yet is doing that right now! PivotPlanet.com can help. Formerly called Vocation Vacations, I first learned about PivotPlanet in Dan and Chip Heath’s book…

Knowing Everything

Life’s operative question is “What do you want?” Years ago, I realized that I want to be omniscient. I want to know everything. I want to understand myself, why others behave as they do, what the universe is made of (sidenote: did you know we only know what 5% of the…

Visions Of The Future

Tim Ferriss’ recent interview with Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Meta, is pretty interesting. In this 90-minute conversation, Mark talks about some of the innovative things his company is working on to change the way we live, work and recreate. For example, you know that feeling of disconnect that comes when…

Twenty Thousand Hertz

I recently discovered Twenty Thousand Hertz, a lovingly crafted podcast revealing the stories behind the world’s most recognizable and interesting sounds. It’s created and hosted by dallastaylor.com. The podcast’s website describes Dallas: Creative Director of DEFACTO SOUND [“the sonic source for the world’s most thoughtful brands”] where he has led…

Changing Our World

Writing this week’s Three Point Thursday from the safety and comfort of my home in the United States, I’m reminded of how blessed I truly am. As you know, Russia has invaded Ukraine. People are dying. The United States offered to evacuate Ukranian president Volodymyr Zelensky, but he declined, saying,…

Lessons From Apple

Earlier this week I was on a Zoom call with a group of coaches where the topic of focus came up. If you’re like me (and most of my clients), you know that it can sometimes be hard to: A) know what to focus on, B) stay focused on anything…

Share Your Gifts with Others

Dillon Helbig, an 8-year-old resident of Boise, wrote and illustrated a book, then hid it on the shelf at his local library. The staff there made it an official part of their collection. Now there’s a years-long waiting list for his book. You can read more about it on NPR.

The Change Our World Needs

“We know things in the core of our being that we have not necessarily been taught, and some of this deep knowing may actually be at odds with what our society or religion has tried to teach us.” and… “The crises that we are in the midst of today, whether…

Approaching Difficult Conversations

Have you been putting off a difficult conversation or avoiding it completely? Do you want better outcomes in your most important conversations at home or at work? You Are Not So Smart and How to Talk to People About Things are presenting a free, 90-minute online workshop next Tuesday, February 1st at 5pm MT…

The Opposite of Spoiled

Anyone who’s ever raised kids knows that it can be hard. And anyone who’s ever managed money can attest that it can also be hard. It’s no wonder then that that raising children who spend, save and give money well is really, really hard. Someone who can help is Ron…

The Yoga of Productivity

Tiago Forte, an entrepreneur and writer who aims to help you “Be more productive than you ever thought possible,” recently published an article called “The Yoga of Eating: Food as a Source of Information.” It summarizes Charles Eisenstein’s book The Yoga of Eating, and goes on to explore how the book’s…

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays! You probably know that December 21st was winter solstice, which means winter has officially begun in the Northern Hemisphere and also that each passing day will have a little more daylight than the last (until June, anyway). We’re neck deep in the holiday season, part of which means that…

Change Is Not Only Hard, It’s Often Invisible

You could change just about anything about yourself—and I mean anything—and some people in your life just won’t see it. When these people look at you, it’s like they’re looking at the light of a dead star. They see what used to be there. They see what they expect to…

If You Undercharge for Your Work, Read This

If you’re a freelancer, an independent contractor, or a gig worker, you know all too well how hard it can be to know what to charge for your services, not to mention the difficulty of covering your own insurance, retirement, vacation, and sick time. To help you know what to…

My Rainforest Reminder: The Power of Everyday Kindness

A Story about a Little Kindness that Made a Big Difference for Me I visited the rainforest in Ecuador a few years ago. The group I was with stopped at a café for lunch before entering the jungle. During that lunch, I managed to cut my finger while opening a…

Humans and Our Insatiable Desires

How a Target Store Helped Me Become Aware of My Mind’s Insatiable Desires The Super Target near my house opened nearly 30 years ago. When it first opened, I’d never been in a store quite like it. It was so BIG – (at about 180,000 square feet, it’s roughly 80…

A Book to Help You with Your Inner Work

I’ve been reading Robert A. Johnson’s Inner Work: Using Dreams and Active Imagination for Personal Growth In it, Robert explains “Inner work is the effort by which we gain awareness of the deeper layers of consciousness within us and move toward integration of the total self.”   Also, “Every person…

Letting Go of Preferences, Prejudices and Problem Solving

I have a theory that problems don’t exist—that anything we call a “problem” is just a judgment. If you’re okay with the weather where you live, it’s not a problem. If you like the food in your town, it’s not a problem. If you’re content with your spouse or partner…

Knowing What to Do When You Don’t Know What to Do

Whenever you feel stuck or overwhelmed, one of two things are almost certainly true: 1) you don’t know exactly what you’re trying to accomplish, or 2) you DO know what you’re trying to accomplish, but you don’t know the very next step to take to get there. Having clearly articulated (written) goals…

The Rules We Live By

Each of us lives according to a set of rules. I was reminded of this after reading an article titled “Man punches nurse in the face multiple times after his wife is vaccinated for Covid”. The man in the article might live by rules like, “My wife must have my…

Make the Most of Your One Wild and Precious Life

Oliver Burkeman wrote a fantastic book called Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals. Adam Grant calls this “The most important book ever written about time management” and I will be interviewing Oliver about it on the School for Good Living Podcast. In it, Oliver explains how he used to be…

Why You Might Want to Write Every Day

Last year, Tim Ferriss had Jerry Seinfeld on his podcast. Tim asked Jerry what he would include in a writing class if he were to teach one. Jerry answered by saying, “Well, I would teach [writers] to learn to accept your mediocrity. No one’s really that great. You know who’s great?…

Resist the Urge to Understand

Werner Erhard once said, “In life, understanding is the booby prize.” Google defines a booby prize as “a prize given as a joke to the last-place finisher in a race or competition.” Culturally, we strive to understand. We’re trained to understand, and rewarded for it. Science breaks systems down into…

Listen for—But Not Always TO—Your Inner Voice

“Never believe any thought you think about yourself that limits you in any way.” One of my teachers once gave me that instruction. He wrote it down, and I read it three times before I grasped it. There’s a lot in that lesson, namely that believing—or not believing—our thoughts is…

Remembering The Inspiring Content from Books You’ve Read

Dani Saveker is a master life coach who created Visual Synopsis, a site where she catalogs inspiring content from books she reads with the aim of making it simple, memorable and beautiful. Browsing this site, I find value in three ways. First, I’m inspired by the way that Dani combines…

A Climate Report to Give You the Facts and Spur You to Act

The IPCC—the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change—just issued its latest report, and there’s a lot to be concerned about. You can see the full report here. For an overview of the report, check out Vox.com’s article: “The devastating new UN report on climate change, explained”. And, in case you feel…

Poetry, Friendship and Culture

Poet David Whyte loves to walk, and he invites you to walk with him. He offers a walking tour west of Ireland called Poetry, Myth & Music for the Soul, one in English Lake District called Compass Points: Setting Direction for a Future Life, one in the Hills of Tuscany called…

Showcasing Nature in Its Colorful Glory

Life in Color with David Attenborough uses innovative technology to explore nature from a fresh perspective to show how animals use color to survive and thrive in the wild. You have to see it for yourself to understand how awe-inspiring and beautiful it is. This docuseries, as it says on the…

People Are Working to Help You Live 120 Years or More

Jacqueline Detwiler-George recently published an article in Popular Mechanics called “Can Science Cure Death? It Sure Looks Like It.” (The article is behind a paywall on Popular Mechanics, but in case you don’t subscribe, you can read the full article here) The article contains a number of interesting tidbits, including this:…

A Poem to Help You Be Human

I recently rediscovered Rumi’s touching poem “The Guest House”. It’s such a beautiful and profound way to describe being human, and a masterful description of how to skillfully navigate life’s vicissitudes. May we all cultivate the courage and wisdom to greet life’s inescapable pain with lightness and even laughter.

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