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Hang in there

Is there anything more difficult? Showing up day after day, week after week, sometimes for years, as your movement slowly gains steam, as your organization hits speed bumps, as the news goes from bad to worse… Showing up, it turns … Continue reading

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Empathy is a bridge

“Sorry” doesn’t mean you caused the pain. It merely means that you see it, that you’ve felt pain before in your life as well, that you are open to a connection. Our ability to bring people along is critical because … Continue reading

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The memories we rehearse are the ones we live with

A million things happened to you today. The second bite of your lunch. The red light on the third block of your commute… Tomorrow, you’ll remember almost none of them. And the concept that you’d remember something that happened to … Continue reading

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The powerful seduction of ‘powerless’

Where do conspiracy theories come from? More than 10% of the population still believes that the moon landings were faked. (Even though we can see the landing modules with a telescope). People make up inane theories about various cabals that … Continue reading

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Finding the thread

Unraveling has precisely the same meaning as raveling… when we pull on a thread, pull and pull, as it unweaves what came before. It’s nice to have the next thing clearly laid out, planned and sure to work. It would … Continue reading

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The best way to stand for something

The best way to build a brand that matters, a story that spreads, an impact that we remember, is to understand a simple but painful trade-off: If you want to stand for something, You can’t stand for everything. “Anyone can … Continue reading

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On being irritated

Irritation is a privilege. It’s the least useful emotion, one that we never seek out. People in true distress are never irritated. Someone who is hungry or drowning or fleeing doesn’t become irritated. And of course, irritation rarely helps us … Continue reading

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The next one or the last one?

This thing you’re making… This day you’re spending at work… This interaction you’re having… Is it merely the next one in a long string of next ones, good enough to get you through? Or is it special enough to be … Continue reading

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If not now, when?

Care a little more. Show up. Embrace possibility. Tell the truth. Dive deeper. Seek the truth behind the story. Ask the difficult question. Lend a hand. Dance with fear. Play the long game. Say ‘no’ to hate. Look for opportunities, … Continue reading

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Rolling up our sleeves

Sometimes, the wind is at our back, the resources are easily acquired and good karma increases our ability to do great work. Sometimes. Other times, it feels like we’re up against it, that the wind has shifted, that there’s not … Continue reading

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