Ever have trouble breathing?

Ever have trouble breathing? Maybe you got hit hard and had the breath knocked out of you or maybe you choked on a McNugget. Doesn’t matter because while you were choking, you only wanted one thing: to breathe. Everyone knows that desire, which sets the stage for this video. In the video above showing Giavanni […]

What’s your plywood?

“When youâ??re a carpenter making a beautiful chest of drawers, youâ??re not going to use a piece of plywood on the back, even though it faces the wall and nobody will ever see it. Youâ??ll know itâ??s there, so youâ??re going to use a beautiful piece of wood on the back. For you to sleep […]

Ditch Diggers and Self-Starters

As much as Seth’s oft-hypocritical blog annoys me (a no-comments blog from a guy who preaches interaction?), his post on the need for external motivation is worth pointing your way: Self-starters matter. I’m not saying that non-self-starters don’t matter and I’d never assert that motivational tools, speakers, reading and the like aren’t of value – […]

Corvettes Everywhere

photo credit: Count Rushmore Ever notice that when you decide to buy a new Corvette (or a F-150, for that matter), you start to see your chosen new vehicle everywhere you go? For me, the last month has been like that. No matter where I turn, in person or on the Net, I’ve found myself […]

Twelve Days of You

photo credit: gagilas Think about your day. What did you do yesterday? Were you productive? When I ask that, what I mean is this: Can you reel off a list of high-priority things that you accomplished? Did you waste any time? How much of each hour did you spend on real, focused, dedicated work that […]

Taking Care

photo credit: h.koppdelaney One of the lessons my dad impressed on me when I was old enough to begin to “get it” (or so I thought) was “Be a good listener.” Naturally, the meaning of that phrase changed for me over the years. As a teenager, it had a rather obvious meaning, “Pay attention and […]

9 minutes of “Will power”

Yesterday, I happened across this video montage of Will Smith interview clips that has him discussing what motivates him. His comments on persistence, work ethic and competition are a good listen and well worth the 9 minutes. Do you have that kind of will power?

What *finally* tripped your trigger?

During a recent mastermind session, the gang was talking about motivation and decision-making. While that was stirring around in my head, I managed to stumble across CC Chapman’s insightful post about inspiration. Stir in the TED Behind the Scenes video included in CC’s post, which I’ve included above. I strongly suggest you read CC’s comments […]

Bill and Leo’s Spiral of Habits

photo credit: Hamed Saber It started with Bill Gates and MS-DOS. It ends with Leo from ZenHabits.com. Quite the odd couple, you’d think. Until you read what they have in common. Maybe then it will continue with you.

The Last Five Minutes of the Day

photo credit: Fenanov Once again, Peter Bregman has a story about how to turn around a day, a career, or maybe even a life. In five minutes. Check out today’s guest post from Harvard Business Review.