Full Circle

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Have you ever heard the expression? “What goes around comes around” In my experience, it’s mostly been used to connote some sort of negative comeuppance and told ya so finger-pointing. However, there’s also a really positive loop one can find themselves in whereby you keep going from strength to strength and from one good situation to an even…

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Who’s the Boss?

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One of my good buddies and business colleagues in The Netherlands used to constantly ask his team… Wie is de Baas? (Who’s the Boss?) To which they used to reply “Ik Ben de Baas!” (I am the Boss!)  This was the only acceptable answer. He would do this for many reasons but the most important…

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Zone Out

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How often during a normal workday do you catch yourself zoning out? I’ve never actually counted but for me, it’s quite frequent. I like the feeling that washes over my mind when I’m zoning out. In many cases, it’s a luxury to be able to allow your mind waves to shift into a disengaged state.…

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Opportunities

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When you’re offered an opportunity to do something you’ve never done, what is your normal reaction? Do you embrace the new opportunity and say “Yes!”?  Do you become reticent and say let me look at my schedule or do you utter, “let me think about it?” Maybe you respond flat out “NO!” I’m too busy…

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Regaining Livelihood

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What do you do when your industry is declining? What do you do when you’re losing interest in your job or maybe even your career? When you’ve been so completely attached to something for not only your monthly pay-check but also your identity? All is not lost and a bright new direction is always just…

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PAIN

Conventional wisdom states the twin forces of human behavior are pain and pleasure. Most of us seek pleasure and avoid pain. There are of course your outliers who might avoid pleasure and run towards pain. However, in this case, it can easily be said that for these people pain is their pleasure so the statement…

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Evergreen Fallacy

picture of Dom Kotarski pointing at his pepper plant with his sunflower in the backgound with a caption that says "Evergreen is for those that everwork and evercare!

Have you fallen for the idea that you can create an “Evergreen” business? One that once set up, will continue to print money for you without your personal input. This is the promise of emerging new smart technology with software, bots, and algorithms that will do all your rote grunt work and simple thinking for…

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Finding Your Purpose

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Many of us can spend our whole lives searching for our true life’s purpose. In fact, I think it’s a common pursuit of a huge majority of the population.

I stumbled upon a nice TEDx talk by Adam Leipzig where he promises his audience to help them find their purpose in five minutes.

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How Much Is Enough?

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The questions kind of caught me off guard, “No, Really! How much is enough?” He persisted. “What would it take for you to call it quits, 1 million, 5 million, 10 million plus, or are you a… never enough kinda operator?” I have to admit I hadn’t really thought about the number. I was young, ambitious and…

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Retirement Ready?

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The whole idea of retirement never really appealed to me. I can’t imagine spending my days out on the golf course. I like traveling but not all the time. I like going to dinner parties but not every night. I don’t dream of having more time so I can write that book I always wanted to write.…

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