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Jul.08.2010
This week I gave a speech at the Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock. An audience member asked me what effect volunteering has on living a more heroic life. The answer is a lot. We need to broaden, “you are what you eat.” Let’s make it, “you become what you consume.” When we consume extreme...
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Jul.08.2010
For a couple of weeks I’ve had this idea brewing for a blog – that I would explain what matters in life – in 7 paragraphs or less (it’s a blog after all). Then two things happened that have compelled me to write this now. First, the two things. 1. A friend of mine, younger than I am, went to the...
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Jul.08.2010
For a couple of weeks I’ve had this idea brewing for a blog – that I would explain what matters in life – in 7 paragraphs or less (it’s a blog after all). Then two things happened that have compelled me to write this now. First, the two things. 1. A friend of mine, younger than I am, went to the...
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Jul.08.2010
I was hanging out with friends and a couple got into a minor squabble. Someone lamented the lack of video instant replay in their lives. The thinking went that so many of our disputes would be so much more effectively resolved if we could go to the videotape to see who was right. I think this...
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Jul.08.2010
“I just wish we could move forward. The problem is all of these naysayers.” What is in a name? Naysayers are problems. They prevent progress. They take your brilliant plans with tons of upside and see only the risks and the weaknesses. They stop you from changing yourself and your organization....
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Jul.08.2010
“I just wish we could move forward. The problem is all of these naysayers.” What is in a name? Naysayers are problems. They prevent progress. They take your brilliant plans with tons of upside and see only the risks and the weaknesses. They stop you from changing yourself and your organization....
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Jul.08.2010
  Gary Cohen asked me to guest blog. And we wanted something different. So he suggested that I ask my readers what questions they would like to hear me answer. I wondered, would I get a response? So I emailed my weekly hero tip recipients, and over 100 really insightful questions later, I was...
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Jul.08.2010
On Thursday I spoke at the annual planning meeting for the Miami Children’s Hospital (MCH). It was unbelievably moving. Yesterday I wrote about what I learned from from their mascot. Here’s my second day of lessons from MCH. Lynnette was one of the employees honored at the event. While this is the...
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Jul.08.2010
It isn’t half full. It’s full. People don’t realize how lucky they are. Realize is the wrong word. It’s passive and fleeting. As though the important thing were to casually recognize every once in a while that, “Oh yeah, check it out. I guess I’m lucky.” No. We need more than realization. We need...
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Jul.08.2010
There they are on the wall. Framed. Possibly even in plaque form. There are 6 of them. (I don’t know why but corporate values most often seem to come in batches of 6.) They look beautiful. And if you ask any employee in the company s/he can probably name 2 or 3 of them without looking at the plaque...
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Nov.10.2009
My guess is that most people reading this blog live pretty normal lives. We go to school when we are young. We get jobs and spend most of our adult lives employed. We have families. Somewhere along the way we face a crisis or two – a lost job or the death of a parent. But mostly our lives follow...
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Aug.12.2009
“The most miserable and tragic thing about poverty is not the lack of bread or roof, but the feeling of being no one.” That quote was from Jose Antonio Abreu, a musician and composer and the founder of El Sistema, a music education program that has created over 150 youth orchestras in Venezuela and...
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