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How Complacency Can Kill You

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Last week I wrote about something my FAA flight examiner said as he signed me off for my pilot’s license: “This is a license to learn. It doesn’t mean you know everything.”

This week I want to tell you what he said immediately after that.

First of all, a little background. I got my pilot’s license after about 50 hours of flight time. (You must have a minimum of 40 hours before you’re eligible ...

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This One Thing Will Make Change Easier

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I just had a client for an upcoming keynote speech tell me, “We’re going through a lot of change right now.”

YOU: “Oh my God, he’s talking about my organization! We’re going through a lot of change right now!”

Okay, before you get too excited [YOU: “Too late!”], you should know that I hear this from nearly every client. I conducted an informal survey (translation: I was still in my pajamas when I made the calls) of some of my fellow motivational ...

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Failure Is Not an Option…It’s a Necessity!

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I’m currently reading a fascinating new book by Megan McArdle called The Up Side of Down: Why Failing Well Is the Key to Success. In it, she argues that failure is vital to success, partially because it’s only through making mistakes (failing) that ...

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Questioning Your Business Innovation

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My friend and fellow motivational speaker (I could also include “Seattle business legend” and “self made millionaire”) Sunny Kobe Cook has an interesting theory, and one with which I agree:

[quote]Being innovative in business usually starts with a question.[/quote]

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[dropcap]A[/dropcap]sking a question is one of the best ways to spark creativity and innovation, either individually or within a ...

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Ready or Not, It’s Jimmy Fallon!

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Tonight, Jimmy Fallon premieres as host of The Tonight Show–even if everything’s not perfect. Your business is no different, and in this clip I’ll tell you why.

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Why Everybody is Wrong About This Common Adage

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[quote style=”boxed”]If you keep doing what you’ve always been doing, you’ll keep getting what you’ve always gotten.[/quote]

I’m sure you’ve heard some version of this. You’ve read it in a dozen books, you’ve heard it in a dozen motivational speeches. (And, by the way, if that last part is true, congratulations on surviving a dozen motivational speeches.)

“If you keep doing what you’ve always been doing, you’ll keep getting what you’ve always gotten.”

I’d like to respectfully disagree. Actually, I’d like to vehemently ...

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Why You Should Be An Irritating 2-Year-Old

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I work with, and speak for, organizations that want their people to play a bigger game and produce unreasonable results. Because of this, I’m keenly interested in why people don’t do this. I mean, think about it. If you had the power to produce big results, audacious results, even unreasonable results, wouldn’t you do it?

Well, you do have the power. What’s more, you know you have the power. You don’t need me to tell you. You’ve been hearing it from ...

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