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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:

Being innovative in business usually starts with a question.

Asking a question is one of the best ways to spark creativity and innovation, either individually or within a team. Why? Because our brains will try their best to answer whatever question(s) we put to ...

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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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Play a Bigger Game

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What would “playing a bigger game” look like in your business? In many cases, it looks pretty much the same as playing a regular game — only with a different mindset. Let me give you an example.

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I’m a professional speaker. As such, my colleagues are motivational speakers, leadership speakers, and business speakers. Many of them have information and training programs available: ...

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Stop Trying to Fix the Mirror

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I don’t know what world you live in. I mean that literally. I don’t know what business you’re in, what your customers think of you, how people treat you–I don’t know any of those things. I don’t know what world you live in. But one thing that I do know, with certainty, is this:

Your world is a mirror that reflects who you are.

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Do You Own Your Failures?

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I’ve noticed two interesting things about average achievers; perhaps you’ve noticed them too. What I’ve noticed is this:

Their success are something that they achieved.
Their failures are something that happened to them.

You can always pick these people out of a crowd. They’re the ones saying:

“It’s the election.”
“It’s the economy.”
“It’s the market.”
“It’s the workforce.”
“It’s my unreliable suppliers.”

Are these things all factors? Sure they are. But given these exact same factors, there are some who succeed wildly and ...

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Who You SHOULD Be Hanging Out With

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When I was in high school, I used to hang out with a guy named Vince DiCola. You probably haven’t heard of Vince, but he was—and still is—the best rock keyboardist I ever knew. I mean, this guy could play anything! And because I was hanging around with Vince, I decided to learn to play keyboards also. So I did—and I got good enough that, over the years, I’ve played professionally with a few bands. Am I as good as ...

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