The Low Cost of Personal Growth

THINK stop sign

It arrived in the morning mail. Stamped on the envelope:

“It doesn’t cost much to leave it all behind.”

Jim Berra’s letter addressed one of my life challenges: finding the perfect vacation. Jim offered an alternative — ditch the stress and head straight for fun. To further help me out, he suggested an easy and value-driven action step:

“Book now … save up to 20%.”

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What Those Notifications Really Do to You

Switch by PLaying Futures Applied

Erin and Fred checked their email courtesy of Starbucks. The past few days they were disconnected from technology for a much needed get-away.

“Your attention, please,” the overhead page seeks another weary traveler’s attention.“This is the final boarding call for flight 372A to Kansas City. Passengers Erin and Fred Collins please proceed to gate 3 for flight 372A to Kansas City. The doors of the aircraft will close…

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Building the Most Often Neglected Muscle…

Don’t say, “I’m toning my body,” to a true bodybuilder. Even if they don’t use words, the condescending looks on their face will scream lack of respect.  Bodybuilders build their body for a lot of reasons. But building muscle is the focus, not toning.

I’m not a bodybuilder. (Anyone who’s met me is nodding vigorously).  I don’t even qualify for body toning. (More vigorous nodding).  I probably…

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Seeing More than a Collision

Photo by Sonny Abesamis

The stop light says, “Go” at 71st and Sheridan. But before accelerating you look both ways for the driver who didn’t beat the yellow light. Defensive driving, we call it. It’s defined as “driving to save lives, time, and money, in spite of conditions around you and the actions of others.” The aim is to reduce the risks of accidents by “anticipating dangerous situations.”

Defensive driving is…

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What Have You Forgotten?



“What do you do at work?” Howard’s daughter asked.

“I work at the college. My job is to teach people how to draw.”

Staring at him with the wide eyes and mature curiosity of a 7-year-old she had to know, “You mean they forget?”

Do you remember?

Given the pace of your life, the chaos of work, and the distractions of our information…

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What Does Your Team Say About Your Leadership?


Steve Kerr and the Golden State Warriors faced Game 4 of the NBA Finals. Not only is this leader a rookie head coach, but this is actually his first season as a coach at any level.

Golden State has waited forty years for this moment with a championship on the line. His team was down 2 – 1 against the Cleveland Cavaliers.  So, what would you do if…

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What’s Your Pain Tolerance?


Growing pains are often experienced by children and teenagers supposedly when they are growing fast. According to the Mayo Clinic

Growing pains tend to affect both legs and occur at night. In many instances, growing pains will wake a child from sleep. The term “growing pains” may be a misnomer because there’s no evidence that growth hurts.

While there may be “no evidence that growth hurts” in…

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