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Monthly Archives: August 2012

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What Rosa Parks Can Teach Us About Changing the World

As a child growing up in an urban environment, my initial awareness of the civil rights movement was from a purely historical context. My immediate family and neighborhood reflected cultural diversity, and I projected that onto the rest of the world. Acceptance was all I knew. It wasn't until I moved to a rural area that I realized that wasn't the case everywhere. Those experiences in my teenage years both troubled and transformed me into a lifelong student of how societies evolve. Charles Duhigg's recent book The Power of Habit includes a riveting discussion of the role habit plays in successful movements. In the first case study, Duhigg explores the Montgomery Bus Boycott from a fascinating and surpisingly insightful perspective. Rosa Parks was not merely symbolic of a larger movement. She was its epicenter, and quite possibly, one of the few individuals capable of doing so. If not for her actions in the decades previous to her refusal to stand on that December Thursday in 1955, the Montgomery Bus Boycott and its ripple effects might never have happened.

The Simple Way To Be Happier, Healthier, and Wealthier

Most of us have a complicated relationship with sleep, and our cultural norms don't help either. It's common practice to share with friends and coworkers about how little sleep we can function on. Often, we wear the martyr badge proudly, sharing the sacrifice we're making in support of a nobler goal. Would we do the same if we'd been out drinking? Probably not. But the effects are nearly identical and sometimes worse. That's right. If you've had less than four hours sleep for a few nights in a row, you might as well be drunk. You're functionally intoxicated. Ouch. Let's set our beer goggles aside for a bit and focus on a few other myths.

On Being a Superhero with David Crandall

I have a soft spot for superheroes. From Rainbow Brite to Inspector Gadget and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, I grew up believing that they could save the world. Now, I know that all of us have superpowers - but not all of us claim and use them. We need to change that. I first discovered David Crandall when his Anti-Resume Manifesto went viral. When a casual Twitter post mentioned that he was accepting new clients, I jumped at the chance to work with him on a key presentation. Somewhere along the way, I realized that his superpowers were, in fact, real. His x-ray vision and telepathy have pulled project ideas from within our team that we didn't even know existed. And he's certainly consumed all that's written about our organization's history in the few short months we've been working together.

Learn How To Be Everywhere with Sarah Zink

If there’s anyone I know that lives up to Pat Flynn’s advice to “be everywhere,” it’s Sarah Zink. I decided to catch up with her and find out how she balances it all. Today, we’ll uncover how she juggles so many projects without ever seeming to drop a ball. Learn how Sarah hits the ground running and knocks out her most important items before most of us eat breakfast. She also reveals her systems and strategy for juggling a daily radio show, launching an online network, writing a book, consulting, and enjoying life.

Dare To Be a Light in the World: 10 Habits That Matter

Do you believe that you were put on this earth for a reason? I do. I believe that if you’re alive to read this, you still have a mission to accomplish. You may not realize it, but you have a light to shine. Without it, someone else lives in the dark. But many of us aren’t shining very brightly. Stress and health problems dominate our lives. Overflowing inboxes and paperwork paralyze us. Incessant entertainment crowds out any original thoughts. A plethora of surface relationships prevent us from having deep, meaningful ones. We’ve dimmed our lights because we can’t overcome the challenges of modern life. We barely have enough energy to get ourselves through another day, much less empower someone else. It doesn’t have to be that way.

How Farnoosh Brock Left a Six-Figure Career and Never Looked Back

In addition to studying historical profiles, there's significant value in learning from others that have achieved success more recently. We can ask meaningful questions directly instead of synthesizing anecdotes from previous material. More than that, we can gain insights that are particularly relevant in modern times. Today, I'm excited to introduce you to Farnoosh Brock, a Fortune 100 executive that successfully made the transition to entrepreneur and hasn't looked back. She's also managed to grow her business while improving her health and marriage - two key areas where many entrepreneurs stumble. In this interview, we'll learn how she redefined success for herself and built her business without sacrificing her other priorities. We'll also learn about the areas where she's still looking to grow.

How John F. Kennedy Used Discipline and Creativity to Become President

Much has been written about the 35th President of the United States, John F. Kennedy. To many, he is regarded as one of the greatest leaders in American history. Others are disappointed by the disconnect between his private life and public persona. Regardless, it is clear that he overcame significant personal challenges to achieve election to the highest office in America. It is through that lens that we'll offer insights into his particular recipe of habits. Growing up in extreme privilege certainly had its benefits, and a young Jack Kennedy did not hesitate to enjoy them. However, wealth and connections alone can not explain his success. It was borne of an innovative combination of personal discipline and situational creativity. And later in life, at the pinnacle of success, new adaptions would be needed to effectively carry out the duties of his office. Again, Kennedy would be up to the challenge.

What I Learned from a Shower Curtain

One of my friends advocates taking cold showers for a month. Another decided to wear only 7 items of clothing for 7 days. And one is determined to visit every country in the world before his 35th birthday. (Yes, even the scary ones.) What's behind all of this craziness? They've all realized that a life of constant comfort is numbing. A little pain reminds you that you're alive. A few days of discomfort leads to renewed gratitude. For me, it was the shower curtain.