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Maya Making: Lessons from a Post 9-5 World

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“There is no place in this new kind of physics for the field and matter, for the field is the only reality”  – Albert Einstein

I used to believe institutions, and society as a whole, would help me gain perspective and create meaning in my life.  They would define the limits of possibility, and provide the rules and principles I would need to be fulfilled, grow, and prosper.

How long have I been sleeping on that bed of nails?  ...

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Why Business Growth = Belief In Your Own Purpose

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“The Market for Something to Believe In Is Infinite.”
Hugh Macleod

If you attend a River Dogs baseball game in Charleston, SC (home of the New York Yankees Single “A” farm team), you’ll no doubt encounter a man named “Tony the Peanut Man”.

He’s an older gentleman with a smile as wide as the distance between first ...

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A Compelling Message & Vision

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Remember those alcohol education/awareness programs back in high school and college?  I remember two things about them.  The first was an overwhelming feeling that the people involved in the programs were frightfully disconnected from me.  The second was an amusing “beer goggle” activity designed to simulate a certain blood alcohol level.  It was memorable, but it didn’t change my behavior.

College campuses across the country struggle mightily with alcohol and drug abuse on campus, and their challenges remind me of an ...

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The Power of Perception

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I was venting to a friend of mine the other day about my two young boys.  “I’m exhausted”, I told her. “Every day I come home from work and chase children for hours on end.  It’s an exercise in herding kittens!  Both boys wait at the door to compete for my time and affection.  When the kids finally get to bed, my wife and I collapse and wonder what just happened.”

As I shared these stories I thought my friend would ...

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The Intellectual Integrity of Commitment

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Drinking coffee with friends, I loved myself dearly.  We all did really.  We would talk for hours about the meaning of life, referencing Kierkegaard, Camus, Dostoevsky, or any number of courageous thinkers we admired.  And I remember looking upon issue after issue with cool detachment as if I were a scientist observing what I saw from a microscope.  We’d examine different schools of thought and discuss their positive points and subsequent weaknesses for hours on end.  And while this experience ...

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The Art of Science

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“I don’t give a damn for a man who can only spell a word one way.”  – Mark Twain

It’s easy to lionize art.  The mere mention of it conjures up images of freedom and creativity.  Science…not so much.  And yet, both science and art are essential.  Each gives life to the other.

Many moons ago, medieval mapmakers depicted dragons on the far edges of their maps. Hic sunt dracones (“Here be dragons!”), they warned.  Now that’s one hell of a ...

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