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50 A Broken Rose And A Serving Of Crow

eating crow

This post is a departure from my usual. Normally, I try to teach in my posts. Usually, it’s a business lesson. Today, I’d like to share a life lesson I was taught just hours ago.

I sincerely love people – although at times they are a major source of angst in my life.

But at the end of the day, if I’m paying attention, they always provide me with some sort of life lesson.

My career is fast moving, full of long hours, planes, airports, and hotels. My success in this career is absolutely and utterly dependent upon efficiency.
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21 In The Deed, The Glory

As I sit in my hotel room in New Orleans, sipping complimentary merlot from what appears to be a juice glass, I am suddenly struck with a huge wave of gratitude.

This week I met a ton of new people. I extensively interviewed five of them, and it took me until after dark tonight to finish. And you know what? I loved it. I loved the whole experience.

Not that interviewing strangers is always (or even often) interesting, but it puts a lot of things in perspective. I met five people who sincerely wanted to better themselves, improve their lives, and help others.

And the small part I played in the process will give one of them the opportunity to do just that. What an amazing honor. I mean that.


Gratitude: What You Do Matters

Banker, cop, dry cleaner, bartender, garbage collector, or doctor…you make someone’s life better. And reciprocally, those who you serve make your life better.
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7 Why You Need To Scrap THEIR Blueprint And Draw Up Your Own

Scrap The Blueprint.

Maybe you haven’t heard it called “the blueprint” – that’s my word for it. But you know very well what I’m referring to. It’s the way they tell you to live your life.

(Whoever “they” are.)

Work should look like this…
Education should look like this…
Here are the things you should be focused on…
Here are the things that you are allowed to enjoy…

We have all been conditioned to march to someone else’s drummer.

We have lived lives according to someone else’s blueprint.

It’s time to stop doing what others tell you is best for you and to start doing what you know is best for you.

“He who trims himself to suit everyone will soon whittle himself away.”
~ Raymond Hull

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1 Money And Happiness: Enemies or Companions?

There are days when recurring theme just hits you upside the head over and over. Today, everywhere I turned people and events reminded me of the concept of happiness vs. money.

It began as soon as I woke up. I rolled out of bed and staggered to my hotel room door to find my complimentary copy of USA Today sitting on the floor outside the threshold.

I bent over to grab the paper and as I stood up, a nice lady was walking by. She looked at me, smiled big and said, “Good morning!” I was still a bit out of it, but I managed a raspy, “good morning” in return.

I thought, “Weird. She seemed really happy to see me.” When I walked into the bathroom and looked up at the mirror, I figured out why.

She wasn’t happy – she was laughing at my bed head. I couldn’t help but think to myself that I looked like Kramer from Seinfeld if he put on 60 or 70 extra pounds. I laughed, too.


Happy Faces Across America

When I looked at the front page of USA today, I saw a map of the United States entirely covered by little yellow smiley faces. The headline was If Money Doesn’t Buy Happiness, What Does?
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2 How To Boost Other’s Productivity In Seconds

No matter who you are, you are looked up to by at least one person. Possibly many people. It could be your child, your friend, your co-worker, or maybe even your boss.

Why not make a conscious, concerted effort to make their day? Not only does it make them feel good, but it can help to make them more productive.


It’s Not Just Nice

I’m pretty proud of being fluff-free here at Reboot Authentic, and I stand by that with this post.

I would argue that a few seconds of positive feedback isn’t just a nice thing to do, it’s also a legit, concrete method of getting things done.

Think of a time when someone who you admired told you that they appreciated something you were doing, thanked you for doing a good job, or complimented you in some way. I’ll wager it gave you a huge energy and confidence boost, didn’t it? Afterward you were likely more productive, too.
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2 10 Powerful Tips For Generating Great Ideas

At times, it’s hard to get the creative process started. Other times, we can get stymied by all of the information that we’ve taken in.

If you have ever had trouble coming up with new ideas – or experienced creative block, these 10 Power Tips will get you on the road to generating tons of new, fresh ideas.

1. Diligently Collect Information

To use and process information more efficiently than other people do, you have to gather and save information more efficiently than other people do. Makes sense, right?

Here’s the deal. Most people might read an article and get an idea from it that applies to a project they’re currently working on. Then what do they do? They make a metal note of it and go on with their day. They might remember it and do something with it later, or they may not.

If you want to routinely turn out high quality and high quantity content, you need to keep track of that information permanently – not only for whatever short-term project you’re working on, but also for future projects you haven’t even thought of yet.

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6 It’s Time To Conquer Your Oppressor


Hopefully all of you will be enjoying your family on Independence Day. I know I will.

But before we all go off and do that, I had a thought I wanted to share.

What It’s All About

CheersWe celebrate this holiday to commemorate a day long ago when our forefathers officially declared our nation’s independence from an oppressor – Great Britain.

If it’s been a while since you have read a history text, you should know that they didn’t just sign the Declaration of Independence and run off to a bar for some brewskis and fist-bumps.

The war was still on. In fact, our country continued to fight through our first two Independence Days.
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4 5 Steps To Eating A Frog

(Or…5 Steps To Prioritizing Tasks)

If your life is anything like mine, it’s fast-paced and busy.

As we progress in our professional lives and as we age (not that I’d know about that), we quickly come to realize that one of the most valuable resources in our lives is time. It’s something we need to make the most of while we still have it.

If I only had more time.
Where did the time go?

When you get really busy, winging it is no longer effective. Here are some task prioritizing tips that help me make sure I’m getting all my important tasks done. Give it a try. Continue reading

5 The Amazing Power Of Empathy

In sales, business, and life in general – there are many skills, traits, and qualities that you should adopt and practice if you want to be a success. Things like persistence, patience, creativity, honesty, integrity, and a thousand more that we read about in all those business and personal development books.

While all of those traits are important, there is one key trait…wait, no – skill that is the building block of success in all types of relationships. The literal foundation of succeeding in just about anything you hope to master.
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1 Maybe You Just Need A Good Butt-Kicking

At various times throughout a person’s life, an occasion arises in which said person is due a big, ugly butt-kicking. Not a literal physical fustigation, mind you – but a comeuppance…a hard lesson…failure…a loss.

Making a mistake here or there (and being forced to deal with the consequences) is good for you.

Granted, not all mistakes are good things. Certain mistakes are always bad. For instance, say – bomb technicians or surgeons or maybe those guys who juggle chainsaws.

(Quick…name three people who you never want to hear say, “Whoops!”)

But for the rest of us, mistakes and failures are actually good things. They allow us to analyze, learn, and improve. Continue reading