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Martin Luther King and Holly Berries

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Sometimes it takes a long time for dreams to bear fruit. We all know that Martin Luther King had a dream. It has been 50 years since he shared it with us. In Just Blow It Up, I shared the story of speaking to an audience on Martin Luther King Day and having to follow an almost perfect rendition of the “I Have a Dream” speech. The moment when I took that stage, tears still stinging in my eyes and the iconic words still ringing in my ears, will always be one of the richest and most memorable moments in my speaking career. I really didn’t know what I could say that would not pale next to that bright hopeful thing that was the dream he left for us. Then I remembered a story of my own. One from...

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Can Your Inner Artist Save Your Life (or at least your bacon?)

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  I’ve had a lot of days this last year when I felt a lot like this old typewriter. Worthless, rusty, archaic and unable to create anything at all. When you’re a writer, that sucks. Because writers are, by preference if not definition, artists. And artists are, supposedly anyway, creative by nature. So when my creative nature starts feeling like an old friend whose address I’ve gone and lost, I experience an identity crisis. I begin to question what I’m going to do, if I cannot create. Because every aspect of what I do – writing blogs and books, holding conversations with audiences,  group or individual coaching – requires that I be able to create. So I begin to question how I’m going to pay the bills, if I cannot create. I begin to question what I’m worth, if...

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How Big is Big Enough?

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If I hear one more person say “If your dreams/goals/vision doesn’t scare you half to death it’s because it isn’t big enough.”

THAT would make me scream.

Not because there’s no truth in it. But because, like so many axioms, it’s only the tip of the truth iceberg.

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Just As I Am

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  One of the little “doses of dynamite” that I’ve jotted down in my journal says: “If I have to be someone I’m not in order to do what I want to do then I need to reexamine either what I want or who I think I am.” I don’t share these musings from my journals as Daily Dose of Dynamite emails until I’m ready to unpack them, and this one wasn’t ready to be unpacked. Until now. On a group coaching call this morning with my Dynamite U members, we talked about an opportunity one of our members had been given. We discussed how she could make it more successful and how she would define success. And she said to me, “I know a lot of people think I should be doing this, or doing that, but I’m...

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What Are You Celebrating?

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Those of you who have read this blog for some time already know that I was raised in a home without Christmas. Yes, my parents were Christian. But their sect observed none of the religious holidays. Why? Well as it was explained to me (many times over, this was hard for me to accept) the traditions observed as part of Christian holidays were actually borrowed from pagan rites. And we most emphatically were not to be performing anything that bore even the faintest resemblance to a pagan rite. Besides, they added, a true Christian celebrates the events and the spirit of these holidays every day, not just on days designated by some random person or persons. I have, since then, celebrated many traditions that I’m sure were derived from pagan rites. I’ve celebrated new moons and full moons, lit...

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Belief Systems and Effective Communication (by Bob Burg)

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I’ve been excited for months, looking forward to sharing this wisdom with you. And finally, Adversaries Into Allies: Win People Over Without Manipulation or Coercion, is making it’s debut! It was written by a dear friend and trusted mentor whom I am sure you all know, Bob Burg.  He describes it as “the book I was born to write,” and even though I will always love The Go-Giver and know that Bob embodies that book in every way, after reading an early copy of Adversaries Into Allies, I agree. This book is the very essence of Bob. The following excerpt is, of course, used by permission. ————————- Why is it so often the case that, what we’re absolutely sure we know…turns out to be wrong? Because, we make decisions based on very limited information; information controlled by our personal...

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