Making it Real: What Are You Doing?

Making it RealThis year has been amazing in the people I met and the conversations I’ve had. I learned so much from simply listening. After a challenging time of scheduling one particular call (it took us over 3 months to get our calendars aligned), it was finally the day to connect with Kevin Susman and I am so glad I did. We had no agenda apart from learning about what we are creating in the world. He shared with me that many years ago he had that job everyone wanted, except for him. Don’t get me wrong. He loved what he did but it forced him to choose work over his family. Continue reading

Do You Want to Live in a Cookie Cutter World?

Art = WorkIf your work was more than a job or a place to go, what would you want to create? What world do you want to live in?

My generation has been sold a bill of goods. Here is the story we were sold:

  1. Have lots of friends. Be popular at school.
  2. Get good grades. Graduate.
  3. Get an education. Get a degree or two or three.
  4. Date. Meet good prospects who can provide and find the one that could be a “good” partner.
  5. Get a job so and have a great career.
  6. Marry. Have children. Make sure to have work-life balance.
  7. Climb the corporate ladder. Make sure to have work-life balance. Continue reading

The road to success is always under construction

Closing the Gap Between Talking and DoingWhen you want something bad enough, you will figure out how to make it happen. How badly do you want it? That is the question to work on.

One day I woke up and realized that there is nothing left in the organization that I wanted. I was a c-level executive in a $2+ billion business. There was no promotion. There was no title. There was no project. There was no purpose.I felt like work became a giant vacuum cleaner that kept sucking up my energy. My reward for doing good work was more work.  Continue reading

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