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No Turkey For You

Many retailers are opening tomorrow to give stuffed families the opportunity to walk off their fill of tryptophan in the store aisles. Sounds kind of crazy, doesn’t it?

Wipe the Ledger Clean to Forgive

The act of forgiveness is often about clearing resentments from the past, perceived and real. That means wiping the ledger, and offering people a second chance.

Want Success? Then Work Hard!

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Last week I spoke at the All Sports United Summit at NCAA headquarters in Indianapolis. It was a great time, and I got to meet several current and former athletes who have built foundations to better their communities.

Smoking cigars and talking with NFL players and Olympians was an eye opening experience.

We were very, very similar in our approaches toward work. Professions aside, we were all type As. Each of us enagaged in a different activity, they the world of competitive sports, me in the blogging and writing world.

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Black and White Romanticism

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Strong opinions throughout the social web bear a resemeblance to  the 19th century romantic movement. Consider the sheer force of emotional passion and righteousness behind espoused ideals.

The romantic movement responded to the constraints of the early industrial era and enlightenment, a way for the mind to break free from the machine. Purity in terror or love or freedom — expressed in art and movements like nationalism — dominated the 19th century psyche.

What’s old is new again, I suppose. That shouldn’t be surprising though.

Today we face a new confining threat to our identities, the digital definition of who we are. Online identity is expressed through the social graph, and the “big data” that it yields.

We confront hard truths about ourselves, including how much or little we are liked, and why.  There’s nothing quite as humbling as realizing people like you for your cute dog instead of your brilliant political expositions.

Ads pushing products and services targeted by behavioral data tell us what we should buy. We fiddle with privacy settings yet find our lives read to us online, searchable, indexed, and found, not by people, but by corporate databases seeking to expand sales.

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Working with Boston in Mind

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It’s late, roughly midnight, and I am settling in after a long night of networking, walking the dog, and putting to bed an excited toddler still up and excited to see her Dad. It’s time to write. After yesterday’s terrible attack in Boston, it did not feel right to publish yet another marketing post.

So here we are, reeling from cruel violence on U.S. soil, most likely a terrorist action.

First, as horrible as it is to watch these events unfold in the news and online, it cannot even come close to experiencing it. My heart and prayers go out to family and friends in the Boston area. Most importantly, my condolences to those families who lost loved ones, or have been directly impacted by the attack.

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Win a Copy of Amazing Things Will Happen

Amazing Things Will Happen
Image by Aliza Sherman

My friend C.C. Chapman released his second book, Amazing Things Will Happen. Continuing a tradition of book give-aways here, the five best answers/comments in response to C.C.’s question will receive a complimentary copy of the book from me (and Amazon).

First, let me say, Amazing Things is a great read about how to make your dreams come true. I thought it was the blogger’s version of the Artist’s Way. Amazing Things is full of ideas and tips to spark, complete and enjoy that next success. It’s a fast and enjoyable read.

Perhaps most importantly, the book sparked me to re-engage in a personal project that I had left fallow for years. I realized the time would never be right unless I made it so. Fate doesn’t just happen, we have to do the leg work. C.C. reminded me that all of my successes were because I ventured forward.

If you don’t believe me, see what the Washington Post had to say about it.

C.C.’s question for you:

What would you love to see more businesses do to make the world better?
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Eliminate Distractions

Missy Franklin, Me and Katie Ledecky
Olympians Missy Franklin, Katie Ledecky and me at last week’s USA Today 30th Birthday bash.

Fathering a child, starting companies, writing books, getting work done, working out… Finding time for all of these things requires discipline and focus.

That’s why over the past couple of years and in particular recent months, I have eliminated distractions wherever possible.

Here are six things I have intentionally nixed from my day-to-day life:
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