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Stop … Ball Thief!

This kind of thing shouldn’t bother me, but it did. No, my website didn’t go down. My dogs $7 ball got stolen at the dog beach. As soon as we got to the dog beach, I was greeted by some of the usual dog walkers. Cain was antsy and dancing side to side; eyes locked on me, waiting with anticipation …

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Listening to Your Why

Today, a friend asked me how many hours I work per day. This question makes me chuckle. I wish there were a straightforward answer for this. Damn you 4-Hour Work Week for making people think I wake up at noon with messy hair and blog in my underwear all day. Okay, yes I’ve done that. But, I also get the other …

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Why You Should Let People Pay You For What You Know

Have you ever asked a painter how they do it? Really… It’s pretty amazing when you think about it. Gentle strokes by the tip of their brush eventually brings the blank canvas to life. They get lost in the moment in a flow state where nothing else around them exists. Other painters might not be that impressed because they understand. Maybe …

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Buying a One Way Ticket to Bali

Johnny told me to “just do it”… It was just over one year ago I was sitting at my desk in my Chicago talking to him on the phone. Alternating between glancing at my computer screen and out the window of my top floor apartment, taking in the perfect late summer day. But Chicago is not California, and every Chicagoan …

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The Destructive Habit of Comparing Ourselves to Others

They had just pulled Neil on stage… “At 21 just years old, Neil has already made $100,000 in income. If this 21-year-old kid can do it, why can’t you?” the presenter suggested. It was just a few months earlier when Neil and I had met as a result of being in the same direct sales business. We were selling real …

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Working In a Cheese Factory

Back in college, I remember getting a call from my best friend, Anthony. It was about to be summer of my Junior year studying Finance. I was living in a house with seven other dudes. The end of one of the most fun years of my life. The previous summer, I was building custom cabinetry for this guy Jerry in …

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When we have nothing to hide…

When we have nothing to hide, we are free. Disappearing is an image we must hold up to. Caring about what other people think of us fades. It’s a weight off our chest. We can breathe in peace. Loving ourselves is the only way we can ever be free. True freedom. Like accepting ourselves for all our silly quirks. Be …