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From Ambitious Student to Sensational Leader

Strategic Unavailability

We’ve all been there. Working really hard and completely on task, when, suddenly, our phone buzzes. Who can resist peeking at the text? Maybe it’s Sarah, asking for some help with the math homework, or James, who needs you to proofread his essay. When there are nearly 8 billion people in the...

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Ditch Resolutions, Develop Habits!

New Year’s is an exciting time. Amidst a break from school, everyone stays up late and enjoys brilliant fireworks. New Year’s is also the turning of a page. It’s a chance to start anew. And so, as the New Year begins, we make resolutions. ‘I’m going to lose weight,’ we say. ‘I’m going to read...

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My Digital Detox

American culture is all about right now. Think about digital entertainment. 10 to 15 years ago, you might drive to a Hollywood Video or Blockbuster, just to rent a movie. Then we got Redbox, which offered a similar service but was conveniently located in places we already visited. Now even...

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The Importance of Reset Seasons

Life is lived in seasons. We go through childhood, young adulthood, parenthood, and beyond. Within each season, there are phases as well. Childhood can easily be broken up by schooling, from elementary school to middle school and into high school. Once again, those phases can be narrowed even...

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How To Radically Increase Productivity by Changing Where You Work

Our brains are marvelous tools. It only makes sense, then, that we learn to best use them. By capitalizing on our minds’ natural affinities, we can increase our efficiency and our success. One of our brains’ tendencies is to be associative. We see it all the time in relationships. With some...

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Your Relationship Bank Account

Social media, for as much as it gets dragged through the mud, is amazing! Yes, it easily eats up an absurd amount of time, but the ability to reconnect with old friends and network with new ones is unparalleled. Yesterday, as part of my college essay writing process, I wound up talking...

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Intentional Exuberance

Imagine you’re in a new social setting. There are a few people around you, but most of them keep to themselves, remaining quiet and observing. Then there’s that one extrovert, starting conversations and laughing as he goes. At some point, he ends up chatting with you. He asks engaging questions,...

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My Favorite Time Management Concept: The Eisenhower Matrix

Today we’re just going to jump right in. No story, just a really powerful concept. I present to you, the Eisenhower Matrix! Now, it’s pretty self-explanatory, but I’ll elaborate just to make sure we’re all on the same page. As you can see, the Eisenhower Matrix is made up of four...

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Your Pain of Choice

Life is full of choices. From silly slogans like, ‘take off your shoes or sweep the floor,’ to very real decisions of, ‘go to college or get a job,’ we make decisions all the time. What fascinates me more than the choices we intentionally make, however, are the ones we unconsciously fall into....

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Act In 20 Seconds Of Crazy Courage

Considering how much I read, it’s ironic that one of my first insights on leadership came from the 2011 movie, We Bought a Zoo. Throughout the movie, a frequent motif is acting in ‘20 seconds of crazy courage.’ Cliche? Probably. Impactful? Most definitely. In my own life, I recently witnessed...

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