I’ve worked in roles where I didn’t quite fit in.

The culture wasn’t quite right for me and I wasn’t spending my energy on activities that matched my skills.

It was a great place, with great people, but it wasn’t right for me, certainly not in the long-term.

I was a square peg trying to fit into a round hole.

Is that you?

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This week, the Boston Celtics took first spot in the Eastern Conference from reigning champions, the Cleveland Cavaliers (and then promptly lost it again).

When asked about this accomplishment, coach Brad Stevens had this to say,

“It doesn’t mean a whole lot right now.  

The whole idea is to make progress and get better every day and try and stay in the moment.  You do that whether you are in last place or trying to build up or whether you are in position for fighting for seeding.   Read the rest of this entry »

I want to encourage you today to expect the best from yourself.

To not be satisfied with good enough.

To find meaningful work that matches your capabilities and challenges you to grow.

To surround yourself with people who set the bar high.

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Michael Jordan was left out of his high school basketball team, but despite his rejection he became arguably the greatest basketball player ever.

Oprah Winfrey was fired as a TV anchor at age 23 and was told that she was not a good fit for television, but despite her rejection, she went on to become one of the most watched personalities in the history of television.

Steve Jobs was fired from the company he created, but despite his rejection, he returned to Apple years later to transform it into one of the iconic brands in the world.

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So, you want to differentiate yourself from your competition.

Sometimes, it’s tempting to imagine that to stand out from the crowd will take an extraordinary achievement that makes people sit back and say, “Wow!”

But I’m not sure that it’s quite that dramatic.  In fact, in a culture of short attention spans, unreliability and a lack of resilience there are a few simple things you can do that will help you stand head and shoulders above the rest. Read the rest of this entry »

I wrote a post that was really bad and tanked.

I’ll get the next one.

I took a call from a potential client, but was unable to close the deal and get them booked in.

I’ll get the next one.

I tried to teach my kids an important life principle, but it didn’t quite work out the way I had planned.

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Over the years, I’ve spoken in a wide range of contexts, including schools, churches, corporate seminars, Rotary Clubs and community groups, with sizes ranging from a handful to hundreds.

And of course, this blog is read by people from all walks of life and from all over the world.

In every audience that I’m either speaking or writing to, there is one thing in common.

Without exception, every audience has someone with the potential to change the world in a remarkable way.

It could be the 5 year old girl, sitting wide-eyed in the front row.

Or the cynical high school student sitting closer to the back.

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In between doing the work.

And the interactions with clients (the nice ones and the rude ones).

And the taxi driving for the kids.

And helping them with their homework.

And the exercise.

And the writing.

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Karen and I were just discussing this issue a couple of days ago, when I stumbled across this quote from South Carolina basketball coach, Frank Martin:

“You know what makes me sick to my stomach?  

When I hear grown people say that kids have changed.  

Kids haven’t changed.  Kids don’t know anything about anything.   Read the rest of this entry »

Since I finished school in 1989 (yes, I’m that old), and before starting my own business, I have worked for 4 organisations.  I worked for a major bank, a telecommunications company and two different church denominations.  In most of those organisations, I held multiple roles and had the privilege of working with, and for, some great people.

As I reflect upon my career, I can honestly say that I loved each of the jobs that I had.  There may have been aspects of these roles that I didn’t enjoy, or that didn’t match my skills, but overall, they were positive experiences that taught me a lot and prepared me for where I am today.

But if I genuinely loved them, why did I move on?

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