Homeless but Classy

Boston artist Kenji Kayayama has started creating high-quality, hand painted signs to replace makeshift cardboard posters typically used by homeless people.  Their original art is used and they are given an opportunity to tell their story.   It seems many of the homeless are trying to find their voice as much as they are trying to solicit for money. Can you imagine the frustration in being homeless?  Not only is there the need to find food and a place to sleep but it often is the ultimate in feeling like a failure. What do you think is the most helpful … Read More

The 5% Challenge

I am very intentional about my use of time, working from a schedule that I create weeks in advance.  But that does not mean that I work head down for 8 hours without taking a break.  I once worked with a high-level financial executive that told me for 26 years at his previous company he had worked “head down, pencil up.”  And he was dreadfully out of touch with currents trends and opportunities. Instead of working “head down” even 8 hours straight, I suggest you build in time for “head up.”  In Disciplined Dreaming, Josh Linkner outlines his 5% Challenge.  … Read More

Help us with a name and win this beautiful eagle

Give us a great name and you could be the proud owner of this bronze eagle replica.  Read on….   Do we serve best from a full cup or an empty cup?  People often spiritualize having nothing – that somehow living in poverty is more Godly than having plenty. And yet we know a pure heart and an empty bank account can’t feed the hungry or build a school in Uganda. I recently did a 5 minute video to demonstrate the different ways we may view having “enough.”  I hope you find it stimulating and inspiring. Giving from a full … Read More

You’re a donkey if you think like this……

I trust you are ready for Thanksgiving – for being thankful for everything we enjoy. Lots of things happening in the 48 Days community – but first: I heard about a donkey that was tied to a 6’ rope.  Unfortunately, there was a tasty bale of hay just 8’ away.  How could this poor donkey ever get to eat that hay? Before we suggest a solution – let’s look at some of the exciting things 48 Days community members are doing right now: *********************************** Todd and Emily Marriott are running a contest for a free custom song (ready in time for … Read More

I think you stink when you do your best work

Creativity, if carried through to something meaningful, can provide personal satisfaction, fame and wealth. Many of you are working on being more “creative,” knowing that can open the door to the future you want.  A whole bunch of you will be here for our next Innovate Event – where we will be working as a group to release more creativity. Here’s an interesting piece from Robert Greene’s new book – Mastery. “One day, the writer and polymath Johann Wolfgang von Goethe made a curious discovery about the creative process of his friend, the great German writer Friedrich Schiller.  Paying a … Read More

This is a no-brainer!

Okay, we keep hearing more and more about “left brain” or “right brain” people. Left brain dominant individuals are more orderly, literal, articulate, and to the point. They are good at understanding directions and anything that is explicit and logical. They can have trouble comprehending emotions and abstract concepts, they can feel lost when things are not clear, doubting anything that is not stated and proven. Right brain dominant individuals are more visual and intuitive. They are better at summarizing multiple points, picking up on what’s not said, visualizing things, and making things up. They can lack attention to detail, … Read More

The “adjacent possibility”

A few years ago biologist and researcher Stuart Kauffman came up with a term he called “the adjacent possible.”  It’s a complex theory but here’s a simple way to look at it.  Think of being in a house that magically expands with every door you open.  You walk into a room and see three more doors leading out.  Once you open one of those doors you enter another room with another three doors leading to yet new rooms.  Keep opening doors and eventually you’ll realize you’re in an expanding palace. Let’s say you’re preparing your Sunday School lesson for 4th … Read More

The 5% Challenge

I am very intentional about my use of time, working from a schedule that I create weeks in advance.  But that does not mean that I work head down for 8 hours without taking a break.  I once worked with a high-level financial executive that told me for 26 years at his previous company he had worked “head down, pencil up.”  And he was dreadfully out of touch with currents trends and opportunities. Instead of working “head down” even 8 hours straight, I suggest you build in time for “head up.”  In Disciplined Dreaming, Josh Linkner outlines his 5% Challenge.  … Read More

I Don’t Have Enough Time??

The biggest deterrent I hear to starting a new business, writing a new book, becoming an expert in one area, or moving up the ladder of achievement in any way is – “I don’t have enough time.”  I just got the Nov/Dec issue of The Futurist magazine.  In an article on How Americans Spend Their Time it reports a recent Bureau of Labor Statistics survey.  Among other findings it shows: Watching television remains the single most common and most time-consuming leisure activity among Americans.  Both men and women spend an average of 2.6 hours per day surfing channels from the … Read More

Creativity — Enhanced or Numbed?

Yesterday in my Wednesday morning Eagles Group we were discussing the rapid changes in technology.  Some of the guys in this reading/brainstorming group now come in with their electronic readers rather than carrying the physical book.  And they may have their entire library in this one device.  Personally I still like the look and feel of a “real” book but others are telling me I’m nothing but a dinosaur.   Here is a picture of my youngest granddaughter (Clara Isabel) – who turned ONE last Monday.  See what she has in her hand?  It’s the Sansa Shaker MP3 player Joanne and … Read More