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Advance, Assess, Repeat.

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64,000 tickets per minute. That is the rate at which Mega Millions tickets were being sold leading up to the historic $1.6 billion in October 2018.   Why? Why did so many of us rush out to purchase a ticket for something that we had a 1 in 175,000,000 chance […]

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What Kind of Boxer are You?

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The best boxing movie ever made is…(drumroll please)… Cinderella Man. You might have thought I was going to say Rocky (or perhaps Rocky II, III, IV, V, or VI), but as much as I love a good Rocky Balboa vs. Apollo Creed showdown, I’m sold on Cinderella Man.  The movie […]

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My Four Filters for Investing

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What’s worth saying yes to? Every foundation and every venture capital firm have to answer this question on a perpetual basis. So do many people this time of the year facing requests for year-end giving show up in the mailbox or the inbox. I’ve been asking and answering this question […]

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My Best Christmas Present Ever

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A really (really) expensive watch, a wilderness fishing trip, a hand painted (literally hand painted) picture from my child, a signed book from one of my heroes. These would certainly all be in the running for the best Christmas present I’ve ever received. But none of them were. Even though […]

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The Evolution of Successful Boards

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Andrew Youn did what most twenty-somethings would do with a great idea: He talked it up to his friends. It was 2006, and 27-year-old Youn had an idea for a new model for equipping the farming poor in Africa to increase profits. Like most entrepreneurs, he simply took the idea […]

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Low Expectations, No Disappointments

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We don’t often expect to be wowed by customer service. Instead, we anticipate the worst. We know with every return or exchange, there will be a fight. We know that we have to look out for ourselves, because no one else is. In our defense, plenty of organizations have done […]

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Stop Running from Rest

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What everyone wants is the very thing that we need more than we realize. Rest. True biblical rest. A real break from the weight and pressure of life and work. It’s interesting, though, that we run from rest, the very thing we want and need so badly. But running from […]

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Creating a Culture of Thankfulness

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“It’s a one-year membership in the Jelly of the Month Club.” These, of course, were the words uttered by Clark Griswold right after opening his Christmas “bonus” and just before he completely lost it, unleashing the most memorable holiday rant in cinematic history. Overworked and Underappreciated  If you’ve ever watched Christmas […]

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The Art of Disagreeing

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It can happen at dinner with family, or chatting with friends at the gym, or maybe just making small talk with a co-worker. Someone registers an opinion or point of view. The chit chat turns up a notch. Before long, though, it becomes increasingly clear that everyone doesn’t quite see […]

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