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Always End Things Well Because How Things End Is How They’re Remembered

While most of us like to focus on the beginning of things (the start of a new day, the first date, the first kiss, the start of a business, the beginning of a conversation with someone, the first day of a new job, the first day of school, the start of a vacation, etc.), the […]

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Don’t Fear Critique. Invite and Welcome It Into Your Life

Of all the life lessons, this will probably be one of the most difficult ones for you to implement. Why? Because, like all of us, you have a natural bias/instinct for self-preservation. Whenever someone critiques you (a teacher/parent/friend/boss/coach/rival/enemy, etc.), you’ll probably see it as an “attack” on you. And the natural thing to do when […]

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An Apology with a Reason Isn’t Really an Apology

It’s rather difficult to get through a day, let alone a week, without doing or saying something that offends/hurts/bothers/disappoints/frustrates/inconveniences, etc. someone else. That’s just life. We have goals. They have goals. And rarely are we all in sync. Your parents want you to clean your room. You want to hang out with your friends. Your […]

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95% Is 5% Too Short

Most people are content with doing less than a 100%. They’ll do “just enough” and be happy with that—but “just enough” is not enough if you want to be at a top performer (whether that’s at work at home at church or for a non-profit). In fact, let me give you a real life example of this […]

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Practice 10-10-2-20 And You’ll Be Set Financially

As you go through life, you’ll quickly discover that most people struggle with money and finances–and this tends to be true regardless of how much money they make. So, if you’d like to avoid that, you’ll want to follow a simple formula that, if followed, will ensure that you’ll never be in bondage to money and […]

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There Is No Success Without Sacrifice

As I’ve mentioned before, most people like the idea of being better or being more successful or being fit or being happy or being in a great relationship—but they don’t really want those things—despite what they might say. Why do I say that? Because they’re not willing to do what’s necessary to obtain the very thing […]

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Forget Being On Time. Be Early!

The vast majority of your life, you’re going to need to be somewhere at a certain time. It may be for class or for a meeting. It may be for church or for dinner. It may be for a party or for an interview. Or it may be for an appointment or for an athletic […]

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Do The Thing You Don’t Want to Do First

Every day you get up there will be things you don’t want to do. It might be that you don’t want to go to school or work. It might be that you don’t want to pay your taxes. It might be that you don’t want to do the dishes. It might be that you don’t […]

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Slow Is Better Than Fast In Dating

When I was in college, I came across a book that radically changed my thoughts on dating. It was entitled, “Too Close, Too Soon.” Up to that point, I was a typical guy who thought that “close” and “soon” were two very positively related terms. Afterwards, not so much. And though it’s been a couple of […]

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