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What I've Been Reading - Fall 2019

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"Reading is essential for those who seek to rise above the ordinary.” – Jim Rohn

Books are my go-to source for inspiration and information in my endeavors. Here are four books that currently inform my journey in developing Creative On Purpose and help me enhances the lives of those who collide with it.

Trillion Dollar Coach: The Leadership Playbook of Silicon Valley's Bill Campbell, by Eric Schmidt et al

Schmidt, former CEO of Google, and his co-authors weave an engaging narrative that highlights the importance of values, trust, and relationships in building and leading teams that make a difference.

The Right Story: A Brief guide to Changing the World, by Bernadette Jiwa

Jiwa provides a pragmatic and effective approach to mastering the art of storytelling to persuade, influence and inspire to help...

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Of Sufficiency and Striving

personal development Oct 14, 2019

Sure, things are pretty much fine just as they are.

So are you for that matter.

And yet...

Things could be made better.

So could you.

Sufficiency is no excuse to settle or stop striving.

How are you stepping into possibility today?

Let's keep flying higher together!

Scott

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The Status Quo Is Not the Enemy (But It Is in the Way)

personal development Oct 04, 2019

The status quo is not the enemy. 

But it is in the way.

Sure, things are just fine as they are. It is what it is. 

At the same time, things can be better.

So can you.

So...

What if you took a look around and at yourself and asked, “What if...?” And then acted as if...?

Just because you and everything else is sufficient doesn’t mean we can’t strive for better.

How can you step into possibility today? Choose and then...step.

Let's keep flying higher together!

Scott

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Do Your Thinking on the Ground

personal development Sep 30, 2019

I don't recall where I heard it, but I love the exhortation to "Do your thinking on the ground."

Maybe it comes from a quote attributed to Theodore Roosevelt, "Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground."

Sure, keep your head in the clouds. Dream big.

But do it with your feet on the ground.

Meaningful change doesn't happen through dreaming, thinking, or learning.

Advancement comes through the activity of striding into possibility step by deliberate step.

Let's keep flying higher together!

Scott

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What does it take to make a difference?

What does it take to make a difference?

It helps if you’ve considered the Ancient Greek aphorism, “Know thyself."

You also need to see things as they are. What’s within your control? What’s not?

Most things are not within your control, but some are within your influence. There are always possibilities to choose from.

And to make a difference you must choose and then step into possibility.

If you do that repeatedly with and for others with intention and integrity, you can help make things better.

Are you ready to make a difference? Let's go!

And let's keep flying higher together.

Scott

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“That’s the gig."

"What man actually needs is not a tensionless state but rather the striving and struggling for some goal worthy of him." - Viktor Frankl

Work worth doing is fraught. There will be delays, obstacles, misfortune, and failure. 

No amount of learning, preparation, or practice can prepare you for how to handle hardship. Only experience teaches the virtues of acceptance, patience, humility, and resilience. All of these are required to remain resolved and committed to work worthy of your time, talent, and effort.

If the work you seek to do is important. If it's going to make things better. If it's going to enhance the lives of others while you're cultivating excellence through it. It will be hard and, the effort will be worth it whether or not you succeed.

That's the gig.

Striving doesn't require suffering. But it rewards the will to embrace challenges. Accept that, and you can lean into all of this with passion, purpose, and a determined smile.

Let's keep flying...

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"I'm sorry that you feel that way.” (And Other Lies We Tell)

personal development Sep 02, 2019

You're in a conversation or an email or text exchange. You say or write something that unintentionally, or unconsciously, or otherwise causes injury. The person on the receiving end expresses that they feel hurt or harmed.

And so you say, "I'm sorry that you feel that way."

Let's be clear. "I'm sorry that you feel that way," is not an apology. It's a non-apology. It’s a refusal to accept or even consider that you contributed to what just happened.

Sure, maybe you've been misunderstood or misinterpreted. Or perhaps you're ignorant or unaware. But that doesn't mean you're off the hook.

This is not a time for righteousness and outrage. This is an opportunity to practice kindness, compassion, and selflessness. This is a chance to make things better and move forward.

Need some help with framing an appropriate apology? Try the 4 "Rs" of an Intentional, Meaningful, and Healing Apology.

Let's keep flying higher together!

Scott

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Want to get going? Get guided!

personal development Sep 02, 2019

In your endeavor, what are the values on which you won't compromise? What are the principles that serve as your north star?

Here are some of the guiding principles I lean on in my work at Creative on Purpose.

Values:

  • Integrity - knowing who I am.
  • Intention - knowing what I'm here to do.

Guiding Principles:

  • Curiosity - question what is and how to make it better.
  • Commitment - the will to work and persevere.
  • Creativity - consider what better can look like.
  • Courage - the willingness to leap and lean into possibility.
  • Contribution - work with and for others.

What are your core values and guiding principles?

Let's keep flying higher together!

Scott

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Serve the Soul, Not the Signal

When someone is celebrating an achievement or sharing a moment of joy, the signals sent are clear and easy to read.

When someone is anxious, angry, fearful, or suffering, the signals they send can be conflated, confusing, and conflicted.

When confronted or engaging with someone who's in anguish, it's easy to get sucked into reacting to those signals or rejecting them. A more compassionate approach is to not lose sight of the soul on the other side. A hurting human is sending those signals.

The suffering signal sender is an imperfect soul striving and struggling. Someone just like you.

These moments don't call for tough love. Theses are moments for practicing real love.

“Kindness is invincible, but only when it’s sincere, with no hypocrisy or faking. What can even the most vicious person do if you keep treating him with kindness and gently set him straight - if you get the chance correcting him cheerfully at the exact moment that he’s trying to do...

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What legacy will you leave?

"Think of yourself as dead. You have lived your life. Now take what’s left and live it properly." - Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, 7.56

When your time on earth is done, who will remember you? How will you be remembered? What will you be remembered for? 

Too often we treat legacy like a social media profile, something that can be contrived and crafted. If you have means, you might believe legacy is something you can save up or set aside funds for, a commodity that can be bought through a trust or donation.

But in the end, your legacy is based solely on who you are, how you are, and what you do right now.

Live now. Do all you can now. Be the best you that you can be now. Share all you that you can now.

That's the best way to confront mortality, "live" beyond the grave and leave a legacy worth remembering.

These thoughts on legacy are deeply influenced by a conversation I had with my friend Chris Gill, Emeritus Professor of Ancient Thought at Exeter...

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