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Why I Left My Job to Travel The World

I left my job a year ago to travel the world. I’m writing this point to share my experience, in the hope that it helps other readers who are going through a similar situation make sense of it all. There is no one-size-fits-all answer to the decision for staying in or leaving a job, particularly …

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Howdy, Some of you may have read on my Set Higher Standards blog that I’m starting a 1:1 coaching practice to support people in advancing their careers and businesses. This is a true passion of mine, and am taking some steps to make it a reality. If you have any desire to advance your career …

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Dream – Motivational Video

This video, “Dream” by Mateusz M, has over 15 million views on Youtube and for good reason. Every now and then I browse YouTube for inspiration. This one is a gem. The music, words and video clips are not only highly motivating, they are inspiring. Film clips represented are from some of my favorite movies: Into …

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5 Tips for Setting Goals That Stick

I’ve heard the statistic thrown around that 80% of people never bother to set goals, and of the 20% that do, 70% fail. So we are talking about 20% goal setters with a 30% success rate. This means that only about 6% of the population proactively directs their life to keep it moving it in …

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The Value in Hiring a Coach

This past weekend I decided to give downhill skiing a try. I skied a handful of times in high school, but that was almost 20 years ago. Since then, I have been a snow boarder and for the past 15 years or so, I’ve gotten out a handful of times a year. I also love …

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How to Quit Drinking Coffee

I love coffee. I have a cup (or two!) every morning. For a long time I never drank the stuff, I just didn’t develop a taste for it. Once I graduated from college and started working at Microsoft, that changed. I started drinking coffee just to pass the time or while taking a break with co-workers. I …

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Minimalist Living vs. Your Stuff

I have a weird fascination with minimalist living. I don’t want to be a minimalist, but I do want to keep my life simplified to the point where I’m not spending hours every month trying to find stuff I already that’s buried in the bowels of a storage room somewhere. A friend of mine had a trick …

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Tiny House Living: Thoughts after 2 Weeks in a 200 sq. ft. Cabin

My wife and I are two weeks into a six-week stay in a Tiny House. Our little cabin in the woods is located on a horse pasture in the interior of British Columbia, Canada. After spending the past year traveling around the world and the USA visiting national parks (and living in a small tent, tiny …

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I’m Still Here!

Hello everyone! It has been a long time since I’ve posted to this blog. Almost a year ago, I posted that I was leaving my career to travel the world with my wife. 11 months in…..we are still going strong! We have traveled throughout Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and are six months into an …

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Thank You Microsoft

Thank you Microsoft for all of the amazing memories, friendships and a lifetime worth of learning about business, technology and perhaps most importantly, a lesson on how to work together with others to achieve a common vision. It’s funny how the skills I learned in grade-school about how to cooperate and work well with others ended …

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Warren Buffett – How to Identify a Good Investment

Words of wisdom from the Oracle of Omaha, Warren Buffet.   Highlights Habits and character matter a lot…pay attention to how things are done not just what gets done. People who function well are not the ones with the “biggest motors” they are the ones with the “most efficient motors.” Story of founder of Nebraska …

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Unarmed Self-Defense Training

Last weekend I attended an Unarmed Self Defense workshop, conducted by Insights Training. The last time I hit anyone was in tae kwon do class when I was 10 years old. I figured it would be a good idea to learn how to hit and defend myself at a basic level. I also heard great …

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Nothing to Do and That’s OK With Me

I’m finishing up the first month of my sabbatical and I’ve intentionally not set any big goals or projects in front of me. The last thing I want to do is treat this break from work like I treat my work! So for the past month I’ve mostly chilled out. I did spend 10 days …

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Early Retirement Extreme by Jacob Lund Fisker

Early Retirement Extreme: A Philosophical and Practical Guide to Financial Independence by Jacob Lund Fisker My rating: 4 of 5 stars This is book is not like any of the other “retire early in 10 easy steps” books…it is a full-blown life plan for making it happen, and not for those who aren’t willing or …

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Vegetarian food on Moorea Island in French Polynesia

On my honeymoon here in French Polynesia. Right now we are on the island of Moorea. Much of the cuisine here is French style. Tons of fish and meat oriented dishes. There is a lack of awareness amongst locals and the hotel staff regarding vegetarian food on the island, though there are many options available …

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Yoga Strengthens Your Weakest Links

I recently started practicing yoga asana again after a 9 month hiatus. Life got busy so I spent my time doing things aside from heading to a warm yoga studio to sweat and breath deeply. Over the past few weeks I’ve rolled out my mat several times. I’ve re-discovered how my yoga practice illuminates and …

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The Fear of Enlightenment – Alan Watts

Each of us are really the Great Self We deny this because we don’t “feel it” We are frightened of feeling it We develop a method of practice of putting off feeling it We think we need to suffer and be worthy of being our Great Self All of this is just postponement, because we …

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What if Money didn’t matter

A simple but very important question to ponder, particularly for those of lucky to have “enough”.

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We Control The Meaning of Our Lives

Last month I participated in my second Date With Destiny experience. This is a program led by Tony Robbins that focuses on identifying the core values driving you today, the new values you want to live by and using this new “inner compass” to direct your life in an even more fulfilling manner. There was …

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