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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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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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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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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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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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The Value of Building Things Yourself

I just built a little raised bed in my yard. I needed more space to plant greens (I eat a TON of them!) and this part of my lawn was already destroyed from overgrowth and pine needles that killed off the grass. It was a simple little project, just arranging some rocks, adding soil and …

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How to Get Along With People

I’ve had my fair share of challenging conversations over the years. It can be tough to deliver a challenging message at work, take critical feedback, deal with an emotional family situation or stand up for what you believe – even when it means going against the views of someone else. How do you deal with …

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Don’t Manage Your Time Manage Your Energy

Managing your energy is far more important than just managing your time. Keep a log of how you feel during the day based on your energy level. Over time see how hydration, nutrition, sleep, training and work schedules impact your energy. Then, make adjustments to maximize your overall energy level, and make sure that your …

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Three Keys to a Happy Life

Make friends with your past. Live in the present. Be optimistic about the future. …go on and be happy.

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