Getting to great

Wonderful thingsDon’t materializeIn our soulsOvernight.Character requires thatThat life itself happens to us Before it coalesces.Life demands livingFirsthand,Not vicariously through a bookAnd not on the fence, observing others-No safe zones Where the minutes don’t matter. We cannot liveAnyone else’ lifeNo matter how hard we try.Our greatnessWill come along the wayOn the path of the mundane In […]

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Invested

There’s something about commitmentThat scares and steadies the heart all at once.Scary because it means forsaking other options,Steadying because now you have tethered your very existenceTo a piece of landTo a causeA businessA person.To be invested,To throw in your lot with anything on this Third Rock from the SunIs risky business:Many a cautionary taleSpeak of […]

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Paving the Jungle

Is a fool’s errand. In our attempts to build a better world For the next generation Where our kids don’t struggle as we have Or experience the same heartache, We can sometimes find ourselves Running about setting down concrete slabs Along the forest floor, Blocking access to thorny bushes, Cancelling paths known to have snakes […]

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Who are your skills for?

For people with skills that society rewards-Who are your skills for?You have acquired something valuableAnd you are equipped to solve problems,Spent years to gain masteryOvercome numerous challengesAnd now you have a capcity to create change in the world with dexterity-Utlimately what you now possess is a gift.Something to offerSomething with which to craft the world […]

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Non-binary

We are not living in the Matrix. There is no red pill or blue pill to choose from. There is no alternate reality where nothing goes wrong And all your choices lead to exactly where you want to go. Real life is non-binary There are often several paths to choose from But the outcomes are […]

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Certificate

Here’s a (non-exhaustive) list of things you do NOT need a certificate for: Getting your hands dirty.Volunteering.Caring about your work andSeeing ways to improve it.Pointing out injustice.Holding leadership accountable.Taking responsibility.Taking a leap of faith.Nurturing relationships.Building a good reputation.Playing nice with the other kids.Forgiving quickly.Praying.Being generous.Being grateful.Bouncing back from setbacks.Working on your business idea.Breathing life into […]

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Theoretical

There are many lessons that life brings our way That are a lot more practical than would have liked. Much simpler to watch a TED Talk Or listen to a podcast Or if we are really serious even read a book about it But to actually go through the stuff? That doesn’t always seem necessary. […]

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On to the next one

When I was still at high schoolI couldn’t wait to go to college.And when I got to collegeI found myself longing to graduate.And now, as a graduateThere are countless next steps to aim for,And always a sense thatSomething’s missing.Daily, the goal posts shiftEver so slightly.There’s always something else.Something beyond.The job I once dreamed ofIs now […]

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Growth paradox

There is an uncomfortable space in learning When the ones who have something to teach Reach the limits of their influence and Have to reconcile with the reality That true learning is always voluntary. You cannot micromanage growth. It has to happen. Inherently. From within. Growth is a fruit born of the will of the […]

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