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Abraham Maslow brought us great clarity and insight with his paper from 1943, A Theory of Human Motivation. You’ve probably seen his pyramid of needs hundreds of times. 281 more words

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A student or a follower?

One wonders.

The other thinks they’re not wandering, because they’re following.

One high-fives the status quo and repeats history.

The other writes the history that will eventually be repeated. 13 more words

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Where Contribution Meets Destiny...

…is where the music happens.

In other words, it’s your gift to the world and the fulfillment of your purposes here on Earth.

Happy happy. 14 more words

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After another negative news story in the background this evening, I turned the television off.

Off. Not muted or paused. Off.

Jazz has always felt appropriate as the moon swaps places with the sun, so I went with Miles Davis and shifted the mood. 46 more words

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Emotional Intelligence

Emotional intelligence knows what is contagious. A life in pursuit of musical hope is and one that sits still in quiet desperation is not.

Emotional intelligence seconds Richard Bach when he states, “Argue for your limitations, and sure enough they’re yours.” 64 more words

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Game Plan

Embrace the known and equally embrace the unknown.

The standard plan is to act as if one of these isn’t there: play dumb with truth and principles or deny that change is on the horizon. 18 more words

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Commas > Periods

Something worked yesterday, something different works today, and something else will work tomorrow.

Today, we rejoice in commas.

In the end the worthy goal isn’t to one day blow out your candle in some form of case closed, definite conclusion. 60 more words

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