Don't Discard; Overlap

I was Face-timing with one of my best friends just the other day and we were wrestling with the idea of choosing a life path. How do we decide which passion to turn into a career? Is it based on the probability of getting rich or finding "success?" Is it based on what you're best at?

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16 Reasons to Reduce Your Mobile Dependence

In recent years, our reliance on our mobile devices has skyrocketed as an increasingly large number of applications are developed. Little pieces of our life are outsourced to our smart phones in the name of efficiency and enhanced communication. But here are sixteen reasons that reduced mobile dependance can benefit your life.

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The Importance of Creating Touchstones to Lend Perspective

I was listening to Dallas Clayton (a children's book author) tell this story about when he was stuck in a traffic jam with his son. They sat bumper to bumper for a while before finally reaching the end of the traffic jam where they noticed a bunch of police cars and an ambulance crowded around a wreck. Dallas decided to turn it into a teaching moment for his son. "You see, even though it would've been easy to get upset over all of this traffic, what we didn't realize was that our situation could be a lot worse. We're stuck in traffic but we're in an air conditioned car, we're safe and we're together."

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Are You Asking Too Much Too Soon?

Everything around us has been engineered for immediacy — notifications, apps and fast food are all heralds of the "have it now" culture that we live in. Not that I'm complaining! I, like everyone else, enjoys having what I want in my hands within minutes or sometimes seconds. We really are living in a unique time in history.

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Obscurity is Your License to Experiment

One million views on YouTube. One hundred thousand Instagram followers. Half a million likes on Facebook. That's what so many artists covet isn't it? The recognition — the eyes on their work. To get noticed, to be praised and to be criticized because even the haters are proof that your work is getting seen. And that's what every artist hopes for. A chance to be seen.

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What I learned from 30+ physicians about Identity

A couple of weeks ago I was photographing physicians in their work environments. As I moved from office to O.R. to board room shooting nearly 20 physicians over the course of two days I was struck by the demeanor and the attitude that they all seemed to possess. Man, woman, old, young, black, white, experienced, inexperienced... it didn't matter. Not a single one of them was concerned about whether every hair was in place or whether their makeup was perfect or whether their clothes were wrinkled.

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Fight for what Matters & Let the Rest Go

I'm convinced that one of the greatest secrets to living harmoniously with people is choosing your battles. If the outcome of your opponent's side of the issue is either reversible, a matter of opinion or rates low on a scale of importance then it's often best to not say anything at all, smile and move on. Because living in harmony is worth the price of not getting your way every once in a while.

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A Millennials Guide to Investing

On the whole, we humans have a tough time saving money. No surprise there. It's not natural for us to put money aside to be "enjoyed when we retire." Not only does retirement feel too far away to be a reality, it's also associated with limitations such as health risks. On top of that, depending on how set in our ways we are by that point, we might not even have the desire to enjoy traveling the world or buying the latest tech. It seems that it would be more enjoyable to spend the money now, wouldn't it?

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5 Shared Traits Among Elite Performers

Our society really likes to put labels on those who perform at levels above even the best performers. "Elite" is good but there are those who even blow that standard out of the water in nearly every field. The National Basketball Association had a whole ad campaign asking the question, "Where will you be when amazing happens?" What followed the question was a whole slough of highlights from past seasons. As a big basketball fan and a marketing guy, I watched every highlight from every game from that season because I really didn't want to miss anything amazing happening.

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5 Technologies Revolutionizing the Future

But while a few people are making headlines through acts of evil, there are armies of people who are working together toward a greater good — toward a peaceful, abundant future. We're living in an age of advancement that is both exciting and hopeful and it's good for us to dream about the possibilities. Given 10 years, technological innovations will disrupt energy, healthcare, shopping, manufacturing, exploration, transportation, communication and virtually every area of our lives. We're just on the cusp and I want to show you a few glimpses into what our future holds:

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How to Hack Your Weaknesses to Bypass Failure

Zig Ziglar, one of the world's greatest career and personal development coaches, was known for what he called, "The Wheel of Life." It was a 7-piece pie chart made up of: Career, Financial, Social, Spiritual, Family, Physical and Intellectual. According to Zig, to truly thrive you had to take care of each area of your life. If one area suffered, they all suffered.

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The 100 Days Project — a lesson in showing up

On May first I started a project called #100DaysOfLettering in which I practice hand lettering at least once a day for 100 days straight. It's a personal project that is part of a larger movement called The 100 Days Project started by Elle Luna and The Great Discontent. The premise is simple (which is why it's so attractive).

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A Case for Getting Rich

I want to ask you a question: all other things equal, who is most empowered to do good for the world?

  1. The person who makes $50,000/year with $100,000 in the bank
  2. The person who makes $300,000/year with $10,000,000 in the bank
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Start by Not Doing the Wrong Thing

Sometimes it's difficult to do know if we're doing the "right thing" or not. We might question whether something is our "calling" or if we were meant for something else. We might be jealous of someone else's career or lifestyle. We might struggle with FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) and feel like if we're not doing everything we're missing out on "that one thing."

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Here's how "all the cool things happen to me."

You know those moments when something wonderful and unexpected happens? I get butterflies and have to do all that I can to not shout at the top of my lungs. Well one of these things happened for me just the other day. Thank goodness I was in my car and could shout as loud as I wanted (though I wonder what the people next to me at the stoplight were thinking).

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Decide you want it more than you're afraid of it.

This past week has been a whirlwind for me. So many things were going on and in the midst of it all, I said "yes!" to two opportunities which will require a lot of me. Both opportunities come with significant time investments and responsibilities that I've never had before (basically, I have no clue what I'm doing). When I finally get a moment to sit down on the couch and think about everything that just happened I can get freaked out a little bit. I can begin to worry about all of the what if's that make taking this step a little (lot) scary.

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A Guide to Becoming the Most Interesting Person in the Room

WARNING: This will not necessarily make you the most productive, wealthy, happy, fulfilled, attractive, accomplished, politically correct, intelligent, healthy or stable person in the room. Only the most interesting.

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Do those closest to you respect you most?

If we are only respected at a surface level, we'll be tempted to keep all of our relationships shallow and never be vulnerable with anyone. Secondly, I believe that keeping greatness under wraps shows a level of humility that is echoed through Scripture when Jesus tells us, "But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing," (Matthew 6:3). 

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Making Room for Intimacy

The most beautiful example of this, of course, is Christ. He, as the groom and we, as the bride, are in this deeply intimate relationship. And while He holds every power of the universe within a single breath, He releases us be our own person, make our own mistakes and choose our own path. Of course, the deeper we are in relationship with Him, we discover our path begins to align with His as He guides us through His Word and His Spirit, constantly presenting us with truth, calling us to follow Him but then letting us do with it what we will. Sometimes we'll make decisions that aren't the best for us. And in those mistakes where we realize that we're messy, we press in to His truth and His love and find intimacy waiting for us.

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Your Mind: Warehouse or Laboratory?

I Google things all day e'ry day. Rarely is there a day that goes by where I'm not looking up a definition, a wikipedia article or a "how-to" video on YouTube. If I'm curious about something, I don't have to flip through encyclopedias or wade through volumes of textbooks... heck, I don't even have to spell it correctly when I search! Because the internet opens doors for us to explore our existence with a few finger-clicks and a couple scrolls.

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