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Be a River

“A river can be wide or narrow, shallow or deep, swift or slow. But of all its characteristics, two are most distinctive: it makes its own path, and it flows relentlessly.” -Joseph M. Marshall, III in Keep Going: The Art of Perseverance When my wife and I last visited Arizona, she bought me Joseph Marshall’s…

Wonders, Not Wondering

HAPPY THANKSGIVING! I wrote most of what I am recounting here in REACHING… four years ago.  When I looked at this story again today, I found there was more reason than ever before to share it with you and the rest of my e-letter family. Nineteen years ago tomorrow, my Thanksgiving dinner was nothing but…

You Need a Bigger Frying Pan

At the risk of telling too many fishing stories—especially since I’d be the first to admit that I’m not much of a fisherman—there’s a story that has been around for years that I wanted to share with you this week. It’s about the grandfather who decides one afternoon to take his grandson fishing on the…

Be on a Mission!

In Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill concludes that nothing happens until someone has a “burning desire” to make it happen. There has to be a decision and a commitment to make it happen—a mission to see it through. When I talk to a prospective client for my individual coaching work, I’m looking for someone…

Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.

In 2005, Steve Jobs—CEO of Apple and of Pixar Animation—gave the commencement address to the Stanford graduating class of approximately 5,000 students. “I never graduated college,” he began, and then he told three stories. The first story was about “connecting the dots”.  Jobs told how he dropped out of college, but continued to attend classes…

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