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Are we all on autopilot?

Alternate title: Does the (wo)man make the decision, or does the decision make the (wo)man? Decisions. We make decisions every day; every action is the result of a decision, whether we make it consciously or not. My decisions make me who I am, so it’s mind altering to ponder this topic in detail when you discover that many of the decisions you make aren’t made by “you.” We [...]

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Compatibility Effect

So much of what we experience in life is profoundly personal. Not because it should be hidden from others, but because even if we wanted to share these experiences, we often don’t have the right words. We can’t muster the right combination from our vocabulary to have them completely resonate with others. Communication through language, both verbal and written, has a natural limit to how far it [...]

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This one is short but worth sharing. I had stumbled upon the concept of the Monomyth some time ago when George Lucas mentioned in interviews that he was inspired by the framework in his writing of the Star Wars script. In it’s simplest form the Monomyth can be described as the perfect template for the story of a hero. A hero ventures forth from the world of common day into a region of supernatural [...]

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A path to “Authenticity”

Four years ago my grandfather passed away painlessly as he slept in his summer home on PEI. The summer before I had interviewed him and asked him what advice he would give to future generations. Here’s what he said: Stay the course. If we had an example to lay down then it would be engrained in our kids, and it turned out to be the best thing since we now enjoy grandkids. Of all the things he could [...]

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The Emerging Class – Change Agents

Things are in a constant state of flux. Technology is eating the industries that touch our daily lives. The rate of change is so quick, and so random, the best indication we have for seeing where things are headed is private market investments in small technology companies, and the acquisitions of those small companies by larger corporations. These investments surface from underlying trends in a [...]

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Learning from people & taking an active role in receiving advice

Alternative title: understanding how someone thinks is more important than learning what they’ve done. As far as I can tell, I learn best from other people. For a long time, I thought this learning process may be some kind of skill for mimicking others. I’ve never had any issues fitting in with different groups and can have great conversations with most people regardless of what they value. [...]

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Meta Game – How video games changed my life

Alternative title:  See mom, video games weren’t a complete waste of time. I’ve played video games my entire life. I can remember Christmas break 99′ our family crowded around the Nintendo 64 to watch the final boss fight in Zelda: Ocarina of Time. It was a really powerful moment my brother and I had been working towards for weeks and it had finally come to it’s conclusion. [...]

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The worst they can say is no

When I graduated from university I thought I was destined to work at an advertising agency. I reached out to former alumni from my school on LinkedIn, and wrote tons of custom cover letters telling my story. This went on for months until an entrepreneur starting a technology company took a chance on me and put me in charge of marketing his app. It’s worth mentioning that the job wouldn’t [...]

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The Disconnected Professional

Why your core network is your most important resource Early in my career I was bullish and self destructive when it came to building my network. I would go to conferences and events on the “hunt” for anyone that would get me closer to my goals. A robot, who skipped formalities and got right to the point. What can you do for me? My problem was that I often confused “networking” with “selling”. [...]

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