How to Change the World One Goat at a Time

February 4, 2008

 
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child-with-goatx300.jpgQuestion: What do you and goats have in common?

Answer: Together you can change the world.

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Fortune Cookie Monday - Perseverance

December 17, 2007

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Since Mondays can be one of the toughest days of the week, here are some inspiring quotes on the subject of “perseverance” to help get you though till Friday: :) Read more

5 Reasons You Procrastinate and How to Overcome Them

December 10, 2007

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I recently wrote this article about overcoming procrastination for a great site called Pick The Brain.

One of the major challenges with overcoming procrastination is that there’s no single cause, and therefore no single solution. The key to moving beyond procrastination is learning how to clearly identify what particular type of procrastination is plaguing you. That way you can focus on the appropriate remedy.

5 common reasons people procrastinate:

  1. Repulsive Tasks
  2. Mental Mountains
  3. Emotional Avoidance
  4. Lack of Energy
  5. Help is Needed

Emotional Avoidance is particularly tricky. Whether it’s fear, anger, frustration, or sadness like in my example, procrastination due to emotional avoidance will always hold you back until you acknowledge it, and decide to move past it.

Here’s an excerpt from the article:

“Emotional Avoidance: Unfortunately, my oldest brother Todd was killed in an automobile accident when he was just a teenager. That first Christmas after his accident was a rough one for my whole family. We had always maintained a tradition of decorating for the holidays the first weekend after Thanksgiving. But that weekend had come and gone, and none of us was in a particularly festive mood. We all knew the hardest part was going to be unpacking boxes that contained decorations my brother had made throughout the years, some dating back to kindergarten.

That said, the idea of no Christmas was just appalling to my nine year old sensibility. So I did what any resourceful kid would do – I headed to the garage and brought in box after box of decorations, until I filled our entire living room. I then grabbed a few catalogs and ordered Christmas gifts for the whole family using my parent’s credit card.

To this day I’m still not sure why they accepted credit card payment from a nine year old over the phone, but thank God they did!

Gaining traction on emotionally charged tasks is particularly difficult. Whether its fear, grief, resentment, or whatever, emotional obstacles are barriers that will always hold you back, until you decided to cross them.”

About the author: Nate Just is a corporate trainer, productivity coach, speaker, and founder of Competitive Edge LLC. 


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How to be a Jackass in 3 Simple Steps

October 24, 2007

 
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If you have opinions about Oprah, the Cubs, or Vegans you’ll probably enjoy this article!

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1. Criticize from the stands

I was at a dinner party recently when Oprah Winfrey became the topic of conversation. Within ten seconds, like a quick volley of machine gun fire, I heard, “I hate her”… “I don’t think she gives enough of her money to charity” … and two others quickly agreed “me too!” They pounced on Oprah faster than sharks on a cramping swimmer!

Now, I’m no die hard fan of the Oprah show, but I do enjoy it occasionally. However, what I was hearing from my fellow dinner companions was appalling. I couldn’t help but remind everybody that Oprah’s money is HER money! She could keep all of it if she wants to – she earned it! Besides, how do we really know how much money Oprah gives to charity anyways?

Here’s a better question, what the hell had my fellow dinner mates done for charity? My guess, not as much as Oprah!

To criticize the charitable deeds of others is always a jackass move; to do it from the sidelines makes it even worse.

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When is Perfection Your Enemy?

October 23, 2007

 
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When is perfection your enemy? When good enough will do!

Now, I’m not suggesting you use this advice as license to pat yourself on the back for substandard work, or to neglect striving for excellence. Because there are times when good enough will certainly not do! For instance, some would consider Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa or Michael Angelo’s David good examples of when perfection trumped good enough and paid off.

But outside of works of art, the ROI (Return on Investment) of perfection is significantly lower than “good enough.” Why?

Because perfection requires significantly more time and effort that usually adds only a little extra value. Perfectionists tend to get so focused on the most infinitesimal of details that they bring progress to a slow crawl. The pursuit of perfection wastes a lot of valuable time that could be better spent (or invested in this case) accomplishing other tasks.

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The ROI on perfection is generally considerably lower than “good enough”

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