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Lyrics, Love, & Life

“You Give Love a Bad Name.” -Jon Bon Jovi 4.3 Billion. I searched for “songs about love” on Google and in less than 1 second, 4.3 billion search results were returned. To say that our culture has...well, a love affair with love, would be an understatement. And for good reason! Love is a wonderful, powerful, and driving emotion. Something that we seek out and sacrifice for. Like great art, it’s something we can’t describe, but we know when we’re in the presence of it. We apply the feeling of love to nearly everything important in our lives; even our jobs. “Love what you do, and you’ll never work a day in your life.” -Unknown That familiar quote is a wonderful and well-meaning sentime

Fish, Flourish, & Futures

“You might be a big fish In a little pond. Doesn't mean you've won 'Cause along will come A bigger one.” - Coldplay - “Lost” In my past post Limitations, Ladders, & Labyrinths I talked about how your career (and life!) are more like a labyrinth than a ladder, with surprises around every turn and many paths leading to a dead end. This concept not only applies to your career choice, but also to the specific jobs you choose in that career. Is it better to be a big fish in a small pond, or vice versa? And which available positions will allow you to flourish both now and in the future? Adam Grant’s article Should you Always Strive to Work at the Most “Prestigious” Places? elaborates on this quest

Laps, Leaders, & Lessons

“Leaders instill in their people a hope for success and a belief in themselves. Positive leaders empower people to accomplish their goals.” - Unknown What are the characteristics of a great leader? The quote above is a great start in developing a definition, and my recent post titled Layups, Loops, and Leaders touched on the subject, but what if I told you that I can show you a “How-to” video highlighting four important traits of a great leader in action? Would you be surprised that it is less than 60 seconds long and the subject of the case study is running laps? Before reading on, take a minute to watch the end of the Women’s 5000 Meter Final from the 2019 Big Ten Championships. What can w



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