How to fast track becoming an expert in anything

creative genius Jul 01, 2021

Many of us want to be recognized as true experts in our field. We want to become thought leaders and influencers who change the way people think and do things.

However, in order to be impactful, our expertise has to be highly specialized. When our ideas and insights are broad, we are unable to deliver practical solutions that respond to specific problems. It’s also a lot harder to convey and monetize our value when we sell ourselves as the jack-of-all-trades who can master it all. It just isn’t believable.

When we aren’t aligned with the exact thing that makes us unique on this planet, we don’t stand out in the crowd. We end up sounding like everyone else. This leaves us feeling bored, unfulfilled, and probably underpaid.

Marketing experts tell us that in order to find our expertise, we need to start with finding our niche—a specialized segment of the market. While finding your niche is a critical step to claiming your expertise, it is only...

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A positive mindset can limit you unless you take these steps

fearlessness Jun 15, 2021

There’s a lot of excitement about using positive mindset visualizations to attain audacious goals. These exercises are along the lines of “picture your ideal life in detail and focus on everything going right.”

Are positive mindset techniques the ultimate tool for manifesting our wishes? It depends on how we use them.

These techniques don’t seem to work for most of us but do seem to help a fraction of people achieve the wild success they dream of. These four critical steps can make visualization exercises work just as effectively for you.

BE MINDFUL OF YOUR NEGATIVITY

We have to first examine our current state of mind to determine if using a positive mindset tool will yield significant results. 

A positive mindset isn’t genuinely positive when it’s in avoidance of underlying negativity. If we have to force ourselves to think positively, it’s likely because we’re currently in a scarcity mindset.  A positive...

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3 ways to let passion ignite your career (without burning it down)

creative genius Jun 01, 2021

Now more than ever we change jobs, leap into new careers, and launch new businesses. We often undergo these professional makeovers just to reconnect with passion.

Passion gives us thrilling glimpses into our hidden potential and makes us realize that we are capable of achieving more. It ignites our will to take new risks and push our boundaries. It infuses our work with higher levels of creativity, brilliance, and imagination.

Passion doesn’t carry intelligence or wisdom. Its nature is wild. It is no coincidence that passion is likened to fire, which as we know ignites whatever it touches, whether it be a candle or a forest.

How we use passion determines whether we will be creative or destructive with it. It starts with becoming aware of how much passion we actually need in order to feel invigorated.

I rarely meet people who have mastered the art of working with passion. More often than not, they fall into one of three categories: those who believe that feeling...

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6 tips that will help you work better using art activities (even if you can't draw)

creative genius May 21, 2021

We talk about the art of leadership, the art of making money, and the art of decision-making. Most of the time, however, art is left out of the equation. We flirt with the concept and quickly revert to frameworks, guidelines, and templates. 

That’s because many of us in the business world have been programmed to think linearly. We don’t see ourselves as artists and spend most of our time working with the rational mind.

Our rational mind is designed to make decisions based on past events. It uses data points from previous experiences and predicts from there what could happen. However, the mind keeps us in somewhat of a loop; it limits possibility by sourcing ideas from what is already known.

If we want to escape old patterns and dated solutions, we have to birth our ideas in an open space called the zone of infinite possibility. Playing with art is a great way to stop boxing in our ideas because it overrides the left brain’s tendency to make sense.

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3 reasons you're feeling uninspired and how to break out of the rut

creative genius May 11, 2021

It seems that any time we start on a new career path, we are filled with the excitement of possibility. It’s sort of like being an artist and standing in front of our blank canvas while enjoying the feeling of pure potential ahead of us.

Eventually, however, our sense of freedom disappears. All too quickly we find ourselves in an inspirational rut. Before we know it, our work life has become dull and dissatisfying.

Here are three reasons why we fall off our inspirational axis and what we can do to get back on it.

STOP TRYING TO SAVE THE WORLD

Often, we go about selecting our career path reactively, forgetting to consciously track the source of our inspiration. Without this awareness, we can’t discern whether we’ve chosen a path that genuinely aligns with our passion or if our honest motive is to seek some type of validation from the external world.

When we fuel our careers with ideas about how we are supposed to be rather than how we want to be, we end up...

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Your scarcity mindset is holding you back. Here are three ways to change it.

fearlessness Apr 21, 2021

We want what we want and . . . many of us don’t reflect beyond this point. We use the energy of our will indiscriminately, constantly pushing forward without discerning. Are we chasing our desires from a sense of lack, or are we pursuing them from a sense of abundance?

Many of us adopt a scarcity mindset and unknowingly enter its vicious cycle. Having a scarcity mindset starts with a belief that we don’t have the inner resources to manifest what we want.

Becoming aware of what we’re chasing after, whether it’s money, power, fame, or love, is a powerful place to start recognizing the never-ending loop of the scarcity mindset. The chase in itself is often an indication that we are experiencing stuckness and confusion.

Why is chasing problematic? Because it plants two false ideas in our mind. The first is that we don’t currently have what we need. The second is that what we want lies outside of us. 

In the process of chasing our desires, we form...

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How to listen to your intuition at work

intuition Jan 25, 2021

In an age of information overload and overwhelm, intuition is the key to discernment. Intuition is our sense of deep knowing and our natural ability to see reality in a clear, uncompromised way.

Intuitive listening helps us process everyday information. Whether we’re chatting with colleagues, skimming news reports, reviewing job applications, or listening to presentations, intuitive listening is a filter that extracts the signals from the noise.

Many of us use it without even recognizing that we are accessing our intuition. We don’t need tools or complex processes to activate our intuitive abilities, nor do we need to enter altered states of consciousness. Instead, we need more awareness about how intuition is already manifesting in the body, as well as the capacity to see past the distorted lenses of our personal opinions and feelings.

We can essentially breeze through cumbersome messages by devoting more attention to the subtle visceral reactions that take place in...

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How to tackle the monsters holding you back from being a good leader

fearlessness Jan 01, 2021

Leadership development needs a strong dose of vulnerability. When we explore the depths of our minds and hearts, we lead with more authenticity and integrity.

Unconscious leadership happens when we aren’t self-aware, which puts fear in the driver’s seat. Because fear has a limited breadth of vision, it overlooks choices that would empower us and those we serve. At its best, unconscious leadership is weak. At its worst it’s destructive.

It’s hard to recognize in others what we don’t first see in ourselves. As we practice becoming more self-aware through conscious self-exploration, we will find it easier to see into others deeply and with precision. We may even find ourselves identifying others’ unconscious motivations before they do.

Self-awareness is critical in the workplace because it allows us to make smarter hiring decisions, nominate stronger leaders, and serve as empathic and inspirational mentors.

When we are deceived by...

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A radically simple way to figure out if someone is telling you the truth

intuition Dec 01, 2020
We are all wired to detect the truth. We just haven’t figured out how to turn on our devices. 

Lies are illusions. They are potential realities that we are welcome to step into; however, they are also tight, confined spaces. Truth is a path that offers continuous expansion. Although there is always more truth to be had, it doesn’t flip-flop laterally or revert back to previous states. It always moves upward and invites more opportunity and possibility.

Living in an era of information overload seems to challenge our ability to tease the truth apart from lies. Our collective voice feels cacophonic, not because we don’t hear or listen, but because we haven’t fully cultivated our ability for discernment.

The process of identifying the truth isn’t nearly as complicated as we might believe, and our mounds of data don’t have to undermine our ability to see clearly.

Information overload isn’t the root of our problem. Our...

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These are the rules to break if you want to get more creative

creative genius Jul 13, 2020

I believe that our world is ready for a new paradigm on work and productivity—one that will nourish our most profound creative abilities. If we as business leaders accept that rigidity is the antithesis of creativity and innovation, then recognizing where rigidity exists in our current conceptualizations of work and productivity begins to set us free.

It helps to explore some of the social and organizational norms regarding work and productivity and further, to understand how these norms might be undermining and suppressing our creative genius.

Traditionally, most of us work from 9-5, which sets up the expectation that our creative impulses will manifest in that window. However, creativity doesn’t mind the clock; it prefers to show up when we are relaxed and open.

DITCHING DEADLINES

Given that many of us work in chaotic environments filled with constant chatter, meetings, and social distractions, our creative flow tends to kick in outside those hours once we have...

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