Free yourself from what is holding you back, so you can be free to live the life you want

“You must give up the life you planned in order to have the life that is waiting for you” “Follow your bliss” Joseph Campbell I believe that each of us has an obligation to make the most of the freedom we are lucky enough to enjoy – to use it to improve ourselves, to learn, […]

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Are you motivated by self-loathing – or self-love?

Many of you may know Alex Honnold, the famous free-climbing rock star who solo-climbed the sheer granite face of El Capitan on June 3, 2017 – 3,000 feet without a rope or mechanical assistance of any kind – making him the first and only human in history to do so. You may also know Laura […]

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If you want to be happy for life, plant a (metaphorical) garden

Most of us have heard the old Chinese proverb about happiness and gardening; one variant goes like this:               Pleasure for one hour, a bottle of wine;               Pleasure for one year, a marriage;               But pleasure for a lifetime, a garden. On the face of it, this seems pretty simple: get out that garden […]

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Five Simple Freedom Habits for the New Year

Simplify, simplify, simplify – that’s what Thoreau urged in Walden. Over the past year, I’ve tried to take his words to heart as I’ve removed things, influences, people, and places from my life that made no positive contribution. I’ve also tried to be more succinct in thought, word, and deed (hey, David Byrne, you were […]

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WHAT’S your type? Warrior, Helper, Artist, Truth-Seeker – or Sheep?

Each of us has a default mode of engaging the world around us, a lens through which we see the people, places,and things with which we interact each day and which guides how we behave. Call it a stance, a way of being in relation to the world, which frames our interactions and gives them […]

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How to Use Leverage to Create More Freedom

Archimedes famously boasted that, were he to have a lever long enough and a place to stand, he could move the Earth. A bit over-dramatic, perhaps, but he was (theoretically) correct – with a properly-placed lever, many seemingly-impossible tasks become not only possible but downright easy. In particular, the principle of leverage can have a […]

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Freedom Requires Sacrifice. It Also Requires Us To Help Others Achieve Freedom.

This July 4th, Americans celebrate their Independence Day, the day we formally declared our separation from England in 1776. We remember the enormous sacrifices required to turn that declaration into true freedom and to maintain that freedom over the last 242 years: countless conflicts, loss of life and treasure, separation from family and friends, misery […]

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