Category: Personal Development

How to Make Space in your Head

How to Make Space in your Head

| July 2, 2013 | 2 Replies

Today during my meditation session, I found it really hard to calm my mind. Thoughts kept running in and out, popping up and down like ping pong balls. As I observed the thoughts, most of them were thoughts about things I didn’t have closure with, or thoughts that were painting future situations I might experience; […]

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What You Choose to Focus On

What You Choose to Focus On

| June 1, 2013 | Reply

I caught this picture this evening as the sun cut through the clouds over the San Diego bay.   The contrast between the overhanging clouds and the light was powerful for me. It reminded me that, in life, we have a choice of what to focus on. We can choose to focus on the dark […]

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Do Good Anyway

Do Good Anyway

| May 2, 2013 | Reply

One of my favorite short reminders of how to live life can be found written on the wall in Mother Theresa‘s bedroom of her home for children in Calcutta, India. It is a constant reminder to live by a set of principles that are grounded, unfettered by the whims of societal change. I wish I […]

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The Value of Staying Curious. Building your CQ (Curiosity Quotient).

The Value of Staying Curious. Building your CQ (Curiosity Quotient).

| April 26, 2013 | 1 Reply

I’ve really come to appreciate the value being curious, where curiosity is defined as a state of mind where one is interested in the how, why, what, when, or where of an event or statement. Curiosity allows us to challenge ourselves, challenge what we’re being told, see if things make sense (vs. blind acceptance), and […]

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New Book: The Lean Entrepreneur by Brant Cooper- You WANT This Book

New Book: The Lean Entrepreneur by Brant Cooper- You WANT This Book

| February 11, 2013 | Reply

Ever wanted to know how to apply startup/technology know-how to your new company? My good friend and author, Brant Cooper, is releasing his second book, The Lean Entrepreneur on February 26. Check out what people are saying: “This fascinating new book shows that at the intersection of disruption and lean company thinking, there is a […]

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How To Blog More Frequently

How To Blog More Frequently

| January 10, 2013 | Reply

I’m watching a video where Seth Godin is being interviewed by David Siteman Garland. Seth is known for writing concise, meaningful blog posts every day (for the past 5 YEARS). Of course, I find this fascinating because sometimes I struggle with doing a couple a month. DSG asked Seth about his methodology for blogging so […]

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12-12-12 – A day that only happens once in our lives.

12-12-12 – A day that only happens once in our lives.

| December 12, 2012 | Reply

This morning, I heard on the news, “Today is 12/12/12 – this day only comes around once in your lifetime. Do something great!” And I thought to myself, EVERY DAY only comes around once in our lifetime. It reminded me that each day is important and to make the most of every day – not […]

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The Confidence Loop

The Confidence Loop

| December 4, 2012 | Reply

I was chatting with a young employee over a beer the other day and we started talking about confidence and its importance. Here is a summary of the conversation along with a diagram on the cyclical pattern of confidence. What is confidence? Confidence is a state of mind. It is a lens that we choose […]

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The Importance of Mentors and Your Chance of Business Success

The Importance of Mentors and Your Chance of Business Success

| November 29, 2012 | Reply

I’d love to say that my best ideas were formed inside of my head, but truthfully, the biggest breakthrough’s I’ve had are because I was able to take the raw thought material in my head and receive insights from other smart people. If you’re smart, that’s a good start. But someone not as bright can […]

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Design Life. Drive Life.

Design Life. Drive Life.

| November 27, 2012 | Reply

Drive life. Say Yes more often. Challenge your barriers. Be comfortable outside your comfort zone. But, don’t just drive life. Design it. Design your outcome. And design time in between driving, to be still – to float. To explore. To be, without trying. To breathe, without thinking. And to surrender, without wanting. – Steven 2011.

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You have all that you need to create an incredible life.

You have all that you need to create an incredible life.

| November 20, 2012 | Reply

My friend Erin Mellinger posted this on facebook the other day. It’s so insightful, I wanted to share it with you: “There are only 3 colors, 10 digits, and 7 notes; its what we do with them that’s important.” Wow! How powerful that is when you think about it. Every number ever produced is a […]

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What is your definition of success and what’s your relationship to it?

What is your definition of success and what’s your relationship to it?

| November 12, 2012 | 2 Replies

(Nadav is my buddy and CEO of Enlightened.org) Nadav Wilf asks on Facebook: What is your definition of success and what’s your relationship to it?? Stefania Andra I’d like to call our relationship successful so that answers the second part of the question as well 🙂 hehe Julien Brandt Easy: It’s strictly based on how […]

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Goals: Winning at the Little Things

Goals: Winning at the Little Things

| November 8, 2012 | 1 Reply

At the end of each quarter, I take a detailed look at my yearly goals to see how I’m progressing against them. Sometimes I’m ahead – sometimes behind. And what I’ve begun to notice is that I’m ahead on the items where I accomplish smaller tasks more frequently. There’s a concept in goal setting called […]

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Finding Your Passion

Finding Your Passion

| October 16, 2012 | 1 Reply

“I was a fidgety and noisy child. All my school reports said that I couldn’t concentrate and that I was always distracting the rest of the class – I was a pain, by all accounts. But when I drew, I was calm. Drawing allowed me to get lost in a bubble, and I was suddenly […]

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A Birthday Wish That Can Change Destiny

A Birthday Wish That Can Change Destiny

| October 2, 2012 | 3 Replies

Last Saturday was my birf-day, and I got to spend it with 60 of the most amazing people on the planet. As a side note, the party had a hat theme – which means we asked everyone to wear hats. I’ll post some pics later in the week, but it was pretty fabulous. Here’s one […]

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