Awareness

We’re all conditioned in how we think about ourselves, others, the world, and the way things are “supposed” to be.  And sometimes that holds us back — especially when we’re trying to do something different than what is considered “normal” in our society. Others may discourage us, we may limit ourselves, and we may just not know how to start.  With information, awareness, and understanding, you can break down the barriers that may be holding you back, and you can build your courage and confidence as you pursue your own version of success. That’s getting gutsy.

So What Do You Do?

So What Do You Do?

I have a confession to make.  I’m an introvert. Most people don’t believe me when I say that—partly because they misunderstand what an introvert is and partly because they see me as social and open. But the truth is, I’m an introvert, and one of my least favorite...

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Subtle Digs or Foot in Mouth?

Subtle Digs or Foot in Mouth?

Whenever you’re doing something that doesn’t fit the norm, people can get confused and sometimes they say things to you that don’t make any sense. Here’s an example of a conversation I once had at a cocktail party in Hong Kong to illustrate. New person: So, you work...

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No Offense, But . . .

No Offense, But . . .

I went to an event for a global non-profit that I support. I was pretty excited because the event was the culmination of a week-long programme where innovators in the nonprofit space were honing their projects and creating pitches for donors who wanted to support...

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We Are All Conditioned

We Are All Conditioned

From the moment we are born, others’ expectations shape our behaviors, choices, and definitions of success.  We usually build our personal and professional lives around those expectations, and at some point, many of us start wondering if we are on the right path.  We...

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Your Brain Gets in Your Way

Your Brain Gets in Your Way

In a previous article, we talked about conditioning, which is the process by which you learn what is appropriate (and expected of you by others) and what is not.  This conditioning starts basically at birth and continues through your formative years and into...

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“Seeing” Your Conditioning

“Seeing” Your Conditioning

I want you to do a quick exercise.  Imagine you see a wounded deer on the side of the road.  What do you do? To be honest, I’m not particularly interested in what you do about the deer. I’m interested in what your road looked like. So, reflect for a moment. What did...

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The Implicit Assumption Tests

The Implicit Assumption Tests

Because of our conditioning, we have implicit assumptions and biases that go with them.  In other articles, I talk about construction workers and deers in the road to illustrate how we put cognitive frameworks and descriptions around situations that don’t have those...

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