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Grow Your Life’s Work With Others By Spreading Your Key Idea

Dog whisperer, Cesar Millan, “runs with as many as sixty-five dogs at time – many of them pit bulls with histories of aggression – without leashes or other kind of restraint,” writes John Butman. That’s because of a life-changing discovery earlier in his life when he saw that, unlike Mexicans, Americans mistakenly let their pet dogs take control. Where he grew up, in Culiacan, Mexico, dogs weren’t trained. They didn’t even have names. But he knew, even as a child, that he had “an uncanny connection with them” and it was by being in charge. That insight spurred him to come to… Read More

Lance Can Helps Us Avoid Our Temptation to Lie

After nearly 15 years of vehement denials, Armstrong may own up, it is rumored. He promises he’ll answer Oprah’s interview questions “directly, honestly and candidly.” Yet this is already a very public, social situation that even includes newspaper ads suggesting the questions Oprah should ask. He has alot at risk. Like watching a kid actually pee in the pool rather than imagining how many people have, the stark reality of seeing Lance Armstrong admit to Oprah he was using drugs, if he does, will hit hard. That’s what Dan Ariely’s research indicates. He’s the author of The (Honest) Truth About… Read More

Five Reasons Why Stoicism Matters Today

Guest column by Rob Goodman and Jimmy Soni, co-authors, Rome’s Last Citizen For all the press that Bill Clinton has gotten for his epic, seemingly-half-improvised convention stem-winder, one of the most revealing lines has barely earned a mention at all. We were surprised to hear Clinton called Barack Obama “a man cool on the outside, but who burns for America on the inside.” Okay, ignore the “burning for America part,” which is cheesy even by Bubba standards. What’s interesting here is that President Obama actually needed someone to go onstage and testify to his passion—to insist that, yes, it was in there somewhere.… Read More

Make Your Message (Almost) as Vital as Air

Despite the millions already spent on one of the highest stakes campaigns now under way, what has either presidential candidate said that you remember? That’s what I thought. Darn little, if anything. How about you? Do people stop listening before you stop talking? Being quotable is essential to attracting more options into your life. Without it you may be rich, smart, hardworking, and even attractive and good hearted yet you are likely to lose to the person who paints a more compelling picture or story. To become the top-of-mind choice in your profession or market, make your message almost as… Read More

Ping Pong Presidential Campaign Politics as a Warning and Primer for Protecting Your Reputation

“Mr. President, you did not kill Osama bin Laden, America did. The work that the American military has done killed Osama bin Laden. You did not,” asserts Ben Smith, a former Navy SEAL in a 22-minute mini-documentary created by a group of former U.S. intelligence and Special Opps operatives that was leaked to Reuters On August 15th. Within hours, Team Obama dubbed the attack “Swift Boat tactics” – and the related TV ads planned for the battle ground states haven’t even aired yet. The speed of attack and response is spiraling up. Minutes matter in how swiftly opponents must respond… Read More