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“I just paid $3,000 to miss my kid’s first birthday!”

The day was October 6th, 2015. The place was a random hotel lobby in Costa Rica. I’d flown there from Spain expecting to attend a hearing in my feeble attempt to get back the $250,000 my business partner’s dad had…


“I’ve arrived!” the young Hungarian announced to an audience of none. The year was 1921. The place was San Francisco. He’d been traveling for days, but instead of looking for a place to rest, the man had one last thing to do.

“Excuse me ma’am!” he politely said to an…

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The world is full of people. Some of these people are good for us. They inspire us. They lift us up. They’re there for us when we need them. In short, they consistently fill us with energy.

But the world is also full of people who don’t mesh well with…

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You know when you see someone do something and you think to yourself, “I’ll never be that good!” so you don’t even try. I experienced this feeling the other day when reading Charlie Machesy’s hit children’s book, “The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse.”

I’ve been mapping out…

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Before taking one step into the office for my first “real” job out of college, I was acutely aware of the reputation my soon-to-be manager had. Being hard to find was one of her more redeeming qualities. …

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22 years ago I bought a plane ticket to Europe. I spent the next few months stumbling around until the $3,500 I’d saved had run out. I met up with a childhood buddy on the steps of the Duomo in Florence. I ran into college friends randomly at a bus…

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“I never learned how to stop!”

My friend’s words instantly got my attention. He recently went through a divorce. As expected, over the last few months, he’s been beating himself up. He loves his ex-wife. He loves his kids. They love him. To make matters worse, the primary cause that…

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“They can’t tell me how to live my life!”

When COVID started to rip through the US, some people I know decided this was their time to be a rebel. “Here’s a selfie from an event I just went to!” they announced showing pictures of them and their friends hugging…

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“Done is better than perfect!” “Your drive for perfection is stunting your growth!” “What you made is good! Just ship it!” I understand the logic of this advice that’s dished out like candy by productivity experts. And in most regards, I completely agree.

But at the same time, many of…

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“You’re not going to believe it! You’re not going to believe it!” shouted the young man as he ran across the courtyard. “I just heard something about one of your friends!”

“Whoa, slow down,” replied Socrates lifting his eyes from the scroll he was reading to face the young man…

Michael Thompson

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