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Scott’s Thoughts: Get in Trouble

“There are a great many opinions in this world, and a good half of them are professed by people who have never been in trouble.” Anton Chekhov, Russian playwright and short story writer. When you advise clients, friends, and family, do you speak from experience, or do you speak from received wisdom? Sometimes in our [...]

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Scott’s Thoughts: Sweat it Out

“Nothing is more dangerous than an idea when it’s the only one you have.” -Emile Chartier, Commonly known as Alain, was a French philosopher, journalist, and pacifist. “To meet complex challenges, we need creative solutions.” This phrase has been said countless times, from the Monday morning status meeting to the executive retreat. And it’s true. [...]

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Scott’s Thoughts: Hang a Question Mark

“In all affairs it’s a healthy thing now and then to hang a question mark on the things you have long taken for granted.” Bertrand Russell, British philosopher, logician, mathematician, historian, writer, social critic, political activist and Nobel laureate. With the holidays upon us, you may find yourself connecting with friends and extended family you [...]

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Scott’s Thoughts: Burning Out

“When you think that it’s too hard, remember that in the long run, doing the things that will make you successful is a lot easier than being unsuccessful.” Ray Dalio, American investor, hedge fund manager, and philanthropist Those who succeed are often those who manage to endure past the point where others simply quit. Solving [...]

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Scott’s Thoughts: Anger’s Mirror

“Everything that irritates others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.” -Carl Jung, Swiss psychiatrist and psychoanalyst. “I would never act that way.” “I can’t believe how rude they were.” “Someone needs to clue that person in.” “This client is driving me absolutely nuts.” Valuable self-perspective is hard to come by. Many of the [...]

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Scott’s Thoughts: On Green Alert

“You can’t outwit fate by standing on the sidelines placing little side bets about the outcome of life… if you don’t play you can’t win.” Judith McNaught, American author. Damage control. Emergency response. Crisis watch.¬†There’s a lot in this world that puts us on red alert. We can spend a lot of mental energy preparing [...]

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Scott’s Thoughts: An Honest Risk

“Our lives improve only when we take chances, and the first and most difficult risk we can take is to be honest with ourselves.” Walter Anderson, American artist. It’s a lesson some people don’t learn until much later in life, but it’s one that benefits us immensely the earlier we learn it: It is crucial [...]

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Scott’s Thoughts: Analysis & Action

“We cannot put off living until we are ready. The most salient characteristic of life is its urgency, ‘here and now’ without any possible postponement. Life is fired at us point-blank.” Jos√© Ortega y Gasset, Spanish philosopher and essayist. Analysis and action: Both are necessary when it comes to problem solving. But do you find [...]

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Scott’s Thoughts: Winning in the Process

“For me, winning isn’t something that happens suddenly on the field when the whistle blows and the crowds roar. Winning is something that builds physically and mentally every day that you train and every night that you dream.” -Emmitt Smith, American football player The moment of the win doesn’t last. Yes, there is the sense [...]

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Scott’s Thoughts: Rising from Down Days

“We are made to persist. That’s how we find out who we are.” Tobias Wolff, American author. Ever have one of those days when dealing with the details bogs you down? When you’re working in the trenches on your business, it’s too easy to lose sight of the importance of consistent, incremental improvement. You may [...]

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