10 questions no one is asking right now (which you SHOULD be)

If there’s one thing that suffers in a crisis, it’s the number, and the QUALITY, of the questions people ask themselves.The current crisis is no exception. And the problem is . . . .A crisis is the WORST time to stop asking questions.A question forces you to stop panicking and reacting.And to think. And reflect. Consider: How does […]

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Life-changing questions to ask your customers (for which they’ll thank you 10 years from now

Aaaaahhhh, there you are, Sherlock. Sitting comfortably? Excellent.  Let us begin. Your customers will walk through the doors of your little shop this morning with at least one question running through their head. They may not know how to articulate it, but . . . They have a question. Guaranteed.If it’s a bad morning, they’ll have two or three, or […]

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What 1 thing does SCIENCE say is absolutely CRUCIAL to a Life Well Lived, that almost everyone is missing right now?

What science says? About a life well lived? Short answer? SQUAT. Science doesn’t say a BLESSED THING about it. (Disclaimer: I haven’t surveyed the thousands and thousands of articles in Psychology Today and all the social science journals out there. It’s quite possible, even probable, that they do have something to say about this. But here’s the upshot:It actually don’t […]

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My forecast for this decade

Well, whaddya know.  Always wanted to see a tornado, but sorta figured it would come when I was . . . . somewhat further south. We’d been taking my brother-in-law and girlfriend on a tour of downtown Ottawa, and were heading home along the southern shore of the Ottawa River. When the tornado alert sounded on several cellphones […]

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The habit of adventurous curiosity

Yeah, I know. Curiosity killed the cat.Doh! That’s why cats are insured for nine lives . . . . .90% of wisdom is cultivating the habit of adventurous curiosity.Deep, persistent, and INSANE curiosity.Kids get this. Even though they can’t articulate it . . . . If you’ve been a parent, you know the frustration of your […]

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Fight the Retirement Virus

Hey Dave! When are you going to retire?Lost track how may times I’ve been asked that.I knew the poser of the question ulterior motives. The real, unstated question was:Hey Dave! When can we have unfettered access to your time? You’re just so darn useful to have around here. But you’re never here exactly when we need ya!And, […]

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Why?

Oh, Great.”Why?”  conjures up memories of raising your toddler. The incessant questions.I tried very hard to answer every one as honestly as I could, without betraying any frustration that I might have been feeling as I was rushing to get out the door to work, or prepare supper, or whatever automatically necessary task was in […]

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