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Yikes. Ignoring the stereotype in that statement for a quick sec, that’s an eye-opening finding. If we can surround ourselves with cues that remind us of how awesome we are, then we’ll more likely perform better. In simpler terms — a few critical objects on your desk could make you more productive and powerful. #InfinityGems

In this post I’ll discuss:

  • How to use your identity to elevate…


Why your ambition is failing & new kinds of ambition that’s more balanced, sustainable, and leads to real success.

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We all have ambition, but sometimes that word gives off a sense of corruption, negativity. As if having ambition must mean compromising how many meaningful relationships we can have along the way.

In this article, we’ll dig into why ambition goes off the rails and then new tactics on how…

Absolutely everything we do is an algorithm. In fact, most of our time is spent as mindless machines, running on cruise control and reliant on our homo sapien evolution with a sprinkle of environmental, cultural influences.

I’m ruminating on what Yuval Noah Harari’s Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow has left with me. A really fantastic book, especially if paired with his first book, Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind. Together, Harari traces how we evolved and makes predictions on where humankind is going. These are grandiose forecasts, so prob best with a glass of wine or stout!


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Tell me how often you’ve felt like your mind is full of noise. So noisy that it’s hard to think. Sometimes it may be because we have too much going on in our life (i.e. family, work, chores, hobbies, staying up on the latest COVID development, Netflix). But sometimes, it’s actually real noise in our environment that’s contributing to the madness.

The Power of Being Quiet can be viewed through both the lens of positivity & productivity. (I know, total shocker! Haha!) …

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I just finished reading Exhalations by Ted Chiang, a collection of short stories. One of them, “The Truth of Fact, the Truth of Feeling” was about how a person remembers their past, and how that story about ourselves can change depending on how we view ourselves. For example, an inside joke I have with a racquetball buddy is that I’m undefeated in all the years of playing against him. …

Just finished James Clear’s book, Atomic Habits, which I highly recommend. A very practical, no nonsense book full of step by step instructions on how to build better habits. And let’s face it, when I hear someone say habit, I get this warm fuzzy feeling inside of me. ;)

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One concept he puts his spin on is the idea of getting just 1% better everyday. Simply put: instead of focusing on big, massive changes, just focus on getting 1% better at something. He then lays out the mathematical proof how if you get just 1% better everyday, it compounds to…

Why is the problem burnout? If we flip that thought, the challenge should be how can we take advantage of this rare opportunity. For most of us, when else have we not been in the office, no commutes, and intense time with our household?

We need to maximize this time in our life and rethink everything. We can thrive even more than before.

Productivity and positivity leads to greater success — we know this! Here are 8 aspects where I’ll offer a Classic tip that still works, and a new Game Changer that will elevate us even more.


1. Thriving Morning Routine

One of…

When you spend as much time as I do researching leadership traits and taking leadership courses, you come to realize there is a personality self-assessment and framework for everything. From Myers Briggs to HBDI to Principle You, there’s an endless amount of ways to understand ourselves. The trick that no one tells you is that the self-assessments are NOT for you, it’s for the people around you. Taking these personality tests are only useful if there are people in your life to apply them to.

That’s not to say it’s not also critical you understand how you prefer to think…

Let’s move beyond why taking initiative matters. Clearly, we all know taking initiative yields much more success, both from a professional and personal standpoint. So… why don’t people take initiative more often? I’m talking about being the first to take on new work, or to apologize to your significant other, or as simple as washing that dirty dish that’s been in the sink forever.


One Question to Take More Initiative

Let me introduce the logic versus character driven question. I recently finished Adam…

The inspiration for this article is from a @DEADLINE article by @DeadlineMike on, “Dwayne Johnson Surpasses 200 Million Instagram Followers, Most By Any American Man.”

Being a big Rock fan, I’ve enjoyed his authenticity when it comes to spreading kindness and compassion. For a celebrity, it’s typically important to remain politically neutral, but in recent years he’s been using his clout to push that needle.

Johnny T. Nguyen

Founder of Venture Out, employed by NASA, and wannabe adventurer. More at

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