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What Would You Say If You Could Go Back in Time?

If you could go back in time and give advice to yourself right before the pandemic hit, what would you say? Here’s my answer. Let’s assume it’s January 2020, just as we’re beginning to hear news about a strange virus in Wuhan, China… Welcome to the beginning of the strangest year the modern world has ever known. You don’t realize it now, but life...

We did it. Now what? 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

Friends and readers, we did it. It actually happened! I’m reminded of the quote that’s attributed to Winston Churchill: “You can always count on America to do the right thing, after it has exhausted all other options.” The monumental U.S. election results won’t change everything, but they do send a clear signal of most Americans’ wish for change....

A Love Letter to Trump Supporters ❤️

I’d like to speak to any of my readers who have supported the current U.S. president in the past, or who are planning to do so again this year. Believe it or not, I’ve been trying to understand where you’re coming from. I wrote and rewrote this post at least three times before figuring out what I wanted to say. I knew that if I insulted you, you wouldn’t...

Feeling Depressed in 2020? It’s Not Just You 😔

When we all went into this thing in March, I tried to remain as positive as possible. I still believe everything I said before, about how I want to come out of this time better than I was when it started, etc. We can only worry about what’s within our control. And of course, let’s try to be kind to one another. But then the spring turned to summer,...

Working Hard at Something That Doesn’t Matter

“Our greatest fear should not be failure but succeeding at things in life that don’t really matter.” Last year, pre-pandemic, I went to a three-day yoga retreat in Arizona. I’d never done such a thing before and was thinking of signing up for a longer one, so this seemed like a safe introduction. The yoga itself was good. I enjoyed the classes and...

The Steps Before the First Step

If you try to tackle a big project and end up getting stuck somewhere along the way, it might mean that some steps are missing. Imagine trying to complete a difficult, 1,000-piece jigsaw puzzle. Even though it has a thousand pieces, finishing the puzzle requires to complete more than a thousand steps. You need to spend time sorting, grouping, and...

The Courage to Change Your Mind

Here’s a helpful filter to know when to worry: does something sound too good to be true, or does it sound so bad that people give up and stop thinking for themselves? Either way, when everyone around you agrees, it’s worth asking some questions. Questions like: “What’s really going on here—and who is threatened by disagreement?” Consider it an opportunity!...

New! A Reading Group Guide to The Money Tree

Link: –> Download the Money Tree Reading Group Guide In addition to the Third Way group that I’m starting, a lot of people have asked for materials to facilitate conversations around The Money Tree. I’m glad they did! We now have a free reading group guide that you can access for book clubs, friends and family, or just your own reflections. If...

If You Find Yourself Dreading Appointments You Made Long Ago, Start Asking “Would I Do This Tomorrow?”

You know the feeling you get when an appointment approaches on your calendar and you’re not looking forward to it? Maybe you’re even dreading it? Ugh, I totally forgot about that, you think. But I guess I need to to do it, since I agreed long ago. We’ve all been there. Some of us find ourselves there all the time. The good news is, there’s a trick...

The Third Way: New Interactive Meeting Thursday, May 7

Link: –> Sign up for a Live Meeting Last week I did a Masterclass for several hundred people who had pre-ordered The Money Tree. Can you have that many people on Zoom at once? Apparently you can! It was a lot of fun, and in some ways, it reminded me of my book tours … you know, like the one I’m not doing now. In the book, the main character...

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