Category Archives: Woodshed Moments

These “Woodshed Moments” are equivalent to grabbing ner-do-wells by the scruff of the neck to get their attention and saying “Straighten up and fly right or else — and here’s why”!

PRESILIENCE

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  A critical attribute of successful venturing is the ability to survive disappointment and recover from disaster – a property called RESILIENCE. But trying to extract a rejuvenating infusion from an empty reservoir is a tough proposition! The question posed here is: How does one build the CAPACITY for Resilience — BEFORE it’s required? How […]

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Life is Like a Cave

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Plato had it about right and was well ahead of his time, trying to explain why we all fall so far short of our potential – and short of our ability to enjoy the full fruits of life. Allegory of the cave – Wikipedia The allegory of the cave, or Plato’s Cave, is an allegory presented by the Greek philosopher Plato in his […]

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Who Knows You

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The best “insider” advice for success that most people have traditionally given aspiring emerging generations generally isn’t “Work Hard” and “Become Irreplaceable/Indispensible”.  It is: “It’s who you know!” However, I’ve found, personally, it’s been a lot more about WHO KNOWS YOU … and WHAT YOU CAN DO!   It’s not about “schmoozing”.   It’s about showing up, […]

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Not Your Fault

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You’re 25 years old (maybe 30, maybe 40?), sailing through life in a fast-paced Gig-Economy, paying the rent and utilities, mostly eating out on the run, doing a fair amount of social media, streaming Netflix, playing video games, and, generally, looking forward to more of the same as you move UP in the world.  Life […]

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Conditioning

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I have been haunted by this intractable, plaintive cry of employers: “We can’t retain employees – some leaving after only a day on the job!” Landscaper  After spending 3 hours a day on several very modest landscaping projects at our new, down-sized house, I think I finally GET IT!   I would not, personally, last more […]

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