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How to (finally) take action on your dreams

NB: Before we begin: this is the latest article in a series on modern leadership mastery. The series overview and links to previous articles can be found here.  It’s seductive to tell yourself, “I’m going to change EVERYTHING in one fell swoop. I’ll do a hard reset on my life! I’ll start exercising, stand up to my boss, reignite the passion in my relationship, and give back to my community. Starting now, I will finally be the man or woman I’ve always ...

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Why discipline and persuasion are overrated

NB: Before we begin: this is the latest article in a series on modern leadership mastery. The series overview and links to previous articles can be found here.  Two models for translating your dream into reality… Model 1: Work hard, play hard. You work hard every single day. You motivate yourself to get out of bed and perform. You persuade the people around you to see the world from your perspective and motivate them to get their work done on time. You’re disciplined. You sp...

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How to get people to invest in you

NB: Before we begin: this is the latest article in a series on modern leadership mastery. The series overview and links to previous articles can be found here. 2010: It’s pasta night. Every night is pasta night. It’s delicious and very cheap and healthy enough. I’m living paycheck to pay check. These days, every new client is the difference between making rent, and not.  Gelman calls. He says, “Hey Jay – a family friend runs a college in DC, and they’...

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What if the rest of your life were like the past few weeks? Or, why I’m moving after six years….

This is the last photo I took before leaving DC. Room 11 is home to many fond memories there.   “How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.” – Annie Dillard A question for you: if the rest of your life was like the past few weeks, would that be ok with you?The importance of this question is not immediately obvious, but think about it for a moment. For the vast majority of us, next week will be deceptively similar to this week, which again, was very simil...

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The best leadership advice I’ve ever received

NB: Before we begin: this is the latest article in a series on modern leadership mastery. The series overview and links to previous articles can be found here. The best leadership advice (and one of the best pieces of life advice) that I’ve ever received is this: find a great mentor and learn from them. A short list of ways that mentors have changed my life: Prevented me from dropping out of college two weeks before graduation (I don’t know what that hell I was thinking) Taught...

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