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There’s always that choice to make

Bosses can be pain in the ass. In a good way — they help unleash your best version. Something you may never have done it yourself. And no, I’m not saying just because my boss my read it. It’s a fact. Listen, you’re gonna spend the rest of your life (if being employed is the thing for you) whining about how bad or stupid your boss or whoever you report to is. But who are you going to tell? Your peers? I don’t think so. Your direct reports? Possibly. And guess how are they going to judge (and everyone judges, except coaches and mothers… well most coaches) you? As a…

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Make a decision using the 3 R’s framework

Been studying John Maxwell’s Develop the Leaders Within 2.0 to prep-up for my next mastermind in June. One of the most profound (to me) chapters in the book is on Decision Making. It’s the hardest skill to master, yet none of us (yes, even you!) won’t admit that we suck at it! I guess that’s the ego within us all! And that’s okay, like I often say, “creating awareness is the first step to mastery.” Why should you even consider this? Simply because we think we’ve got our priorities right but most of the time we haven’t. I say that from my experience. The framework is not just simple but…

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And I thought this would be easy?

My mind’s busting with numbers, calculations, terminologies, and whatnot. So much so that I can’t seem to blurt out one comprehensive word! Right this moment, I’m thinking about the volume distribution of a preparatory phase training program for a beginner. Need to design one too! If that sounds complicated, believe me. It is! Now I wonder how the hell have thousands of entrepreneurs across the globe have built businesses just by selling training programs. Almost all of them aren’t even backed by science or data. They work because it worked for the trainer/instructor selling the program. I know CrossFitters, particularly the ones who compete, swear by their training program and…

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Dazed and confused

One of the first things I looked for after reaching Incheon (Seoul) was a Starbucks. And I found it… not just one, but many sprawled across the city. It truly is one of the most stunning places I’ve visited in recent years. I’m just inspired and awestruck each time I get to another corner of the city. For the past five and a half hours I’ve also been trying (my best) to adapt to a “gap” that I never anticipated. Language and food. I am unable to understand the menu right off the bat (most aren’t in English and google translate isn’t perfect yet) and asking the staff to explain…

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Stop sowing, let the seeds reap

I’m all set to take off to South Korea. For yet another training and development program. This time in powerlifting/strength training. I’d been eager to sign up for this until I really did a couple of weeks back. Needless to say, I’m stoked! Really looking forward to learning a lot and apply to my business. I’m not sure if I’ve shared this before, but I’m building a company that solely focuses on leadership development and executive coaching. I honestly wish I could figure out a way to squeeze in strength training and powerlifting in the mix but haven’t been able to do that. Yet. But then, it’s not really required.…

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Everything rises and falls on leadership

That’s what John Maxwell has taught me… and a million others across the world. The sad part is that leadership has become a commodity. Every one wants to become one but nobody wants to actually be one. Most leaders would rather impose authority than influence to get things done. Where have all the leaders gone? I don’t know. But we’ve got one right within us waiting to be unleashed. Just that we’re waiting for someone’s permission. Unfortunately, you’re not going to get any because the world’s doing just fine with Level 1 leaders. Here’s how John describes a Level 1 leader: The lowest level of leadership—the entry level, if you…

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What slows down momentum?

Yesterday I spoke about one of my favorite topics — building momentum. And honestly, I didn’t think I didn’t a great job covering off all the important aspects of building, maintaining and obstacles to momentum. Let’s face it — we want to slow down in life but would always appreciate having that sense of momentum in place. I guess it’s what gives meaning to our lives. A sense of progress, success, and growth. Now, who wouldn’t want that? The challenge, however, is that we’re living in times where information is found in abundance. That’s both a blessing and a curse. Let me not waste time counting our blessings. Overload of information…

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Building momentum

I googled the word “Momentum” for its literal meaning. And here’s one of them: the impetus and driving force gained by the development of a process or course of events. Having a sense of momentum gives me a high! I feel like a snowball rolling down a steep hill that just grows bigger and bigger. My guess is that you would love to experience that as well. Won’t you? The question is how can one create and build momentum? While I don’t know the exact science behind it but I sure can get you to a place to start. Think of that ONE big thing you would like to achieve in…

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Start light… always

I finally got to the gym after an 8-day uncalled, unplanned and totally unnecessary (but had to live with it nonetheless) break. And as my logic would permit, I would go back three weeks into my training cycle (same weights and lower intensity). A huge mistake. Four hours later my legs and back are so sore I can barely walk. In retrospect, I should have lowered the weight as well. Just lowering the reps and sets wasn’t enough. And while I was having those thoughts during training my ego screamed at me “come on, man! You can do this! You’ve done this a hundred times in the past 10 weeks……

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Should you work for free?

YES! Absolutely! Working for free is the best tradeoff you can make for the initial phase of your career as a freelancer or a wantrepreneur. Some would emphatically disagree, but that’s okay. For me, I would like to ensure that the work that I do for free is as good or even better than the paid stuff (or service) out there. Period. That’s what will define me and my service in future. Free is the best currency when you’re starting something new. That’s why samples are a better strategy for a brand new product than a strategic product placement strategy. You’ve got to give your potential consumers a chance to try…

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