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"Travel far enough, you meet yourself."

Written by David Mitchell in Cloud Atlas, it's one of my favorite life quotes. And his perspective is so very true for those who backpack or briefcase the globe wanderlusting for adventure and meeting new, exciting and interesting people. All over....

I was eyeing my dinner companion’s parmesan-encrusted truffle fries while listening to a bunch of 20-somethings talk about their jobs. Some were enthusiastic, some were ready to leave, but all were keenly aware of the skills they were developing and the experience they were gaining. The one...

I’ve met you, even if you don’t know it yet. You’re highly motivated to learn and apply underlying logic to everyday life. You’re naturally curious. And you don’t give up easily. Ever. Your enthusiasm shows—for figuring things out and for helping others along the way. You’re Launchers (or s...

How many re-tweets define your personal brand? Zippo. Same is true with the amount of "likes" or "endorsements" on your LinkedIn Profile. When it comes to your career, popularity on social media is trumped by your relevant life experiences.

Your brand stems from how you live your life

Wh...

"Stress overload makes us stupid. Solid research proves it. When we get overstressed, it creates a nasty chemical soup in our brains that makes it hard to pull out of the anxious depressive spiral." ~ Gail Sheehy

I've seen the workplace jungle in times of change.

While adaptation to a new wor...

I was six when my dad dropped a beetle in my hand. It was turquoise blue—a color I've grown to love for its purpose and power in life, especially among Native American cultures. But this beetle was from Egyptian soil.

And its significance outweighed any rolling of the dice in work or in life...

It was in a jungle just south of the Golden Triangle, when I first saw an elephant paint. I was expecting a tacky show, featuring a few lucky swipes of a brush that connected with canvas. Instead, the elephant turned out to be an artist.

It seemed like a crazy thing to do. Crawl into a cage with four huge tigers, past the signs warning: "Danger. Do not put anything in the cage. Especially fingers or hands..."

"When I see a spider, I usually ask someone to kill it for me," says the arachnophobe. "And even after it's dead, I won't go near the corpse for 24 hours."

Feeding Fear

Fight or flight. How true in life—and in business.

Fear stems from the most primordial part of the brain. Whether caused by a...

I could smell it before I saw anything. They were burning the jungle north of Siem Reap to clear land for new fields. Through the smoke, I could see lines of men walking together across the fields with long sticks, poking the soil in front of them as they went. In a few hours, I would know...

Odd line-up? Both have historical roots to help us today with one of the trickiest of skills. Enter "The Economics of Networking" match with world explorer Marco Polo in one corner and your office Water Cooler in the other. Winning strategy? Meeting the right people at the right time who ca...

Yup, grass. It sometimes "seems greener" on the other side of the fence. The question is, which fence...and is it time to jump or not?

To leap or not to leap

Lost that spark at work? Not inspired by your company's mission anymore?

Lack of leadership? Lagging industry?

Or perhaps you're i...

We were en route to a mystical destination...with a 35-foot hand-carved spruce tree ladder to transport us through the final stretch. Evoking hope, eagerness, competitiveness and fear, the ladder triggered a vision of heroes long ago, ascending rough terrain. Symbol of something special? Yo...

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