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Why You Should Run Towards Danger

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I was around 21 years old, training in martial arts at a rapid clip. Dedicated and progressing quickly. I was two ranks below black belt. The test for the next rank was coming up. My instructor encouraged, almost demanded, that ...

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The Illusion Of Control

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Yesterday my son had surgery. A tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy (TNA in medical jargon). A fairly simple procedure in the realm of surgeries. I had mine taken out when I was around 8 and vaguely remember it as not being that bad ...

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The Weight Of Old Things

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I was in the basement with my five-year old son the other day, looking for something among the boxes, furniture, and other assorted cruft that accumulates when you have a home. The basement becomes a repository of discarded or forgotten items. ...

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Associate’s Mind Primer For Young Professionals Seeking Mentors

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Last week I wrote at length on relationships. Specifically, How To Turn A Casual Relationship Into A Real Relationship. In that post, I discussed three broad network categories, noting that all the relationships in your life are not equal. In the post I focused ...

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Don’t Settle For Boredom

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Last week over at Above The Law, I wrote a post entitled Grit and a Growth Mindset: It’s the difference between a fixed mindset and a growth mindset. A fixed mindset is intimidated by obstacles, sees effort as fruitless, and takes criticism ...

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Allegory Of The Long Spoons

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The following is a brief allegory, told from a Jewish perspective. Initially I heard it as a Buddhist lesson. I’m sure there are variations of the tale across many religions, it’s message so universal. Rabbi Haim of Romshishok was an ...

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Busy v. Remarkable

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  I was recently corresponding with a friend and the topic of extra-curricular projects came up. I rattled off a list of 6 or 7 things I’m doing outside of work.1 Bar committees, speaking engagements, article writing, writing a book, ...

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A Time For Action in the New Year

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  A New Year. From my New Year’s post last year, True Victory is Victory Over the Self: People will dedicate themselves to change. They will tell themselves that this year will be different. They will commit to change their ...

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