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Harvesting an Epic Failure (The Stone Series, Part II)

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Last week, I was about 20 minutes into a lecture on “Focus” when I realized that I was giving what might very well have been the most discombobulated presentation of my entire career. Standing there before a roomful of people who had come to learn about focus, speaking in real time to keep from entering […]

Everyday Superhero

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I was standing in line at a coffee house today when two police officers stepped up behind me. They were both in tip-top shape, having a conversation about someone’s life that they had just saved. I noticed the utility belts they were wearing and it hit me: wow, these guys are like superheroes—actual superheroes! This […]

Risk or Retreat?

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Last night during a particularly vivid dream, I noticed that in television and movies there are often very specific musical themes that accompany specific characters. The main character in particular often has two key themes or variations that follow him or her through the movie. One is the inspirational, “on the path” theme. The other […]

Our Birthright

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In the natural world, plants and animals are driven to live in peak condition as a matter of everyday adaptation and survival. Human beings are important members of this natural world. By birthright, we too are called to live in peak condition. We are called to cooperate with the various Earth systems and other living […]

How the User’s Guide Material Is Organized

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The User’s Guide To Being Human is organized in two books. Book 1—The Art and Science of Self examines eight arts for personal development. It guides the reader to make use of those arts through a “Personal Growth Project.” Book 2—The Art and Science of Connection examines eight arts for connecting with others and leading […]

The Magic of Following Your Own Advice

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What if a vast amount of the advice that we offer to others is actually advice for ourselves? Is it possible that we use these experiences to prove the validity of our own wisdom by trying it out on various test subjects around us? What if, ironically, we miss out on much of our own wisdom because we are so busy offering it to others?

What Is The Users Guide To Being Human?

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Life is an artistic process. Whether we are aware of it or not, we sculpt ourselves with every thought, every behavior, every action. Each of us holds extraordinary creative power within, yet many of us tend to harness only a fraction of this power. As a result, our art only partly achieves its great purpose, that of bringing out the potential magnificence in ourselves, our relationships and our world…

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