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I am excited to bring you an installment of Food 4 Thought, with the intent of sparking new ways to look at and approach our lives, tackle the challenges and changes we are faced with, and exercise our collective growth mindset as we and those around us grow.

No soup for you!

The Soup Nazi

Seinfeld

Diane’s Dad: What are your plans for the future?

Lloyd Dobler: I don’t want to sell anything, buy anything, or process anything as a career. I don’t want to sell anything bought, processed, or buy anything sold or processed, or process anything sold…

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I think anyone who reads my content with any regularity probably has a sense that I am one who reads a great many leadership books and soaks in more than my share of non-fiction. Long time readers are likely to know that I have an affinity for the fantastical as well. The reality is that whether it is books, podcasts, YouTube videos (or any type of consumption) my tastes are not only eclectic, but they are randomly indulged.

At any given moment in time, you might find a fantasy novel on my bookshelf next to a Seth Godin book. If…

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Photo by Richard Burlton on Unsplash

I once heard an amateur activist chorus deftly adapt the 12 Days of Christmas into a powerful message they were trying to convey, by springing their message on the listeners-out of the blue-with a thrilling operatic soprano at the end.

…and….a….p-aar tridge in aaaaaaaaa pearrrrr treeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

That got me to thinking about the end of this relentlessly taxing year and endings: specifically intentional, impactful endings

Author, Dan Pink, who published a book about maximizing the productivity and impact of your work and your life, called When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing, says this about endings:

Endings have a disproportionate…

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In these troubling times many of us have experienced change or loss.

While the sting of those losses, some professional, too many personal and all deeply impactful, remains with us, we find ourselves facing the winds of change, off balance and chasing who we used to be. In the aftermath, many of us find ourselves wearing a new hat or potentially multiple hats in whatever new paradigm we land in. This is probably exciting for some and scary for others. My bet is the majority of us feel both ways!

That is normal, that is OK.

I want to take…

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I have this “friend.” One of those special people that is supposed to be a mentee, instead she mentors me. She is a fan of these stories and thinks that I should not only keep writing them, but that I should be required to put a dorky picture of myself, as a kid or young adult, in each one. Quite the friend, eh?! Well I sure can pick ‘em!

In honor of this friend, I offer you this photo of your author in middle school.

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Photo by Frank Uyt den Bogaard on Unsplash

I am excited to bring you an installment of Four4Soaring, with the intent of sparking new ways to look at and approach life, tackle the changes we are faced with, and exercise our collective growth mindset as we grow.

Part 1: Funny thing is…Humor is serious business

“A sense of humor is part of the art of leadership, of getting along with people, of getting things done.” Dwight David Eisenhower

Friends, things have been rough for a long while now. …

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At a time when we feel our differences are unprecedented and we feel the divides and “space between us” are insurmountable, there is solace in recognizing that we have always had differences. We have always had deep rifts in our national “tribal subcultures.” Nearly 30 years ago, in 1992, George Carlin exposed a great many of those rifts, I can recall watching his standup special, Jammin’ in New York, when it was fairly new. …

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There is a growing tension between our technology and our humanity and managing it as we move forward.

As a middle-schooler, I enrolled in this new elective called “computer science.” I recall feeling the excitement of all I would learn regarding this fledgling field of “computers.” A couple of my (so-called) “rich” friends (i.e. they lived in homes and their parents had mortgages) had the “top of the line” for consumers, Radio Shack TRS 80s! One of them, whose dad worked at nearby NASA, had an Atari 800 with a cassette drive! Oh, the technology!! …

Throw Down your Shield and Embrace the Awkward

I have various social media platforms (that do not go by my name) to inspire and encourage folks and to make them laugh. They do OK in the views and impressions department, but I am not exactly what one would call an “influencer.”

However, what they have provided me with, along with this blogging thing I pound out typically in the wee hours of any given morning before work begins, is a priceless feeling of adding just a little sprinkle of value into people’s lives.

The bonus is they have also given me a place to express, share, and try…

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I am a guy who grew up in the ’70s and ’80s and as such I have been Easy Bake Oven cooked, MTV blasted and Slip and Slide soaked, from childhood, in cartoons, TV shows, and movies that predicted the future.

Judy: Zoom, Dad, Zoom! (uses hip 60’s lingo to encourage George to play the futuristic drums fervently)

Jet Screamer sings: “Eep Op Ork Ah Ah” (Screamer, a futuristic teen singer with a sublimely genius songwriting gift, plays an equally fervent guitar riff)

In the classic 1962 Hanna-Barbera 60’s cartoon series The Jetson’s, well into afternoon reruns when I…

John Johnson

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